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African Soul presents TELEMA TOURS TO GHANA W/A SEPT 2012 by Bortier on Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:43 pm
African Soul presents
TELEMA TOUR TO GHANA 14 SEPT - 13 OCT 2012


Join master drummer Bortier Okoe for a once-in-a-life-time Ghanaian experience. Open your heart and immerse yourself in rich and vibrant culture on a four-week intensive cultural tour. You will live in the town of Nungua amongst the community, learn the traditional rhythms, songs and dances and develop your skills under the guidance of Bortier and local drum and dance masters.

Bortier’s family will welcome you, share their culture, and cook for you their traditional and delicious food. Take part in live performances specially arranged for you, be entertained by renowned performers, learn to cook favourite Ghanaian food, witness traditional ceremonies, take part in weekend excursions and end your tour with a spectacular performance, showcasing your new skills for the whole community.

Though everyone’s experience will be unique, feeling the rhythm of Ghanaian life and the joy of people around you is something eve...

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winter part 2 by Dugafola on Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:20 pm
winter also means more splits in my fungers.

i try to refrain from playing lead during a dance class warmup so i can get my hands and body warmed up too.

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Where have all the notation web pages gone? by ladydjembe on Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:57 pm
When I started out playing Djembe, I remember scouring the web and finding many wonderful sites full of great notation. Where have most of them dissapearing to. Where are all the notation libraries gone are they only up for profit now?
Wap pages still there...great
Where did Djansa.be go??. This was the most informative site ever.
Did djembefola.com also have lists once upon a time?.
Or did I imagine all these wonderful pages on the web in a dream.

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Djaa by Dugafola on Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:37 pm
Bolokada taught Djaa last night with a little arrangement.

interesting tidbit...Bolo told us that he loves Djaa because it's the rhythm/occasion that made him famous in his region. he is a folkloric specialist for all types occasions: weddings, safinamalos, dembadon, baptisms, circumcision, dennabos, kassa, mendiani, kawa etc...but the Djalaban is where it all started.

he explained there are two basic occasions for djaa: the first being the fete/party for young people and the second being the Djalaban - the last "dance" or "fete" for a young woman about to be wed. Djalaban is the first fete in the wedding sequence. the second is the safinamalo(i also got to play a safina...another blog for another time), third is dembadon, and the fourth is the actual marriage. the woman to be married doesn't even get to dance at her own party. she's not even really present until they process her out and her friends and family (all female) dance and sing around her. at the...

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New to site/ my manifesto by gr3vans on Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:09 am
Greetings.

Just found this forum and look forward to using it as a resource for the furthering of my study of Mandeng music. Ideally this will involve giving back as well as taking, so... I have decided to keep a journal of sort of what I am playing and studying and in what venues mostly for my own reference but possibly to inspire discussions and for others to play.

Where I am at in my learning.... On a scale of one to ten, I usually feel like I'm at a two or a three. Realistically I should give myself more credit, but I have forgotten quite a bit during the last several years and am also weak to the drum. I have a steep hill to climb for sure. Back in the last century I came across my first Djembe. It was given to me as a gift on my 18th birthday. There were drum circles near my house at the time so I attended those with an intent to play and learn. There were a few guys in the area that had studied a bit of traditional djembe and dunun and I connected with some of them, in...

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