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Mini-Guinea Singapore, Sep 2010, Day 1-4 by michi on Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:51 am
A quick update on the Singapore camp...

I got there on the morning of the first session and met Mamady outside the venue. He looked a lot more lively and happy than he did last time I saw him at the end of April. He's smiling a lot and the spring is back in his step. Good to see!

About 48 people are attending the workshop. Not all of them will be there for the entire time--some people are leaving early, others are arriving late. So far, numbers seem to be stable in the high fourties.

Day 1

Mamady did the usual thing of spending the first day with everyone together, to sort people into intermediate and advanced groups. He did four rhythms in the first two sessions: Liberte (4/4), Djansa, Garangedon, and Saranken. Saranken is one of Mamady's compositions. "Saran" is the name of a woman, and "ken" means "beautiful". Mamady explained that he wrote the rhythm in homage to everything that is beautiful in women. Not the beauty on the outside but, as Mamady put...

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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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Drumming under water by michi on Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:32 am
Well, here I am in Queensland (the Sunshine State), and three quarters of the state have been declared a disaster area. The recent floods are the worst natural disaster in Australia's history (in extent, not in terms of loss of life fortunately).

Queensland is a large state. To give you an idea how large, take Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. All together, they are not quite as large as Queensland. You need to add Massachusetts and Connecticut to make up the difference. Or, if you want to put it differently, Queensland is has almost exactly 20% of the land area of the entire United States. Three quarters of that are flooded or severely affected by flood.

Queensland has experienced very serious losses of crops and livestock. Infrastructure is seriously damaged everywhere. Roads, bridges, water supply, electricity, communications, etc. It is difficult to ensure supply of essential goods to many areas that are cut off by the floods. Supermarkets are low or empty...

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Mini-Guinea San Diego, May 2010, day 9 by michi on Fri May 07, 2010 6:00 am
Day 9 (Thursday) of the camp.

The intermediate group started on Mendiani today, and worked through the first few phrases of the solo original.

The advanced group did Soboninkun, including (the complete) solo original. That session was a lot of fun--Soboninkun is one of those rhythms that hovers between 6/8 and 4/4 and really is neither...

The afternoon pyramid was spent rehearsing. The pyramid is complete now, so tomorrow we'll spend time rehearsing and polishing, and maybe add a bit of choreography, but no more new material. I posted a sound clip of the arrangement of Djansa, Macru, Fe 3, and Denadon. (No solos, just short rhythm sections between the arranged breaks.)

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Adama Drame djembe for sale by johanbotha on Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:54 pm
I'm based in Johannesburg, South Africa - a friend is selling his Adama Drame djembe - with a letter from Adama authenticating it's origin. It's about 14-15" head diameter and beautifully made.

any ideas on what it's worth..

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