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Rusty Eklund Workshops April 26-27, 2014 by JudyMc on Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:52 am
As the co-organizer of the workshops in Des Moines, Iowa it was good to have an early idea of what the format and general content of the classes would be and to see that we provided that general experience to the folks who attended. Rusty responded to the circumstances and skills of individuals in the class and made appropriate refinements in the exact list of rhythms taught. As we attended Rusty's classes, the depth and layers of knowledge he brought to the instruction became really evident. Beyond the basics of hand-patterns, movements, rhythm families and "parts" of a specific rhythm there is a density of content and knowledge of cultural expression in the music to which his first-hand experiences in Mali brings richness. So, it was dense-packed information for those able to glean it and an enjoyable stretching of skill and knowedge for all of us. We intend to have a follow-up session toward the end of his tour and look forward to it.
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Rusty Eklund Workshop by mandinka323 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:30 pm
I just wanted to comment that I attended a wonderful workshop with Rusty Eklund, on Saturday, 4/26/14. It was very well done. We worked on Suku, Wolosso and Numu Foly. Rusty was very patient and clear in his explanations, and did much to teach us a lot in a short period. I recommend attending one of his workshops to all, and if you have the chance to study with him, regardless of your skill level, he will find ways to challenge you and to expand your knowledge-base of djembe drumming.

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Forokoroba - Looking for info on this rhythm by kbmountain@gmail.com on Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:35 pm
Nov 2013, in Guinea, I learned a dance to a rhythm called Forokoroba. After asking my teachers to say it repeatedly, that is how I believe it is spelled ... or at least sounds like it's spelled. I was told it is a Malinke welcoming and celebration rhythm. They likened it to a Yankadi, a happy, feel good "swingy" rhythm. I can not find any history or drum notation on it. I have found a few work shop videos of it being taught in dance classes in France. Can anyone provide me with more information on Forokoroba? Thank you.

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Lonely Djembe by messengert69 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:09 pm
I am in Wallasey, Merseyside. I am a lonely Djembeist and really like to meet with others to learn to play properly with like minded players. I have taught myself how to reskin and rope (as first purchase was a carcase with rings) now plays to my satisfaction but could do with advice re tuning. Also purchased a Typhoon (varnished Oak mechanical tuning) minus skin and have rebuilt that one. Now I really want to put them to good use.
Heal the feeling, feel the healing.
As the Djembe is the Healing Drum I want to proceed to the healing.

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Bolokada Conde invites you to Guinea this Dec.! by MalenaAmusa on Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:14 pm
It brings me great pleasure to invite you to BOLOKADA CONDE's trip & workshop intensive in Guinea this December, 2013 !!

The trip is one of the Bolokada's most ambitious -- 21+ days of daily drum & dance classes, and tours in Conakry and three villages. Drummers will dive into full-sensory and immersed master classes on all drums, technique, solo and accompaniment, rhythms, songs, and folklore. Dancers will study with director of Ballet Soleil d'Afrique Ibrahim Sory Camara, one of Guinea’s greatest choreographers.

Clean accommodation, tasty food, drums, and in-country transport are provided, not to mention awesome fellowship with Bolokada's family, friends, and students !! Flights are about $1,500. The trip is $1,800 for 3 weeks. Bolokada invites professionals, master students, teachers, performers, and enthusiasts from across the globe for this amazing experience. [Trip website: http://www.trip2guinea.com/ ...

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