Paul wrote:Hi Tom,
I really got up your nose there, so I will try to limit my one line random comments in future.... First of all of course I'm referring to external carving. As you are selling online the visual aspect is obviously important and its a beautiful art form in itself... Being from a small island we are rarely graced with with the likes of the masters you have mentioned and as such I am left to make the trek to Africa every second year or so when the funds are available, there I study with some great drummers who have not been 'lucky enough' to make it out of Africa. I agree with Duga the artists I come across are lucky to have a drum.. Last time I was there I witnessed a toubab trying to get his hands on drummers personal drum,,, he got it in the end for maybe $50 more than the normal price because the djembefola just couldn't turn down the cash... It makes me sick to think we can just rock up and take the best because we have the cash.. So yeah I haven't seen djembefolas with a 'fancy ass' drum because some white boy rocked up and bought it...
Paul wrote:To be honest I would rather have an active scene with some masters living in the locality than to go to Africa alot... I know its not like that everywhere in the states, but to be able to take a class once a week with a master would be great... I am just starting bringing over teachers or organising workshops myself.. We have babara bangoura on the weekend, but its hard to fill the workshop even with someone famous unless you open it up to any level.
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