Don´t know if it is fair to have a second entry in this topic, but I agree with Michel, that this site (although being probably the best international forum by far) is too much Mamady-centric. On the other hand, the whole scene is like that... I agree his material is most accessible (and numerous, and ...advertised..), but don´t think it is most traditional. Please don´t misunderstand me, I have big respect for Mamady and his huge work, but ... there are (or were) other masters, some of which never played in ballets, who could also speak A LOT about the tradition and its substances. Some of them are dead (e.g. Yamadu Bani Dunbia, Jaraba Jakite), but they had some excellent students, like e.g. german Rainer Polack. And some are still alive. Sega Cisse, Sega Sidibe, Drissa Kone,... Or again, their excellent students (e.g. austrian Gerhard Kero-studying with Drissa for YEARS), whoose speach can be much more undenstandable for europeans/americans/other non-african djembe lovers, because the context of their lives is much more similar to the average CV of people reading this site. Those are the people, whose insights I would like to read. Maybe we could start with Michel, who it seems to me is ready to share his experience..
I am sure that appart from grand african masters we need to hear our "white" masters to AVOID being just ""African imitators" ... or folowers .... or wathever you call it ...."
Another possible topic for the newsletter: more info on the contents of djembefola.com forum - there is already so many topics and threads, that I doubt a common reader (like myself) is able to follow all of them, or even be aware of them - this is visible also in this particular topic: people are speaking about teaching here, but maybe they don´t know that there are threads and topics about teaching on other places on this forum.