Have you ever broken your skin on your drum or had your head pop on your djembe drum? I remember way back when I had just bought a new drum at a Mamady Keita workshop from Drumskulls. After the drum class when I arrived back home I put it in my kitchen and walked in the other room. I heard a loud bang. When I walked back in the head was completely ripped apart. What had I done? All I could do at the time was (sob) and call the goood guys down at the drum shop and drive all the way back to Santa Cruz from San Rafael (2 hours away).
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I recently received a 2 DVD set from Ultimate Guru Music Company in India of a very interesting musical percussion artist named Taufiqu Queresh. The first thing I noticed is the quality of the box, artwork and packaging. Very well done! When you open the box there is full color booklet attached to the box so you will not loose it. The design of this project was very well thought out. The book includes photos, credits and sound explanations.
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Learning music and dance from the African diaspora can be fun but also challenging at times. If you did not grow up listening, drumming or dancing to this music then it may take some time to learn. There are different ways we all learn. Some people learn best by math or numbers. Understanding how rhythms and rhythm structures are formed and divided. I call this “math”. Others learn by feeling, or copying and repeateating. Some people call this “repetition”. Others learn by absorbtion over a period of time. Absorption happens naturally over time by living in another culture, listening to the music for long periods when you are working or relaxing and just being around the music you want to learn. So learning is different for each …
If you are a drummer or musician or just love percussion and you are ever in Bali (or on line) you owe it to yourself to check out Bali Treasures. I was recently in Ubud Bali where I had the pleasure to meet the owner of the Bali Treasures retail store Ed A. Balma. Ed also is owner of what is probably the worlds largest djembe manufacturingcompany. The store is in Ubud and is filled with every kind of percussion instrument you could imagine or ever want and I was in heaven. You could spend days in there playing all the different percussion instruments and experimenting with their different sounds, textures and styles. As a collector of percussion instruments for over 30 years I really appreciated this incredible variety of …
On a recent trip to Ubud, Bali Indonesia to visit the Bali Treasures company, also known as the Drum Factory I was able to get my hands on the new Toca Stage Series Pro wood djembe for a long term test. This is the factory that makes them for the Toca in USA. Not only that, I was able to pick which drum I wanted to get!