People often ask me, “how do I learn a new djembe rhythm composition”? and say “I can never remember how the parts go in west african drumming”!. Memorization is indeed challenging for most of us. I would like to tell you how I do it and offer some suggestions that may be helpful and fun. I highly recommend developing a whole small simple learning system for any type of drumming you do. And also, being systematic about your approach to drums. This is what works the best for me. So for me this means every time I learn a new djembe or conga drum rhythm I go through a set of things I do to learn it. I rely on this system and it gives me confidence no matter how …
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http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/arunabrulye Dununba #8:A young boy at a community drum and dance, “dundunba” party shows his dance and acrobatics as well as traditional west african dance technique in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa! I filmed this on my 2nd trip to West Africa. Master Djembe Drummer M’Bemba Bangoura and Jaques play at this one as well! Djembe masters and djembe drumming, too!
Bolokada Conde formerly of Les Percussions Du Guinea performs with his new group, “Les Percussions Melenke in Mill Valley, California. We play 3 different Konkoba drum pieces tied together and and west african dancers come out as well in this performance by djembe master Bolokada Conde and students. From left to right:Rafael, Sean Areneda, Michael Pluznick, Mohamed Kouyate, front: Bolokada Conde. Male dancer: Nabe Bangoura