Then And Now~ Let’s Get It Together! When I first started drumming in the 70’s (for those of us not born into or of the drum culture), there was one general drummers informational grid or network, that is to say one large drumming platform or base of information that was available to the general public. It was very limited. It is so hard to conceive as today we have such an overwhelming wealth of information available on the computer and at our finger tips. But back in the day it was very hard to find information and to study about drumming. There were no books available or videos. You needed a qualified teacher or class to play in. You had to know someone who knew someone and you needed to …
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Ryan ‘Manito’ Wendel has been in deep research mode and now has in stock some amazing skins including cow, steer mule and even camel for your congas and bongos in a variety of thickness and sizes that are just as nice. For a limited time he is offering them at a discount for all my readers and friends. All you have to do is to please mention code “007” when ordering through him directly on the phone/email/facebook him or in the coupon code window when ordering through his site. www.manitopercussion.com
Toca artist and Toca endorsee Michael Pluznick shows the fun Zaouli break and Kuku solo technique for djembes and dunun on Toca Stage Series Pro wood djembe and Toca Freestyle Djundjuns.
Djembe drum master Bolokada Conde and Les Percussions Malinke’s play traditional West African rhythms at a percussion show at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA in 2006. Bolokada Conde, one of world’s best djembe folas (professional djembe masters) with Master Balafon player Mohamed Kouyate and talented djembe and dunun (djun djun) drummers from SF Bay Area
It’s not the drum it’s the drummer! What makes a drum have that special sound? Is it the wood? The place or country it is from? The goat skin or what the goat ate? Just what is it? About 10 years ago I was at a Mamady Keita workshop trying to pick out a djembe from a local seller there who was displaying his goods outside the workshop. I asked Mamady, what do you think about this drum? He hit it. Do you know what he replied? “The drum is good, but it is not the drum it is the drummer”. He was letting me know I had some fine tuning to do on my technique, for sure! I’ll never forget that. It’s not the drum it’s the drummer! I …
Community celebration known as a Dundunba drum and African dance party at the late , great performer and master choreographer Kemoko Sano’s compound in Merveilles, Guinea, West Africa. In this dance video a Clown solos and Awesome Dancers dance at the dundunba djembe drum and african dance party.