17th Annual Wula Drum and Dance Retreat The Retreat provides a venue to pass down traditions, and create fresh takes on African drum and dance in all its forms. We are honored to work with these legendary artists. To cross paths once a year is an amazing opportunity to share, connect, and to get inspiration for what we can do at home in our own drum and dance communities. New in 2015: • Brazilian Drum and Dance • “Ultimate Beginner” dance classes • More classes and more teachers on Thursday • “Special Advanced” classes • Special Guest Teachers TBA • Wula Wellness area with teas and massage Pocono Valley is a 350 acre private resort located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, just 90 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia. The beautiful grounds include rustic overnight accommodations, …
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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.
Soloing on any drum especially djembe can be daunting at first. Everyone wants to do it but how do we start? First of all, what is a solo or “lead” as we also say in the drumming world? Traditionally speaking a solo in West African music, specifically music from Guinee and Mali is a phrase or group of phrases chained together that interact and accent the dance choreography or dancers movements. The solo inspires and pushes the dancers as well. Soloing can be done by several different players at a session, but they always take turns and never play at the same time, unless it is a unison bread for example. Some of the solo phrases are actually language from the Melenke people of West Africa as well. …
Soko djembe drum and dunun rhythm from guinea west africa taught by Michael Pluznick for his international crew including friends from Japan, Europe, Mexico, USA and Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand. All around the world people love to play djembe and dununs, too. Soko is now a popular rhythm in Guinee (aka Guinea). Soko is a Malinke (Malenke) rhythm from the Faranah region of Guinee. It used to be played during the month prior to the circumcision ceremonies, or at the time of announcement of the upcoming circumcision event.This video features excerpts from a djembe drum and dunun lesson and class for djembe drum students in Bangkok, Thailand.
This live video features footage of a very nice djembe and dunun west african inspired drum and dance performance on Legian Beach (near Kuta) in Bali, Indonesia. All the drummers are local except for one man from France and two from USA.
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!