I recently got a hold of a Gon Bops Shekere as I was traveling and needed something very durable to withstand the rigors of my lifestyle. I would like to note that I also make Shekeres myself, but I always use hard shell gourds. The problem is that for me, gourds and traveling about do not mix well. This is because gourds crack and break easily. If you toss one in the air (a move advanced players use a lot) or hit it with your knee (another move) and miss the correct part of the gourd you can crack your gourd so to speak.
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http://www.myspace.com/rhythmsofbarab… This is the shekere I was hired to create (make) for Mickey Hart formerly of the Grateful Dead. It took me hundreds of hours to complete this one and only! It now travels with Micky Harts traveling percussion museum.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelpluznick click this blue link to listen and preview any songs of this new CD! This new song is called Bembe Djembe from the Rythym Intergration CD. The peace is the Afro Cuban folkloric “Bembe” or Havana style Guido 6/8 by Michael Pluznick with Afro Cuban traditional Santos (Santeria/Lucumi/Yoruba) chants by Priest Pedro De Jesus and family. Filmed in and around California coastline by Michael Pluznick. Chris Walker lead drum, Tika Morgan back up vocals. Michael P on Shekere. Wade Peterson on bell. Shot with Nikon D90 digital slr camera and sony cybershot dsc-w290 and Panasonic GF1
Danza *(Diansa /Djeansa/Dansa) a west african djmebe drum, dunun and dance piece from Mali and also Guinea is transcribed to Shekere’s by Michael Pluznick. Short exerpts are frpm the up and coming “how to Play Shekere (Sekere) volume #2. Group applications for playing the Shekere or beaded gourd