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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The Sekere is also known as Chekere or Shekere depending on where you are and who you talk to. This is a 2 hour DVD on many different aspects of how to play a Sekere (Shekere) including playing with a group of players, playing traditional style, non traditional style and with a band or popular music as well.
http://www.earthcds.com/caribbean/cub… How to Play Sekere (Shekere) Volume 2 has just been released by Michael Pluznick and earthcds.com. Please check it out at earthcds.com. This Sekere video includes group arrangements for Shekere (sekere), individual parts for playing the Sekere (shekere) as well as Sekere rhythms for popular music as well.
Excerpt from the new video, “How to Play Shekere (Sekere) vol.#2 by Michael Pluznick People asked me for a long time to make another volume of How to Play Sekere so here it is. It is available at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAs38Zqw34g[/http]This new and exciting video I shot myself covers every possible aspect of playing Sekere (aka Shekere) by yourself or with other people. In this new instructional DVD I have included how to play with bands, music ensembles, in Afro Cuban groups as well as with West African drummers as well! Excerpts from the new and upcoming ‘How to Play Sekere (Shekere’) Volume 2 by Michael Pluznick.In this demo video some of the techniques are included . The group pieces will be shown in a later demo. To see more, listen or buy this DVD please click on this link: http://www.earthcds.com/caribbean/cuba/cuba-sekere2.shtml