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
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Drumming is an art form and the drum is a musical instrument. It needs to be learned. Why? There are many different styles of drumming from many different places. I have studied drum music originating from West Africa and end also ending up in the new world. Some people call it traditional african drumming. This is where my field of expertise lay. There is a place for everyone and every style of drumming. That is part of the great beauty of it. And everyone is welcome! Drumming is inclusive of all ages, races, sizes and sexual preferences and don’t let anyone tell you any different. There are all female drumming groups all over the world from many different countries including Africa and Cuba for example. I would like to start …
Maybe you are a beginer or perhaps you have been drumming a while. A challenge or problem that we all face at one time or another in our drumming life is “where do I fit”? What is the type of music I really want to play and who are the people that I want to play with or learn from? Do I want to freestyle or play traditional music?
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.
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 …
Master Djembe drummer Bolokada Conde and Les Percussion Melenke performance ensemble and crew in an early West African djembe drum and African dance performance live in Oakland California at La Pena cultural Center for world music and world dance. Musicians from left to right: Bolokada, Wade Peterson, Michael Pluznick (djembe) Sean Areneda (dununs) Rafael djembe, Barron Chase (kinkini)