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.
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.
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