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 …
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http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/arunabrulye An amazing 6 year old child djembe drummer solos at Guinee, West African “Spectac” (big show in Conakry, Guinea). Music similar to this and other similar high quality digitaly recorded audio recordings I did in Mali are now available for sale: http://www.earthcds.com/africa/west/mali
In this “how to play djembe” class MIchael Pluznick shows djembe and dunun drum techniques and styles. The name of this piece is “kuku” from Guinea (guinee) West Africa. Class was filmed in Bangkok, Thailand at rumpuree dance and drum school in Amarin Plaza. Michael Pluznick has been studying, performing and recording for over 30 years and performed with master drummer Bolokada Conde (les Percussions Du Guinea).
Part#1 Madan (aka “Djagbe” in Guinea), a Mali djembe drum, song and African dance piece. West African dance Choreography and drum class from my private African djembe and African dance lessons in Mali West Africa.