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.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
MIckey Hart of the Grateful Dead consigned me to make him the “ultimate” Sekere (aka Shekere). This one took me about two minths and 4,000 or so beads more or less. I also made one for Airto as well. These days I am not making too many Sekere’s as it takes up so much time to make one. This one travels in Micky Hart’s traveling African Museum. To learn how to play the Shekere you can check out my “How to Play Shekere volume one or two for more advanced folks. You can also see photo’s of this Sekere I made in Micky Hart’s book, “Drumming at the Edge”. Please click this link to see or listen to my latest DVD, “How to Play the Sekere (Shekere) Vol.#2”. http://www.earthcds.com/caribbean/cuba/cuba-sekere2.shtml
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.