Really enjoyed my first day with my first class on Friday. We managed to cover a few of the basic hand techniques for playing the djembe and eventually got everyone playing Kuku, a circle-dance for the woman, celebrating the men returning from fishing.
Although we only played the first 2 djembe parts interspersed with a guiding Dunun and Sangban rhythm, we managed to keep the tempo constant and experience our first African multi part rhythm as a group. Amazing really as most of the group had not played before.
Looking forward to next week :)
Who wants to play or learn to play the Djembe drum after work on a Thursday (advanced) or Friday (beginners)? Beginners classes start Feb 10th, 6pm to 7.30pm, $80 per term (Djembe's provided). Advanced classes start on the 2nd of Feb at $90 per term (drop-in rate per class $15 with Djembe's provided)
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My name is Simon Elwell and I have been part of the Community Music Junction Djembe classes at a student and now a teacher for over 10 years. I am enthusiastic intermediate Djembe player who loves sharing anything I know about this subject.