What an amazing turn out Jenny had for her African Dance class this evening. Right from the start Jenny had everyone moving and shaking and after a gentle warm up, the main choreography began. You know, I do not think I have ever seen so many smiles in one room at the same time as I saw tonight. Everyone got straight into the rhythm and before long everyone was rocking out to the beat of Macru. Drumming for this class was absolutely amazing for me and everyone else rose to the challenge. Susanna, Jaime, Carin and Rachael are amazing drummers. I feel privileged to have them bring their energy and enthusiasm to the class. They Rock! Thanks Jenny. Great fun and I cannot wait until next time :)
A pretty amazing day was had by all yesterday as we took to the Marimba's and hammered our way through all of the different parts of Chris's composition, creating the centre piece for the evenings performance. Chris's course brought people from all walks of life together with his healing ways and music. Bringing a little ancient African rhythm and culture to Wellington Via Jimmy Dale of Auckland, this has so far been the highlight of the year for me. If only I could afford to go on the retreat being held next weekend in Auckland. If any this blogs readers do wish to go then you can find details of this life changing retreat at the bottom of the page at http://www.drumtalk.co.nz
The evening's gathering and performance went really well. Bringing a taste of the weekend to people who couldn't make the weekends teachings. The music and song brought on an uplifting and vibrant mood and for myself, it was just an amazing thing to be involved with.
Julian Raphael of the Community Music Junction, who hosted this event for wellington, has recently acquired some of Chris and Jimmy's favorite instrument, the Mbira and will be running an Mbira club here in Wellington. Chris uses the Mbira to bring a melodic and gentle sound which accompanies most of what Chris teaches. It is such an hypnotic and uplifting instrument to hear, and may be on my wish list for Christmas :)
Thank you to everyone for a great weekend xxx
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.