Legendary Afrobeat Tony Allen @ The Button Factory 10th June

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Legendary Afrobeat Drummer Tony Allen returns to Dublin on Friday 10th June

“Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”  Fela-Kuti 

Tony Oladipo Allen, born in 1940 in Lagos Nigeria is a drummer, composer and songwriter. An autobiography of his career and life story titled ‘Allen: Master drummer of Afrobeat’ was documented and co-authored with author/musician Michael E. Veal in 2013. He currently lives in Paris; he was the drummer and musical director of Fela-Anikulapo-Kuti’s African 70 and “Koola Lobitos” High-Life Jazz band from 1967 to 1979 during which period he recorded over 35 studio albums with Fela and was renowned to be one of the principal co-originators of the genre Afrobeat music.

Tony Allen Official website: http://www.tonyallenafrobeat.com/

Line up Tony Allen – Colours Afrobeat foundation – FAKOLI – Ajo Arkestra

Tickets : Tony Allen Live

Event : Tony Allen Live

4 Week African Drumming Ensemble course – Level 1 & 2 – 24th May 2016

FOUR WEEK COURSE – May 24th, 31st, June 7th and 14th. In this Ensemble course students will get to explore the different parts of a traditional West African drum ensemble and how the music is performed.

nansadyVenue – The Wiley Fox, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin.

Level 1 – Attending drumming workshops for less than a year.
This workshop will introduce participants to the key patterns (accompaniments) that are common in traditional rhythms. I will explain the cultural significance of the rhythm and techniques for getting a good sound from the drum. We will also explain some common methods of notating rythms and students can record all parts.
Drums are provided, but please bring your own if you have one.
Time – 7 – 8.30pm
Cost – 55euro
Max 15 participants.

Level 2 – Attending African drumming workshops or playing regularly for one years or more. This workshop will focus, on traditional rhythms, techniques, solos and arrangements. Participants can play djembe and/or dunun. We will also explain some common methods of notating rythms and students can record all parts.
Time – 8.30 – 10.00pm
Cost – 55euro
Max 15 participants.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. A TOTAL OF 12 STUDENTS IN TOTAL BETWEEN THE TWO CLASSES IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE TO PROCEED.
Paul@afroeire.com
0860856498

Taught by Paul McElhatton who has been studying African percussion for 15 years in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and In the Ghanaian drum and Dance Ensemble in SOAS, University of London. He is founder of West African music groups Manden Express and Afro Eire.

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Sidiki Dembele Sextet @ Africa Day 2016

We are Delighted to announce the return of Griot – Master Drummer Sidiki Dembele to Ireland on the 29th May, at Africa Day, Farmleigh House, Pheonix Park, Dublin.

Sidiki Dembele Sextet

Sidiki Dembele Sextet

 

Born in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Cote d’Ivoire, Sidiki is the second son of a Griot family. The Griot tradition is one which has spanned centuries of civilisation in West Africa, and has been passed down through the generations, carrying with it an ancient culture of story-telling, communication and celebration.  Sidiki commenced playing percussion professionally at the age of fourteen, forming his own group Denifari at the age of sixteen.  As well as a master Djembefola, Sidiki is a talented performer of the balafon, n’goni and Kamele n’goni which were passed down to him through his family.

In 2007 he was selected as lead percussion soloist from amongst Cote d’Ivoire’s best djembefolas for the concept circus show Afrika!Afrika!, where he caught the eye of the celebrated choreographer Georges Momboye. He is currently the musical director for the UK based group Ballet Nimba.

For this special concert Sidiki will be joined by a cohort of the best of Ireland’s African and Jazz instrumentalists, including one of Ireland’s foremost students of traditional African music and founder of Manden Express & Afro-Eire, Paul McElhatton; Peruvian drummer and percussionist Cote Calmet; Jazz guitarist and member of Ensemble Ériu, Paddy Groenland; and Bassist Tommy Moore.

Sidiki Dembele Sextet are definitely not to be missed at this year’s Africa Day flagship event in Dublin!

West African Djembe/Dunun Level 1 & 2. May 7th 2016

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Two workshops focusing on traditional rhythms from Guinea and Mali, West Africa. With Paul McElhatton and Brian Lynch, who have studied extensively in West Africa and are founding members of Manden Express

Venue – The Grand Social, Dublin. (Upstairs – in loft venue).

Level 1 – Attending drumming workshops for less than a year.
This workshop will introduce participants to the key patterns (accompaniments) that are common in traditional rhythms. I will explain the cultural significance of the rhythm and techniques for getting a good sound from the drum.
Drums are provided, but please bring your own if you have one.
Time – 12.30 – 2.15pm
Cost – 15euro
Max 15 participants.

Level 2 – Attending African drumming workshops or playing regularly for one years or more. This workshop will focus, on traditional rhythms, techniques, solos and arrangements. Participants can play djembe and/or dunun.
Time – 2.45 – 4.30pm
Cost – 15euro
Max 15 participants.

25euro for both workshops

Booking is strongly advised.
Paul@afroeire.com
0860856498

West African Djembe & Dunun – Level 1 and 2 – Saturday 23rd April.

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Two workshops focusing on traditional rhythms from Guinea and Mali, West Africa.

Level 1 – Attending drumming workshops for less than a year.
This workshop will introduce participants to the key patterns (accompaniments) that are common in traditional rhythms. I will explain the cultural significance of the rhythm and techniques for getting a good sound from the drum.
Drums are provided, but please bring your own if you have one.
Time – 12.30 – 2.15pm
Cost – 15euro
Max 15 participants.

Level 2 – Attending African drumming workshops or playing regularly for one years or more. This workshop will focus, on traditional rhythms, techniques, solos and arrangements. Participants can play djembe and/or dunun.
Time – 2.45 – 4.30pm
Cost – 15euro
Max 15 participants.

25euro for both workshops..

Taught by Paul McElhatton who has been studying African percussion for 15 years in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and In the Ghanaian drum and Dance Ensemble in SOAS, University of London. He is founder of West African music groups Manden Express and Afro Eire.

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West African Drum & Dance workshops Saturday 27th February

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The Grand Social                                                                                                                                        WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP (12.30 – 2.15pm)
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This workshop is open to all levels focusing on the Djembe and Dunun drums of West Africa. Rhythms from Mali and Guinea. Taught by Paul McElhatton who has been studying African percussion for 15 years in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and In the Ghanaian drum and Dance Ensemble in SOAS, University of London. He is founder of West African music groups Manden Express and Afro Eire.

(Drums are provided but please bring your own if possible).

WEST AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP (2.45 – 4.30pm)
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This workshop will be accompanied by live drumming and include an energetic warm-up and a lengthy cool down as well as learning a traditional West African dance choreography.
It’s open to everyone…the basic steps of African dance will be demonstrated and how the rhythm and dance go hand in hand will be explained making it very accessible to all levels (dancers or not!)
~ Taught by Shiv who has been studying,teaching,playing,travelling and obsessing in all things West African for nearly 10years!

Cost: €15 (per workshop) or only €25 for both!
Paul – paul@afroeire.com – Tel: 0860856498

West African Drum and Dance Workshop 13th February.

nansadyDates:
*Saturday 30th January *Saturday 13th February *Saturday 27th February *Saturday 12th March

Venue: (upstairs) in The Grand Social, Dublin City Centre

WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP (12.30 – 2.15pm)
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This workshop is open to all levels focusing on the Djembe and Dunun drums of West Africa. Rhythms from Mali and Guinea. Taught by Paul McElhatton who has been studying African percussion for 15 years in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and In the Ghanaian drum and Dance Ensemble in SOAS, University of London. He is founder of West African music groups Manden Express and Afro Eire.

(Drums are provided but please bring your own if possible).

WEST AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP (2.45 – 4.30pm)
““““““““““““““““““““““
This workshop will be accompanied by live drumming and include an energetic warm-up and a lengthy cool down as well as learning a traditional West African dance choreography.
It’s open to everyone…the basic steps of African dance will be demonstrated and how the rhythm and dance go hand in hand will be explained making it very accessible to all levels (dancers or not!)
~ Taught by Shiv who has been studying,teaching,playing,travelling and obsessing in all things West African for nearly 10years!

Cost: €15 (per workshop) or only €25 for both!
Contact: Paul – paul@afroeire.com – Tel: 0860856498
Shiv – shivross@gmail.com – Tel: 087 9567187

African Drum and Dance workshops – Starting Saturday 30th January (forthnightly)

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Dates: Saturday 30th January 2016                                                                                                     Saturday 13th February 2016                                                                                                   Saturday 27th February 2016                                                                                                   Saturday 12th March 2016

Venue: The Grand Social, Dublin  Directions:  The Grand Social

WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP (12 – 1.45pm)
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This workshop is open to all levels focusing on the Djembe and Dunun drums of West Africa. Rhythms from Mali and Guinea. Taught by Paul McElhatton who has been studying African percussion for 15 years in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and In the Ghanaian drum and Dance Ensemble in SOAS, University of London.

(Drums are provided but please bring your own if possible).

WEST AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP (2.15 – 4pm)
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This workshop will be accompanied by live drumming and include an energetic warm-up and a lengthy cool down as well as learning a traditional West African dance choreography.
It’s open to everyone…the basic steps of African dance will be demonstrated and how the rhythm and dance go hand in hand will be explained making it very accessible to all levels (dancers or not!)
~ Taught by Shiv who has been studying,teaching,playing,travelling and obsessing in all things West African for nearly 10years

Cost: €15 (per workshop) or only €25 for both!
Contact: Paul  –  paul@afroeire.com – Tel: 0860856498                                                                        Shiv – shivross@gmail.com

Kamele n’goni African Harps by Afro-Eire

This year we made some of our best Kamele ngoni yet. We also hosted masterclasses for festivals, universities and public workshops. We continued to promote the kamele ngoni through the group Manden Express and through international artists such as the Sidiki Dembele Sextet … Check out some of our work. Looking froward to 2016 !!……

Kamele ngoni

Kamale ngoni

Kamale ngoni

 

Kamale ngoni

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Afro-Peruvian Music Masterclass with Cote Calmet – Sat Nov 28th.

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The Jazz Lab is proud to present a one of a kind masterclass of music that has never been presented before in the Irish Shores.

Cote Calmet will be teaching about the Afro-Peruvian Music and how to feel it, learn it and use it as part of your future compositions.

Cote wil bring the original percussion played in Peru as well as some original music to play in a jazz context from his band Phisqa www.phisqa.com

Dont miss this great opportunitty to learn a different groove and style of playing!

This workshop is for every musician and instrument.

The Jazz Lab

Event link

Directions
Class will start at 2:20pm
€5 Jazz Lab Students
€15 General Audience
Backline is provided