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.

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*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)
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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 – 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

West African Drum and Dance Workshop – THIS SUNDAY 22/11/15

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MyArt Dublin

5 Newmarket, Dublin 8, Dublin, Ireland 8

AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP (12 -2pm)
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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.

AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP (2 – 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@afroeire.com

 

Kamele n’goni workshop – Dublin, Saturday 21st November

A Donso (hunter) performs at a mask festival in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

A Donso (hunter) performs at a mask festival in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

The Kamele n’goni (young persons harp) is a harp-oud from the Mandingue region of West Africa (especially Mali and Burkina Faso). This instrument originates from the 6 string donso (hunter) n’goni which is instrumental to hunter ceremonies, accompanying the singers praises of great hunters and taunts to other hunters to prove their hunting prowess.

This workshop will explore some of the rudiments of Kamele n’goni playing, including some interesting rhythms and some technique excersise to improve your playing,

Workshop presented by Paul McElhatton who has been travelling to West Africa studying percussion and kamele n’goni for over 15 years. He has studied Kamele n’goni in both Burkina Faso and Mali. He is the founder of Afro-Eire and the group Manden Express.

http://www.afroeire.com/kamele-ngoni-west-african-harp/

http://www.afroeire.com/kamele-ngoni-lessons/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9QgI7KBm5Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkhcRBfeVI8

Sat 21st November – 11am – 3pm
Cost – 35e

An Introduction to African Drumming (Djembe & Dunun)

Thusrday 5th November – 7-9pm                               The Lab, Foley st, Dublin 1.

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Rhythm is highly important to life in rural Africa, it breaks up the mundane tasks of the day such as pounding grain and turns it into a rhythmic adventure. All stages of life are accompanied by drumming in certain areas of West Africa. Births, , coming of age, planting, harvesting, marriage…. All have their specific rhythms.

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 has toured as Far afield as Mexico and Egypt . He is the founder of the group Manden Express where he plays Malian hunter harp.

Cost – 15euro
Drums can be provided
Booking Essential – contact paul@afroeire.com