Manden Express: Afro-Acoustic Set – November 20th @ The Magistorium

For the first time Manden Express will be playing their all new acoustic set which sees a return to a more traditional Malian Wassalou sound and bringing influences ranging from delta blues to contemporary jazz. Expect a headier mix of rhythmic signatures and hypnotic grooves. We have created a special drum section using African bass drums known as Dununs.

Date – Sunday 20th November 2016.

Venue – The Magistorium, 22 South Anne St, Dublin 2.

Time – Doors open 12pm – Show 2 – 4pm.

Price – 18euro/35euro with special Jazz Roast,

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Emma Garnett -Vocals

Paul McElhatton  – Kamele n’goni harp

Brian Lynch – djembe

Jose Dominguez – Guitar

Tommy Moore  – Bass

Orlando Molina – Guitar

Cote Calmet  – Dununs

 

African Percussion Ensemble – Level 1 & 2 (New Term)

SIX WEEK COURSE – Wednesday November 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, December 7th & 14th 

Come and explore the infectious beats of African drumming music from Mali and Guinea, West Africa. In this Ensemble course students will get t explore the different parts of a traditional West African drum ensemble and how the music is performed.  The course will end with a student performance.

Venue – Temple Lane Rehearsal Studios, 2 Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Temple Lane Studios – Location.

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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.

Level 1 – No experience necessary.. This workshop will introduce participants to the key patterns of West African rhythms and why they are played.  We will explore the different sounds of the djembe drum and how to play together as a group.  Mainly we will have a lot of fun

Drums are provided, but please bring your own if you have one.

Time – 6.45 – 8pm                               Cost – 90 euro.

Max 14 participants, minimum 8.

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Level 2 – Attending African drumming workshops or playing regularly for six months 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 – 8.15 – 9.30pm                         Cost – 90 euro (80 with own djembe).

Max 14 participants, minimum 8.

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For more info contact –

Email – paul@afroeire.com                                    Tel – 0860856498

IMG_4163 copyTaught 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, Fakoli and Afro Eire.

African Percussion Ensemble – Level 1 & 2.

SIX WEEK COURSE – September 21st & 28th, October 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th.

Come and explore the infectious beats of African drumming music from Mali and Guinea, West Africa. In this Ensemble course students will get t explore the different parts of a traditional West African drum ensemble and how the music is performed.  The course will end with a student performance.

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Venue – Temple Lane Rehearsal Studios, 2 Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Temple Lane Studios – Location.

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.

Level 1 – No experience necessary.. This workshop will introduce participants to the key patterns of West African rhythms and why they are played.  We will explore the different sounds of the djembe drum and how to play together as a group.  Mainly we will have a lot of fun 🙂

Drums are provided, but please bring your own if you have one.

Time – 6.45 – 8pm                               Cost – 90 euro (80 with own djembe).

Max 12 participants, minimum 8.

Eventbrite - African Percussion Ensemble - Level 1

Level 2 – Attending African drumming workshops or playing regularly for six months 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 – 8.15 – 9.30pm                         Cost – 90 euro (80 with own djembe).

Max 12 participants, minimum 8.

Eventbrite - African Percussion Ensemble - Level 2

For more info contact –

Email – paul@afroeire.com                                    Tel – 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, Fakoli and Afro Eire.

Hotter Than July 2016

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Hotter than July is back for its third year in 2016, this time in the larger venue of Smithfield Square. Organised by the Improvised Music Company in conjunction with the The Big Bang Festival.  The Festival has seen the appearance of great international acts such as Gambian Kora player Sona Jobartah, alongside great domestic acts such as Manden Express.

 

This years festival includes FREE performances such as:

The euphoric energy and rhythm of Carnival will be yours for the tasting, as Brazilian street theatre troupe Maracatu Ilha Brilhante bring out the Irish passion for Brazilian culture with their infectious percussive rhythms. (watch here)

The collective momentum of the Big Bang African Dance Project, led by acclaimed choreographer Catherine Young will raise the roof with traditional West African dance styles and live beats. (watch here)

Navá weave a unique fusion of ancient Persian and Irish music, with a nod to Appalachian bluegrass in this beguiling Iranian-Irish quintet. (listen here)

i4Drum harmoniously blend beats from across continents with Indian, African and Irish percussion, joined by celebrated Indian sarode player Mattu Noone.

Congolese guitarist and vocalist Niwel Tsumbu trades in good vibrations with powerful virtuosic expression straight from his roots. (listen here)

Northern Irish, dance driven, folk fusion outfit Balkan Alien Sound, celebrate cultural diversity through a musical mix of Irish, Klezmer, Gypsy and Balkan styles. (listen here)

Fresh new sounds from Fakoli inject your musical soul with their irresistible rhythms, songs and dances of the Mandingue region of West Africa, modern day Guinea and Mali. Listen here

Jiggy, putting some serious pep in the step of Irish music, fuse vocal lilting & beatboxing, Irish traditional music, hip hop dance grooves, world music rhythms and harmonies. (listen here)

We also have a very special secret guest; a Saharan blues star whose name we will unveil a few days before the event!

As ever, we will finish the evening with our traditional Big Bang Finale, so bring your hand drums, your dancing shoes, an open mind and an umbrella and let’s get this party started

Hotter than July is a feel-good celebration of community, culture, creativity and diversity, with high quality music performances from Irish-based and international acts. Everybody welcome!

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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.

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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