African Percussion Ensemble – 1st March 2017

SIX WEEK COURSE – Wednesday March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and 5th April.

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.

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African Percussion Ensemble – Level 1 & 2 – 11/1/2017

SIX WEEK COURSE – Wednesday January 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, 15th.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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!