Want to improve your African drumming skills? We have been offering training in djembe and dunun drumming from West Africa for over a decade. We focus on traditional styles form Guinea and Mali, learnt from some of the worlds greatest djembe players.
Upcoming Intermediate African Drumming courses.
African Drumming course – Intermediate
This is for students who have been attending African drumming workshops or playing regularly for a few months or have completed 2 introduction courses. 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.
Venue – Temple Lane Studios (Below the Button Factory, Temple Bar).
Dates – Wednesday 14th, 21st, 28th November, 5th & 12th December.
Time – 8.15 – 9.45pm
Cost – 75euro for the 5 classes
Mali Djembe and Dunun – Intermediate/Advanced – Rhythm Sunun
A 6-hour workshop focusing on the rhythm Sunun from Mali. We will be examining this rhythm known for its’ swing that almost blurs the lines between ternary and binary.
Malian rhythms are often characterised by the level of interplay between the djembe and dunun, with the dunun often being considered the second soloist. For this reason one djembe and one dunun player can often produce complex and funky grooves, and 4 drummers can produce a full ensemble. These rhythms are also known for their turns of speed and the dynamics of the playing, moving quickly between fast and slow and loud and quiet.
We will be learning all the parts and especially focusing on the interplay between the lead djembe and dunun. We will also work on a great break.
Sunun is a rhythm praising a great dancer named Sunun BA (Great Sunun).
This rhythm was learned from Malian master drummer Drissa Kone who is considered a true expert in this style and is one of the most in demand drummers in Mali.
Cost – 45e (Booking on first come first served basis)
Maximum 9 participants
Venue – Temple Lane Rehearsals (Below the Button Factory)
Date/Time – Sunday November 25th. 10.30am – 4.30pm