Three days and nights of pure kamele n’goni in a beautiful Chalet in Donard, Co Wicklow, less than an hour from Dublin.
Starting Friday 3rd May we will have a relaxing evening as people arrive. Followed by three full days of workshops finishing on Monday 6th May.
The accommodation is in the grounds of a former holistic centre.
The Chalet has 2 Double bedrooms and 4 twin rooms for sharing, there is a communal cooking and living room area, and many secluded spots around the property to practice in quiet.
There are also many beautiful mountains and lakes in the area.
How the workshop will work.
We will start each day with a group warm up and an explanation of the rhythm of the day. After this you can find a spot around the house to play in. I will move around the house gradually adding parts from the basic rhythm so that people can move at their own pace. Or you can work with someone else. It’s up to you. I will be available all day, so you can go at your own pace, stop for a tea or to relax. Then in the evening we will all come together to play the piece we learnt together.
The accommodation is suitable for up to 8 people max.
Cost: As this is the first such workshop I’d like to make it as affordable as possible. Based on 7 people attending the costs are.
Double Room option – 190e Including tuition, accommodation and a loan of a kamele n’goni.
Twin Room (Sharing) – 170e Including tuition, accommodation and a loan of a kamele n’goni.
If we have a full compliment of 8 people it may be slightly less.
As this will be a small group we can cook altogether and even share cooking, if so people can suggest dishes they would like and we will cook together or have designated chefs 🙂 (I cook a mean Senegalese stew). So i’d factor approx 30euro for this option.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL with a deposit of 50euro. I have until the 12th of March at the latest to secure the deposit.
Kamele n’goni (Young persons harp) is an eight to ten string instrument from the Mandingue region of West Africa. Whilst the Kora instrument is traditionally solely the domain of the Griot (A hereditary caste system of musicians), the Kamele n’goni originates from the Donso n’goni (hunters harp) which is reserved for initiates of the hunters society. Kamele n’goni was adapted in the 1970’s to allow players from outside these traditions and is popularised in the music of artists such as the Malian Singer Oumou Sangare.