This week is all about the GROOVE! and making ancient West African Drumming fun, accessible and challenging, all at the same time.
West African Drum Camp
Loosening your hands
- NO DRUM NEEDED!
- explore polyrhythms on djembes and dunun (a series of double headed drums played on their side)
- build instruments (diddley bos or bucket basses) and explore aspects of rhythm and acoustics
- sing songs and learn dances relevant to the rhythms
- and tap into the ancient knowledge of the West African Mande musical tradition
This goes way beyond a drum circle! Campers will not only learn patterns on djembe and develop skills to solo but will also learn the interlocking patterns on the dunun – the soul of the West African Mande drumming tradition. These rhythms can be extremely challenging, even to pro drummers!
Learning to play dunun
Masks and dance
Masks and dance
But with the guidance of guest instructor Anna Melnikoff, West African Drumming week at MusiCamp is set up to engage and teach the absolute inexperienced while at the same time provide on-going challenges for advanced drummers. And of course, at the end of the week, campers will perform for friends and family!
End of Week Performance 2013
Below is a slightly edited video is from our 2013 week-end performance of the children-composed rhythm “Timbaraba.”
NOTE: Because the speakers of computers and portable devices aren’t designed to capture the bass, to hear the dunun pattern you need to listen to this video with headphones or good speakers.
Although it is difficult to see, at the back left are 3 double headed drums known as dunun. The dunun play a complex interlocking rhythm upon which the djembes play another rhythm or solo.
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West African Drumming Workshop open to kids and their parents!
June 8 2019 1:25 pm to 2:30 pm at the MusiCamp YOUTH STAGE at
the Dundas West Festival, 1496 Dundas St West, just west of Dufferin
This goes way beyond a drum circle!
West African Drum
instructor Anna Melnikoff will teach workshop participants patterns and licks on djembe
and will also demonstrate the interlocking patterns on the dunun –
the soul of the West African Mande
drumming tradition. These rhythms can be extremely challenging, even for pro drummers! And with Anna’s guidance, this workshop is set up to engage and teach the absolute inexperienced while at the same time provide on-going challenges for advanced drummers.
In this workshop kids (& parents) will:
- learn the difference between 3 basic slaps (slap, tone & bass) on the djembe
- have a chance to practice these on the drum with a fun etude that develops these rudiments
- have a chance to play the dunun
- learn a basic accompaniment pattern
- have a chance to solo
And we’ll even do some singing! Have listen to us at the 2015 Dundas West Festival.
The video to your left is from MusiCamp’s Summer Camps. the West African Drumming week. (Note: If you want to hear the groovy bass you’ll have to use headphones.)
Mande drumming is based on three stand-up drums called the dunun that play three interlocking rhythms often thought of as the melody. The djembes play accompanying patterns on top of this and are also used for soloing. To learn more about the Mande drumming tradition follow this link or if you are interested in our West African Drumming summer camp click here.