HUMANS of DJEMBE Part 31 – DAN GRAETZ ( Canberra)

humans-of-djembe-31” From a very early age i was drawn to rhythm. I used to bang away on my mother’s pots and pans with wooden spoons. Growing up in Australia I learned to play the drum kit but there was something missing. I remember going to an African festival here in Canberra and seeing and hearing djembe for the first time. I was blown away!!

Since then I sort out teachers and was fascinated with the deep culture involved – it’s not ‘just drumming!’ The clearest moment of my life came when I realised I had to go to Guinee to learn and be part of the culture. That was in 2002 and it changed my life forever. I have since been back to West Africa 4 times, each time having a fantastic experience and going deeper.

I have been blessed to have been a student to some of the djembe masters both old and new school. They worked me hard and inspired me to be the best I can be. My discipline and hard work has paid off. I am humbled to get recognition from Africans for my efforts.

Right now I’m very fortunate to have enthusiastic and energetic youth in my ensemble ‘Drumassault’. Killer dundun and sangban from Miles and Matt and 5 petit dancers who are great. Check out one of our shows or on YouTube – tres chaud! Peace”