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April newsie with Simon 📰

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Hey everyone! Our shop is open during our standard opening hours  and we’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep our customers and employees safe and informed 😊

Our online shop is fully operational, with same-day dispatch as always and we can post anywhere!

 

Community Classes Cycle #3 – Join our classes on April 7th or April 14th

Teacher Training Online Courses – Level 1 & 2 on May 2nd & 3rd or May 16th – 17th 2020

Rhythm Power – December 30th 2020 – January 26th 2021

How music can really help you and your kids these school holidays

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As we know, music is a wonderful outlet for children, encouraging creativity, expression and confidence that are fundamental components of a healthy development. The school holidays are upon us and we understand that this can often be a stressful time for parents, who constantly have to come up with fresh and stimulating activities for their young ones. Fortunately, music is a wonderful distraction! But more importantly: it’s an educational and fun exercise that nurtures and brings out a number of important developmental skills:

Creativity and music: Encourages kids to flex their personality at home in an open, safe space.

Confidence and music: The ability to acquire a new skill is empowering, especially for a developing child.

Mindfulness and music: Allows children to be present with their instrument.

Communication and music: If a child doesn’t feel comfortable using their voice they can express themselves instead through an instrument.

Music therapy is a common tool used on children as it can affect mood, relieve stress, improve motor skills and connect the individual with his/her external reality. We’re all about music therapy here at African Drumming and we have a range of wonderful and accessible instruments for children of all ages! Expand your child’s home activities with one or several of the below:

🎵 Kids Djembes
🎵 Bongos
🎵 Ankle and wrist shakers
🎵 Egg shakers
🎵 Kids Packs (On sale now)
🎵 Kiss Kass
🎵 Mini dununs (On sale now)

+ heaps more! 

💚 The shells of our Indonesian drums are solid timber sourced from renewable plantations of Mahogany.

💚 5% of funds from the sale of every Indonesian djembe goes towards the “East-Java Plant a Tree Program.”

Shop our full range of kids instruments now

In-store and online: Still fully operational 😊

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Hey everyone! We just wanted to let you know that we’re operating as usual at African Drumming. Our shop is still open during our standard opening hours and we’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep our customers and employees safe and informed during COVID-19. Our online shop is fully operational, with same-day dispatch as always, and Australia Post is fully operational Australia wide. We can still dispatch international orders outside of Australia, however please keep in mind that deliveries may be delayed due to the global pandemic.

If you’d like a country-specific update from Australia Post, you can visit this link for all the info.

Stay safe everyone and long live the rhythm! 🥁

African Drumming Precautions during COVID-19

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Hey everyone!

Uncertain times at the moment due to COVID-19 – but for now, we’re drumming on! Just wanted to inform you of the additional precautions that we are currently implementing for all African Drumming classes and workshops:

😊 All hand drums can be covered with practice drum hats and will be washed after the session.

😊 All drums, drum sticks & small percussion will be wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes after every session.

😊 Facilitators will be regularly using hand sanitiser (before & after sessions).

😊 Participants will be asked to use the same drum/ drum sticks for the entire class.

We ask you to please assist in keeping our community safe by doing the following:

😊 Washing your hands or using hand sanitiser before and after class.

😊 Coughing etiquette: cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or with a tissue (and dispose of it immediately).
Please avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. It is important to do so even if you feel well and are not showing any symptoms.

😊 Refraining from close contact with anyone during class (recommended 1-1.5M distance)

😊 Staying at home if you are feeling unwell.

We will be closely monitoring and following all advice from the Department of Health. If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can call us on 03 9525 3073, or shoot us an email at [email protected]

Goat skin care tips

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Goats aren’t goats I hear you say!

Ever had a drum or skin that carries its own particular odour (Eau de chevre)?
Some goat and cow skins can have a little more odour than others. Thicker, male goat skins especially tend to carry more pheromones which trap odour in the hair follicles. This smell can stay around even when the hair is taken off the goat.

The good news is there is a way to prevent this “eau de chevre” making its way onto your drum, but you really need to get onto it early, before the skin is mounted.

The best way to remove any odour is to wash the skins well before mounting them on your drum.
Adding some baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or mild bleach to the water when you soak the skin is a great start. Then scrub the skin with laundry (or even dish-washing) detergent once is has soaked.

You’ll find this should bring your goat back to smelling fresh and ready to mount on your drum.
If you have a drum that has a slightly tangy smell to it, we recommend a healthy dose of hot sun and a couple of drops of essential oil (peppermint or eucalyptus) rubbed onto a rage and then the surface of the drum

More bass for her buck 🔊

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Meet Yolanda. She’s a singer, songwriter who’s looking for more bass in her band, and so we hooked her up with a beautiful booming djembe from Ghana. She also picked up a huge XXXL calabash which will go down beautifully at her Kirtan events.

Check out her page here and get along to support more awesome local Melbourne artists.

View our Ghana djembe range here

View our Calabash here

Come back anytime! 😊

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Brett Pirritu Wiliyamu Yulii dropped into the store just before Christmas to pick up this cracking Djala wood djembe. Our in house drum makers Simone and Ginga added the final touches and chose the rasta roping. Good luck with your musical projects this year Brett, come back anytime!

Djala is a very popular and attractive djembe hardwood, producing strong sounds. It is most commonly a rich, dark red colour when sanded and finished.

Check out our full range of djembes here

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Go in the draw to win a drum and help save Victorian wildlife!

Go in the draw to win a drum and help save Victorian wildlife!

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We’re all aware of the devastation the wildfires have caused across Australia and our hearts are breaking! We’re feeling incredibly helpless here at African Drumming so we’ve decided to start a go fund me campaign, raising funds for Wildlife Victoria, an amazing not-for-profit organisation that rescues and rehabilitates our beautiful Victorian wildlife – our Victorian animals need help too!

We are donating Joey – a master series djembe from Mali, West Africa for this cause. Every person who donates via our campaign will go in the running to win this beautiful handmade drum.

Donate as many times as you like (big or small, every donation counts!) and make sure your donation is visible to us (the organiser) so we can enter you in the draw.

The winner will be drawn on Friday January 17th 2020.

All donations will go directly to WILDLIFE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION FUND.

Donate today for your chance to win a master series djembe and help our beautiful, innocent wildlife.

💗🐨🦘

Forest Regeneration going strong! 🌱

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Did you know that every drum purchase made at African Drumming goes towards the growth of a new sapling in Ghana, West Africa? That’s right! Every time you buy an African drum from us your purchase will help foster our forest regeneration project with our partners Denyigba Lorlor. Our friends have been busy these past few months nurturing mahogany trees to maturity and embarking on a new Coconut tree project. We’re so over the moon to hear that our project in Ghana is going so well!

Denyigba Lorlor also works with Dream Big Ghana, a similar minded NGO focused on improving sanitation and education in Ghana. 

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Christmas Shipping Times & Opening Hours 🎄

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Christmas Shipping Times

We dispatch orders quickly on the same business day, for orders made by 3pm.
Orders made after 3pm are dispatched the following business day.

Australia post estimated shipping time.
These times aren’t guaranteed. Transit times may take longer during the busy December season.

Victoria
Metro
 – up to 2 business days
Metro express – Next business day delivery
Regional – up to 5 business days
Regional express –  Outside metropolitan areas guaranteed service is to townships only.
You can enter your postcode here for express shipping times (in the “from” field please enter 3182 St.Kilda VIC)

All other Australian states & territories
Metro 
– up to 3-6 business days
Metro express – Next business day delivery
Regional express – Outside metropolitan areas guaranteed service is to townships only.
You can enter your postcode here for express shipping times (in the “from” field please enter 3182 St.Kilda VIC)

You can enter your postcode here for a more specific estimation (in the “from” field please enter 3182 St.Kilda VIC)

Christmas Opening Hours

Farewell Buffalo Bill 🐃

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Sam King dropped in last week to pick up Buffalo Bill, a cracker of a djembe from Guinea. Thanks for coming in Sam, and wishing you the best of luck recording with your bro for his debut album!

View our complete range of master series djembes here

Tapping into mindfulness through rhythm 🌸

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Mindfulness is a mental state in which you’re totally focused on the present moment. It offers a clarity and sharpness of thought that provides, at the very least, a temporary reduction in stress. This mental exercise enables you to achieve a greater emotional balance. What’s more, experts have found that mindfulness can even reduce physical pain and mental depression. For the middle aged or elderly, mindfulness activities can help to keep the brain sharper for longer. There are many ways of achieving mindfulness. You might get there through practiced breathing techniques, yoga, relaxation practices or meditation, among other methods. But did you know that musical rhythm is another effective way to tap into mindfulness?

TRM And It’s Benefits
Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness, also known as TRM, represents ways of getting to a state of mindfulness through group drumming or other forms of rhythmic musical expression. The goal of TRM is to sharpen your consciousness and strengthen your sense of social connection by incorporating drumming skills into a group dynamic. It’s not easy. It requires concentration, focus and an awareness of others – all of which are fundamental capabilities for strong mental health. Not only do you stand to gain these valuable benefits, but group drumming is fun!

Discover Your Place In The Present
The concept of TRM involves fully cultivating your awareness of the present moment. With your focus completely within the now, you begin to realize that the present moment is the only place where reality unfolds. This helps you avoid dwelling in thoughts about the past or future that don’t serve a purpose. Living in the present moment may relieve you of dark memories that you could have collected as unwanted baggage, or of the tension of
tomorrow’s expectations upon you. As long as you’re sharing in the rhythm, your mind will stay in the here and now. It’s a challenge, finding and maintaining this group rhythm. While you’re facing this challenge, there’s no time for stress or anxiety. You lose all concern about a fight with someone or the bills due tomorrow. There’s only your sharp focus on the rhythm to maintain. Your only responsibility is to add
to the collective sound of those within your new and present social network.

The Cognitive Benefits Of Drumming
Repetitive drumming puts us in a relaxed state of mind in much the same way that meditation or breathing exercises provide focus and stress relief. In all cases, we have no time for alternate situations as we concentrate on what we’re doing in the moment. The way that group drumming allows you to express yourself creatively is just as beneficial to your brain as if you’d taken up the violin, oil painting or poetry writing.
Creative expression, social acceptance and connectivity can be the result of group drumming. TRM has scientific support. The exercise sends messages through the neural pathways of the brain that can be adversely affected by negative emotions such as fear, stress and anxiety. And, as in all mindfulness exercises, it can slow the thinning of the frontal cortex of the brain that occurs with age and results in forgetfulness.

The Social Side Of Group Drumming
The social aspect of drumming within a group environment sharpens acuity and is as beneficial as a shared activity as meeting others regularly in a book group, chatting every morning over coffee or playing horseshoe once a week. Studies have shown that social interaction provides as much protection against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as a good diet, regular exercise and mental workouts. Drumming
and other forms of musical expression are mental workouts in their own right.

Drumming also taps into the innate human need to play. It’s easy to underestimate the importance of play in life. Whether you’re nine or ninety, you need to experience the joy, humor and sense of shared experience that play brings us. Music-making delivers that state of playfulness in spades. Creative expression in a group context can bring you out of the wilderness if you’re experiencing loneliness, depression, anxiety, grief or social awkwardness. TRM through group drumming can help you claim a space in your life where you feel you truly belong – and benefit your brain and physical well-being in the process.

Further reading 😊

Effects of Community African Drumming on Generalised Anxiety in Adolescents 
By David Akombo
African drumming as a medium to promote emotional and social well-being of children aged 7 to 12 in residential care
By Kim Flores
The Impact of Group Drumming on Social-Emotional Behavior in Low-Income Children
By Ho et al
When the quiet child takes charge: Inclusivity and Confidence through African Drumming

The lost art of attention: Finding focus through African Drumming

Music & Mindfulness 🧘

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Aleisha Leonard came in last week and picked up a beautiful gudu handpan. Aleisha teaches yoga and was looking for the perfect accompaniment to her sessions. The handpan is a new and mysterious instrument, distantly related in principle to the steelpan of Trinidad and Tobago, but inspired in sound by the Hang of Switzerland. Played by hand, the handpan has a rich, intimate sound and is full of emotion. There is no specific technique or style in the art of playing and a player with patience and an open mind will be rewarded over time with this complex and beautiful instrument.

Our selection of handpans can be viewed here.

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