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New Djembefola Custom Drum Bags

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Our new Djembefola custom drum bags are our latest and greatest djembe bag! So many cool features and design elements you’ll be loving wrapping up your favourite djembe in one of these. Perfect for carrying and protecting your djembe anywhere.

Features:

♪ Hard wearing Cordura exterior
♪ Multi adjustable padded shoulder straps
♪  Twin side pockets,
♪  Padded waist strap
♪  Carry handle
♪  Reinforced weatherproof hardtop and hard bottom disc insert
♪  Non slip bottom
♪  Heavy duty zips with front & top opening options.
♪  Breathable back cushioning.
♪  Front opening zip (on most models)

Check out our product here https://www.africandrumming.com.au/product/djembefola-custom-bags/

 

 

New Middle Eastern Percussion Classes!

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We are excited to announce that we have new Middle Eastern percussion classes!🥁 Learn basic classical & folk modern technique for Darbuka, Riq and frame drums. Classes focus on rhythm structure & composition for classical songs & original percussion movements. You’ll learn to conceive and feel “time” to work with the metronome & musicians. These classes cater for beginners and run in our St. Kilda studios: 252 St. Kilda Rd, St. Kilda. Our classes run on Tuesdays, across 6-week cycles. July 26th is the 1st week of the cycle.
Class time: @6.30pm – 8pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Find out more and sign up here https://www.africandrumming.com.au/product/middle-easter-percussion-class/

We hope to see you soon!

Darbuka and Riq classes

Check out our sister company Bashiri!

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If you love African Drumming you’ll love our sister company Bashiri. Here you’ll find every Bolga basket you can think of as well as African masks, mats, musical instruments, jewellery and more. Check out the website here https://bashiri.com.au/

Bashiri offers a wide range of woven baskets and products including Moses baskets, round baskets, laundry baskets, African masks, African fabrics, African fans, musical instruments and more.
Our popular Bolga baskets are hand-woven from the sustainably sourced elephant grass that grows in the rich flood plains around the village of Bolgatanga in Ghana, West Africa. The soft malleable grass is 100% locally sourced and the dyes we use to colour the woven baskets are 100% non toxic. Each weaver has their own special techniques. Bolga baskets may take 3 days to one week to make depending on the size, design and intricacy of the patterns. We are in awe of the artists that weave these unique woven baskets and love the relationships we have established with them. Explore our unique and one of a kind Bolga baskets at https://bashiri.com.au/

What does “Sessi” actually mean?

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Sessi are shakers placed around the head of the djembe, representing shields worn by the drummer in war. They create a snare effect when placed on the djembe.

Ever heard the term “Sessi” and wondered what we were talking about?

Sessi are shakers placed around the head of the djembe, representing shields worn by the drummer in war. They create a snare effect when placed on the djembe and can be slipped through the crown loops, the verticals, or secured with a strap.

In Africa, players often make them from old tin cans and scrap metal.
Check em out here

Drum with us at Tribalism

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We’re so excited to come back together and celebrate our annual Tribalism event this year at Catani Gardens in St Kilda, our fav spot!

Our summer Tribalism event will bring our community classes together to perform their ensembles’ traditional and contemporary West African rhythms.

There will also be non-stop jamming and great family friendly vibes all round. Everyone is welcome including family & friends! Just BYO djembe, chair, rug, picnic etc.

This is a FREE event.

When: Sunday December 19th 2021 from 1:30pm
Where: Catani Gardens, near the rotunda
Follow the event on Facebook here
Build your own drum in our drum making workshop.

Build your dream drum this November! 🥁

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Our drum making workshop is back!

Join our experienced drum maker Bruno for a hands-on journey into drum building and walk away with your own brand new African Drum – personally customised with all your favourite features!

Building your own drum is a highly satisfying hands-on experience that connects you to your drum for life.


November 26th – 27th 2021

📍 252 St Kilda Road, St Kilda Melbourne 3182

Register here

 

Our teacher training course runs online and onsite across Australia and is aligned with the current Australian Curriculum.

Become an African Drumming Facilitator!

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🔔 BEEP BEEP 🔔

Friendly reminder about our upcoming 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 Teacher Training course!

Saturday 23rd October – Sunday 24th October 2021

Learn how to facilitate your own drumming classes just in time for the new year 😀

Our teacher training course runs online and onsite across Australia and is aligned with the current Australian Curriculum. We will build your musicality and confidence in facilitation and arm you with a tool kit of rhythms and games that you can implement into your programs straight away. You’ll also have access to and be supported by our robust Teachers Video Hub – the perfect resource for all your teaching requirements.

Learn more here

Handpan, perfect for sound healing, mindfulness and meditation.

How to choose a Handpan!

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When it comes to choosing a handpan, there are several factors to consider. Do you want a handpan that will work better solo or alongside other instruments? Do you prefer a moody, melancholy sound, or a bright, warm one?

We’ve created this guide to help you find the perfect one!

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 instrument from Switzerland. Played by hand, rather than sticks or mallets, the handpan has a rich, intimate sound, full of emotion. There is no specific technique or style in the art of playing a handpan. A player with patience and an open mind will be rewarded with deep layers of complexity to explore.

Browse our range of handpans here

New sound healing instruments from Nepal. Perfect for meditation and therapy.

Relax With Our New Himalayan Healing Range

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Tap into a state of mindfulness and meditation with our brand new range of healing instruments. Each item is handmade in Nepal.

Singing Bowls
Available in classic and decorated options, these bowls are here to guide you into deep meditation.
Comes complete with a cushion and striker.

Ceremonial Gongs
Boasting many layers of reverb, these traditional gongs are hand hammered from fine German Silver.

Each gong comes with a heavy mallet.

Meditation Bells
Instrumental in tantric Buddhism, the Vajra meditation bell represents wisdom, compassion and enlightenment.

Available in medium and large.

Tingsha Cymbals
Made of thick 100% brass, these instruments create a beautifully clear, high-pitched sound when struck together.

Multiple pairs can be played together for a fuller sound.

Sound therapy is built on the idea that our brains and bodies operate on various specific frequencies in order to grow, consolidate information, and heal. We can create sound vibrations at similar frequencies to those our brains use to encourage those beneficial states of being. Similar to meditation, we are trying to teach our brains to access those healing frequencies using a traditional and authentic method. Sound healing comes with many benefits, from an improved mood to better sleep patterns.

🌸 Learn more here

community djembe classes online

Join our drumming classes on September 27th!

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It’s almost that time!

Brand new djembe classes are kicking off Monday September 27th 🎵

Our 6-week cycles cover a full West African rhythmic arrangement, including support djembe parts, solos, breaks and calls. We focus on rhythms from the ancient/ traditional djembe nations (Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso & Senegal), but delve into other grooves from Ghana on occasions.

Our lead facilitator is supported by a Dun (bass drum) player, so you’ll get the full polyrhythmic experience, which helps to develop your auditory skills too.

Beginner and inter community classes are available, led by Magic Mike.

Beginners @6.15pm – 7.45pm AEST
Intermediate @8pm – 9.30pm AEST

✨ PS. When you purchase a cycle, you receive 10% off our store, both online and onsite!

Register and learn more here

Enduro Djembe

Enduro Djembe is back on September 26!

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After another successful online 𝗘𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗼 𝗗𝗷𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲 last weekend, we’re doing it all again!!
 
🎵 Sunday September 26th @ 11am AEST 🎵
 
This 60 minute intensive musical workout is catered for intermediate and advanced level djembe players, who are looking to strengthen their listening skills, dexterity, stamina and solo repertoire! All you need is a djembe and a WIFI connection 😀
 
Led by Magic Mike, with Alastair Rae on duns, grab your ticket here
 
PS. You can practice with past recordings of Enduro Djembe here
West African djembes

✨ 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE DJEMBE ✨

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Here are some of our favourite facts about the West African djembe…

 

1. The most prized djembe wood is lenke, known for its superior spiritual properties.
 
2. A master djembe player is called a djembefola. Notable djembefolas include Mamady Keïta from Guinea, Abdoulaye Diakité from Senegal and Yamadu Bani Dunbia from Mali.
 
3. The Bambara word “djembe” translates to “everyone gather together in peace.”
 
4. Traditionally, the djembe was used as a form of communication between tribes as its resonance could reach long distances.
 
5. The djembe is said to consist of three spirits: the spirit of the tree from which it was made, the spirit of the animal whose skin covers the head, and the spirit of the drum maker.
 
Browse our collection of African djembes here
African Drumming team building and drumming workshops

How to Foster Collective Efficacy during the Pandemic

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In the current state of the global pandemic and constantly changing environments, organisations are struggling to maintain a level of coherence amongst their teams. According to a study by Dr Eduardo Salas, Department of Psychology at Rice University, “Teams perform better when they possess ‘collective efficacy’, or a belief that their team can succeed”.

Our teams are experiencing a huge variety of unprecedented stressors in daily life, due to the pandemic, and this stress heavily contributes to an inability to maintain coordinated performance, which in turn creates negative outlooks and a disconnect from others.

So, if collective efficacy is a strong element of team success, how can we foster this attitude during these challenging times, where teams are becoming less connected and more isolated both on a physical and mental level?

Well, Dr Salas believes that teams need constant reminders about their wins and successes as well as a mutual monitoring amongst the cohort. What this means in simplified terms, is that our teams need to check in with one another, encourage each other and build each other up. The pandemic has seen a shift from a group mentality to an over focus on self, so organisations need to encourage individuals to come out of their shells and interact with each other again.

Collective efficacy is achieved when the group successfully comes together to achieve a goal or task, boosting the team’s belief in their ability to achieve. Giving your team an opportunity to perform a task together, where they each play their own part and work as a cohort through mutual monitoring, fosters group performance and in turn increases collective efficacy.

An African Drumming session allows teams to achieve a coordinated performance, where they must interact and closely monitor one another to achieve unison in rhythm. A beautiful metaphor which helps to build collective efficacy in a fun and stress-free environment. The session can help to re-develop friendships and a faith in their ability to adapt and learn new skills together.

The reason an African Drumming session is so good at developing collective efficacy is because these sessions nurture confidence gained by being a critical part of a team. Drumming is proven to improve team work and collaboration. The ensemble nature of the drumming, along with moving from structured rhythms to improvising, encourages new ideas within the context of a group.

This is just one example of a non-threatening way to reconnect your team during a time of shifting stressors and unparalleled disconnect. Something exciting and new can be the beginning of seeing a real positive transformation in your organisations as we move on from the chaos of COVID-19 towards greater collective efficacy 🥰

Ocean drums, available in small, medium and large.

Sounds of the ocean 🌊

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We’ve just received a batch of new ocean drum designs! Hand painted with stunning tribal and animal pictures, the ocean drum is a popular percussive accompaniment during meditation classes, sound baths and mindfulness retreats.

The ocean drum is held by the frame, with the head horizontal and played by rolling the wrists so the drum gently tilts in all directions.
The beads inside roll over the bottom head creating soulful wave-like sounds. Different speeds produce different sounds and stopping and starting creates crashing wave sounds.

Available in small, medium and large!

There’s an article written about us!!!

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Dr Dawn Joseph came across some fascinating findings when she visited our spring drum retreat in 2019, which launched a deeper investigation into the power of West African drumming.


Below are a few of our favourite points from the article:

  1. African Drumming builds bridges and begins dialogues, allowing for a better understanding of the people, customs and music in Africa.
  2. There is a deep sense of belonging in the drumming community, being part of something intangible and ancient.
  3. Drumming fosters a sense of connection and community with others and offers time away from normality and technology.

The article is a powerful summary of our goals and values here at African Drumming. We strongly believe in educating the community in an authentic and genuine way, and take pride in building a strong and supportive community.

Visit the link here to read the full article

The power of West African drumming.

Say hi to the talking drum!

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“If you say hi to one it may even talk right back!”

When you first hear the sound of a talking drum, it may catch you by surprise, and that is because the sounds of the drum can be manipulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech. They are so entertaining to listen to because they are unlike any other drum you might hear.

The talking drum is amongst the oldest instruments used by West African Griots, with their history tracing back to the Ghana Empire. There are many variants including size, origin and style. The ‘Tama’ Talking Drum of the Wolof people is handmade in Senegal and is recognisable by its smaller size and higher pitched tone. These smaller style drums are also played by the Malinke people. A larger style Talking Drum (shown in the video below) is commonly played by the Yoruba and Dagomba people, in their Lunna and Dùndún ensembles.

3 tips to protect your djembe

3 tips to protect your favourite drum!

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Protect your djembe for life with our following tips!

#1  The natural oils from your hands will condition the skin as you play. We don’t recommend the use of other conditioning agents as these can cause rot over time.

#2  A good bag will go a long way in protecting your djembe and preserving its skin, but be aware of the temperature conditions. If the bag is stored in a hot place it will act as a furnace.

#3  In Africa, drummers lean djembes on their side, so the wind and air can get into them and ventilate.

mamady keita

Rest in Peace Djembefola 👑

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We lost a pioneer last month. Mamady Keita was a warm and giving teacher who made everyone feel welcome. A true patriot of Guinea and traditional West African music, he opened the doors to a new world for us – the global djembe community – which will continue to grow in his honour for years to come.

– Simon Fraser, Director

Image via Pan African Music