DescriptionThese classes will introduce students to the basic techniques and rhythms of traditional West African Djembe Drum. The rhythms are easy to learn and a lot of fun to play. Students will learn about the relationship between different types of drums, and how their rhythms are played together to create vibrant and traditional West African music. Students will also learn about the cultural significance of each rhythm and the festivals or celebrations in which they are used.;;No prior knowledge of drumming or music is required for students to participate in and enjoy the Beginner classes.
Makha Diop, Director, African Drumming and Dance ConnectionMakha Diop was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa, where he grew up playing djembe, a traditional African drum, and other percussion instruments. He is a passionate and experienced teacher of the African drumming tradition.As a young man, Makha was a member of the Africa Djembe group, a talented group of drummers based on Goree Island, in Senegal.In 2001, Makha was invited to Hong Kong to perform. He stayed and established the African Drumming and Dance Connection, Hong Kongﾒs only African-owned drumming company. Since 2001, Makha has taught and performed extensively throughout Hong Kong, China and other East Asian countries.
Wendy Williams Keyes grew up in Greater Boston and graduated with a degree in viola performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has taught violin and viola and performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Arietta String Trio, the Virginia Symphony, and most recently as principal violist with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (of New York City). Her proficiency with regional genres has been developed through Simon Shaheen’s annual Arabic Music Retreat. Wendy’s viola is made by Luis and Clark, a Boston-based firm specializing in carbon fiber string instruments.
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