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African Drumming Classes Melbourne

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Guinean master drummer Mohamed Camara teaches students traditional rhythms and songs from Guinea, West Africa. The class involves both djembe and dun dun tuition, offering students an amazing drumming experience in its traditional cultural context!
 
The Heart of Africa at your fingertips

"I am really joyful for having discovered the djembe and really sad for all of what I missed all these years without playing the djembe. If I could, I would be all day in a drum circle playing and sharing as the amount of teaching going on in these sessions, through eye contact, unspoken gestures, feeling, emotions, rhythm, breath, energy and life is truly amazing. A pleasurable feeling that lasts 72 hours after each drumming session according to the experts, pretty much the amount of hours I remain with a smile after the courses with Mohamed and Anna. Love, care, dedication, passion, authenticity and genuineness are poured into the classes by the teacher and his team of more advanced students. For a newbie like me, it is a pleasure to sit in the circle and feel immediately that I am making music instead of clumsy noises! it is a fantastic experience, I encourage all of you to join in you won't regret it....bring your heart into it and your best feelings and let's share it all together with this fantastic instrument resonating from the Heart of Africa deep into yours."

-Barbara Meneses, beginners drumming course participant

Northcote Classes:

Beginners Djembe and Dun duns: 

*Casual participants welcome, come and try it out anytime!

2017 Course Dates:
Term 2: Monday 24th April - 19th June (no class 12th June)
 
Address: Jika Jika Community Centre, 1B Plant St Northcote
Time: 7:00-8:00pm Mondays
Cost:
Casual: $18 per class
Upfront payment for 8-week course: $120
Drums available for hire at $2 per class
 
Intermediate/ Advanced Djembe and Dun duns:
Address: Jika Jika Community Centre, 18 Plant St Northcote
Date/Time: Mondays 8-9:30pm - currently taking expressions of interest
Casual cost: $25 / $28 with drum hire
 
*Recent student performances include the Australia Day concert at the Myer Music Bowl, Art of Living Festival, Melbourne Language Picnic, Springvale Festival, Sunbury Festival, Unity in Diversity Festival, Multicultural Spring Festival.

COUrse Content

The course covers a wide variety of traditional rhythms from Guinea, West Africa, involving djembe accompaniments and solos, breaks, dun dun accompaniments and songs. The rhythms come from the different tribal groups in Guinea, including both 4/4 and 6/8 time, and Mohamed covers djembe technique and explains the cultural significance of each rhythm in its historical context. 

OUTCOMES

By the end of the course students will have a greater understanding of rhythm and pulse, djembe technique, the cultural context of the rhythms, and will be familiar with a broad repertoire of traditional Guinean rhythms and songs.

Private Tuition:

Mohamed and Anna offer private tuition on djembe, dun duns, balafon (Guinean xylophone) and kora (stringed harp). Lessons take place in Heidelberg, Melbourne, and cost $60 per hour. 

Gift Vouchers:

Give the perfect gift with a voucher to one of our African drumming courses! Contact us today to organise your gift voucher.

 
 
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