About This Meetup
TRIP TO Africa!
January 18, 2015 ~ February 5, 2015
Famoudou Koanté, the Grandmaster of the Djmebe and Dunun of the Malinké and DrumConnection is making a TRIP TO AFRICA! Come join us and make your reservations soon. Join us.
More info: http://www.triptoafrica.org
WELCOME TO The Gambia!
Study djembe and dunun drumming in Africa with masters of the craft in a true cultural and musical immersion.
Famoudou Konaté, Master of Djembe and Dunun
DrumConnection of Boston, MA is hosting an unforgettable journey to the birthplace of the djembe with the amazing Famoudou Konaté. In this three week trip you will study drum and dance, attend festivals and celebrations, learn about the country and its people, and discover the magic that is Africa.
We will be based in The Gambia in a comfortable and clean compound/hotel, where we will enjoy comfortable accommodations, exquisite African and European food, and the hospitality of the Gambian people.
Drumming classes will take place 5 to 7 days a week (your choice), and will include technique, traditional village rhythms, songs, ballet-style arrangements, as well as the cultural context of the rhythms.
Traditional Guinean dance classes will be offered regularly during our stay. We encourage all drumming students to take advantage of the opportunity to learn these dances. If you are interested in other African musical instruments, classes in balafon and Fula flute are also available. Language instruction is available depending on demand.
Food and Drink
Meals consist of traditional African dishes such as rice with a variety of sauces and chicken, beef, goat, fish, and vegetables. You may also opt for a European or Vegetarian meals and fresh fruit will also be available. Bottled water is highly recommended and available for purchase.
Every 3-4 days there will be a free day or afternoon for students to spend as they wish. Suggestions include further musical study on another instrument such as the balafon or flute, relaxing in the compound, hitting the ocean shores, shopping or day trips outside of the village.
Additional trips available and possible are as follows:
• Day trip to the Market, famous for its fabric, indigo tie die, sculptures, baskets and beads.
• Day trip to a beautiful paradise island.
•Other day trips as you wish!
Trip Price and Deposit
The price of the trip is $1,800. Plan to bring spending money for expenses not covered and purchases you may make during your stay. Air Fare is extra and running about $1,500 or so and up for more luxury air transportation.
The price includes:
• Ground transportation to and from the airport the Gambia. (Transportation for day trips is not included.)
• Lodging in The Gambia, based on double occupancy.
• Drum, dance, instrumental and language classes
• Three meals a day in the compound (Food and drink during day trips are not included, buy very little extra.)
A deposit of $500 is due at time of your registration, available online at www.triptoafrica.org.
Deposits are being accepted now and are due no later than December 31, 2015. The deposit is non-refundable unless the trip is canceled.
Payment may be made with PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, check or money order. Checks should be made payable to 'Alan Tauber' and mailed to DrumConnection, P.O. Box 1311, Arlington, MA 02474. If DrumConnection has to cancel the trip for any reason, we would, of course, refund all of your money.
DrumConnection, New England's premier hand drumming school, has served the rhythmic community for over 25 years. We offer excellent djembe and dunun instruction for everyone, from private and group classes to workshops and performances.
We treasure our close ties to West Africa, and honor the teachers who have shared their music and traditions with us. In association with Famoudou Konate, Mamady Keita, "Wadaba", Sayon Camara, Billy Konate, Nansady Keita, Bolokada Conde we are pleased to bring you the rich musical heritage of Africa, the birthplace of the drum. Join us!
PO Box 1311
Arlington, MA 02474