2010 SPECIAL ADVANCED CLASSES
When: Monday, May 17, 2010 through Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Where: Round Lake Beach
Cultural & Civic Center, Round Lake Beach, IL
Right next to the Round Lake Beach Metra Stop on the North Central Line
Cost: $125.00 per person per day (Monday & Tuesday) as space allows.
Dununs for the class will be provided.
Breaks provided for lunch. We usually have lunch delivered from Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop at JimmyJohns.com
Time: Monday & Tuesday 10:30am-3:00pm (4 hours of instruction)
About the classes..........
Ma��tre du Djembe
Master of the Djembe Famoudou Konate is a world-renowned virtuoso of the djembe drum and its orchestra. One of only a handful of initiated Masters of the Malinke drumming tradition, Famoudou is universally respected as one of the world���s premiere djembe Drum Masters. He has dedicated his life to performing and preserving the music of his people, helping to elevate the djembe orchestra from its traditional roots to worldwide popularity. Fode Camara (also
from Guinea) will again join the tour as his Sangbanfola.
From Hand to Hand
Famoudou���s Wassa Kunba! teaching system involves an intensive 4 hours of instruction per day and ensures that you will leave with everything
you will need to study and perform a complete Malinke rhythm. You���ll learn the basic rhythms on the three dununs and the djembe
accompaniment parts. Famoudou will also teach echauffements (the patterns that "heat up" the song), djembe solo techniques,
introductions and breaks, dunun variations and even songs that accompany the rhythms in the village. You���ll learn the origins of each
rhythm; receive expert instruction on all instruments in the traditional Malinke djembe orchestra while deepening your understanding
of the place of music, dance and song in West African life.
Wassa Kunba! ��� "Great Joy!"
Through these amazing workshops, Famoudou Konate shares with everyone the great joy of traditional Malink�� hand drumming from Guinea, West Africa.
A workshop with Famoudou is like nothing else out there. His enthusiasm and energy are absolutely infectious. Famoudou���s drum
speaks with unsurpassed clarity, communicating the musical heritage of his people and the universal strength of the human spirit. He engages
everyone, creating a joyful environment where we together enjoy the uplifting beauty of the Malinke ensemble.
Whatever your background or experience level, take this unique opportunity to study with this living legend and truly great master.
Improve your skills and experience Wassa Kunba! with Famoudou Konat��.
We hope to see you at the workshops! If you can't make it to the Chicago workshop check out the entire tour for another city that may work for you.