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DRUM SUNDAY: Afro-Cuban with Carolyn Brandy

Carolyn Brandy will be leading us in Afro-Cuban rhythms.

Conga Magic 
Carolyn will continue to explore techniques and rhythms for the Conga drum.  She will take simple basic patterns and explore the variety of ways they can be varied, played and used in different folkloric contexts.  This class is good for the beginning students to advanced students. 

Cost: Sliding scale $25 -$10 Children under 12 free — must be supervised by an adult 
No one turned away for lack of funds

Some drums will be provided but we ask that you bring your Conga drum if you have one. 


About Carolyn Brandy 
Carolyn Brandy has been drumming for over 40 years. She has been instrumental in bringing women to the spirit and healing of the Drum. Carolyn is the Artistic Director of Women Drummers International and co-creator of the Born to Drum Women’s Drum Camp. She was also the founder of the Bay Area’s favorite marching band, Sistah Boom in 1981. In 1976, Carolyn co-founded the popular band, Alive! that toured the nation for almost 10 years and has 4 recordings to its credit. She has worked in the SF Bay area for many years as a composer, performer, teacher and cultural worker. 

Carolyn is an expert in the folkloric drumming styles found throughout the island of Cuba. She has been a practitioner of the Yoruba-based Cuban religion, Regla de Ocha, also known as Santeria, since 1977. She was initiated as a priest of the religion in Havana, Cuba by Amelia Pedroso in 2000. 

Carolyn has led five successful cultural tours to the Island of Cuba to study Folkloric music. She has organized workshops in Havana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Santiago De Cuba, and Guantanamo, where the groups studied with masters of Afro-Cuban drumming and dance. 

Carolyn has produced an instructional DVD series called: Step by Step Conga Instruction which will be available for purchase at the workshop.

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  • Elsie

    Don't worry if you're late. Just come!

    September 7, 2014

  • Elsie

    Lots of extra congas at the space. See you soon.

    September 7, 2014

  • Lynn E.

    Cannot wait!! I don't have a conga to bring and would actually like to ask if anyone is selling or knows of anyone selling a set that would be good for a beginner.

    August 18, 2014

    • Vivian H.

      I am also interested I purchasing a user one too

      August 18, 2014

    • Vivian H.

      Typo - I am also interested in getting a used drum ... Much better when I proof read before I hit reply

      August 18, 2014

  • Lynn E.

    Thanks Elsie. I appreciate it.

    August 18, 2014

  • Margery

    I am in the same boat. Are there drums available to share. Or. Is there

    August 18, 2014

    • Elsie

      Yes, there are drums to borrow. If there aren't spare congas there are spare djembes, which sound a little different but will work to get the hand techniques down.

      August 18, 2014

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