I'll be teaching at this amazing music and yoga workshop in September in Thailand with Dave Stringer and Emma Warmington!! Come join us!
Little River Drum Festival 2015 next weekend Feb 28 - Mar 1!! African, Brazilian, Cuban, Arabic drum performances and workshops. Also Japanese Taiko drumming, African dance and belly dance. Tim Sellars Arabic Jazz happening at Hilltop Saturday evening. More info at here.
Christchurch Percussion classes running strong! Monday nights, Afro-Cuban and Arabic, Tuesday nights West Afrcian Djembe.
3rd anunual LITTLE RIVER DRUM FESTIVAL
MARCH 1 AND 2 AT LITTLE RIVER CAMPGROUND!!
AFIRCAN, ARABIC, AFRO-CUBAN, DRUM SET, JAPANESE, CLASSICAL MARIMBA. DRUM AND DANCE WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES!
To buy tickets, click here.
I've just published a series of ethnic percussion / world music compositions. These compostitions explore some amazing percussion traditions from around the world!! They are perfect for advanced high school or university percussion recitals. I have introduction page and music samples HERE.
2nd Annual LITTLE RIVER DRUM FESTIVAL
JAN 26 AND 27 at the Little River Campground in Okuti Valley Check out AJ's awesome little video of some of last years' happenings here:
You tube video
The DRUM Festival returns to the Little River Campground on the weekend of 26/27 January. A celebration to rhythm and beat and dance from around the globe the festival will include performance, workshops, campfire jams and dance workshops. Takumi Japanese Drum group, Doug Brush percussion, Mark Zonka and Joseph Chintango will be some of the acts performing rhythms from Africa, the Middle East, South America as well as some contempory drum circle jams. Held in the native habitat of Manaia at the campground the program will be a moving progression of concerts with different groups performing in unique locations in the bush, beside the river, under the trees and around the campfire.
The event will run from midday on the Saturday 26 January and close 3pm on Sunday 27 January. The area has camping facilities for those keen to stay overnight. Tickets available at Eventfinder.co.nz or on the gate. $20/ day or $40 for the weekend.
Hope everybody is enjoying spring!! There will be no Tuesday night African Drum or Dance class this week or next. We will resume classes Tuesday Oct 16. 5:45 African Dance, 7:00 African drum, all levels!!
TWO NEW CLASSES!!!
There will be two new communtity classes starting Oct 15!
These classes will happen at the Jazz School (CPIT), corner of Madras and St. Asaph.
Mondays nights (Oct 15 start)
5:15 Intermediate Conga Class. This class focuses on the rich musical tradition of Cuban folkloric conga rhythms. Contact me if you are interested.
6:45 Arabic/Bellydance Percussion Class. This all-level class will focus on the awesome rhythms and instruments of the Middle East - bring your Darabouka, Frame Drum, Riq, or whatever!
Great class for all of you belly dancers!!
AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE
with Mohamed Bangoura
Master Tutor, Drummer, Dancer and Singer from Guinea, West Africa
Master musician on the Djembe Drum Mohamed Bangoura from Guinea, West Africa, is a highly gifted musician, percussionist & dancer who also plays Kora (African Harp). As a Griot,it is his responsibility to transmit his oral ancestral traditions through the drum, dance & song. Mohamed’s dynamic energy is a delight and the infectious beat of the African rhythms get both children and adults dancing till they’re ready to drop!
Saturday and Sunday 23nd & 24rd June
10am to 5.pm each day
Little River Community Centre
44 Western Valley Road Little River, Banks Peninsula
The hall is part of Little River fire station
DRUMS CAN BE PROVIDED
BOOKING ESSENTIAL Ph Doug 021 558 223
We're very excited to have an awesome new venue! Starting Apl. 17, our Tuesday African dance and drum classes will now be held at the Hagley College dance room.
It is accessable off of Stewart Street, right next to the Staff Parking enterance. 2nd Annual LITTLE RIVER DRUM FESTIVAL
New class Chch drum and dance schedule! Check percussion class page for details. Come out and get your groove on and drum around the fire at the Massive Spring Equinox party Sat Sept. 24 in Broomfield.
Class at Woolton Club is on tonight, Jul 26!
There is a New Afro-Cuban Conga class!! MONDAYS 5:00 - 6:30 Starting June 28. 444 Papanui Rd.
WONTANARA, our professional drum and dance group has several gigs coming up. First we'll be celebrating the Winter Solstice at the MASSIVE party, just outside Christchurch on
June 18. Then we'll be playing for a benefit for the Christchurch Green Party on June 25, and finally we'll be opening for the MUNDI CD release party at the Loons in Lyttelton on July 9. Hope to see you at one of these!
The time for an African dance class has arrived! After much thought and discussion, we’ve decided to try out a class on Tuesday evenings, from 8:30-9:45pm, at the Woolston Club, directly after the drum class. I know this is a bit of a late time frame, so we’ll see how it goes for a few months and then re-evaluate. I’m pretty confident that it will be great, though! As this will be a dedicated dance class, with professional drum accompaniment, fee will be $10 a class. Classes will start on Tuesday, 31 May. See you there!!!
Well, first news since our devastating Feb 22 earthquake... I hope everybody is coping OK. My teaching studio at the Chch School of Music is gone with the rest of building, but I've been doing private lesson house calls. I've also found new places for group classes - the Woolston Club and the Lyttelton Yacht Club - see Percussion Classes page for more info. Looking forward to being a part of Christchurch's recovery and renaissance using the power of the drum for healing and community building!
NEW LYTTELTON WEST AFRICAN DRUM CLASSES!!!! STARTING FEB 14 AT THE WUNDERBAR!!!! 7:00-8:15. I'm so happy to be starting to do things in this awesome little town!
Touring the South Island with Mundi the weekend ot Feb. 10-13. Cool Band! I'm playing kit, tabla, djembe, and some others. Hokitika, Westport, Nelson, and Picton.
Played drumset with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in front of about 80,000 Feb. 5, 2011. We played a bunch of swing numbers with Chant et Danse (singing and dancing, of course) including Sing Sing Sing and In the Mood. Also did Europe's Final Countdown (!!!) (Rock and Roll, Baby!) and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody with choreographed fireworks! What a gig!
Heading off for a bunch of Kirtan dates with Dave Stringer in Australia this March. Last year was great - I'm really looking forward to it!
Luminate is an earth friendly festival of music, art, dance, creativity and sustainability on the top of beautiful Takaka hill.
Did a radio show on Volcano Radio, Lyttelton, NZ on Sun. Jan. 23rd, 2011 with my friends Kai and Elena. We played 2 hours of mostly classic Afro-pop with some newer African Music and some folkloric stuff thrown in. Can't wait to do it again. Thanks Carmel, Dave C., and Simon.
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