Im very pleased to be running 4 weekly classes – 2 in Newcastle and 2 in Durham as well as my monthly day workshop at Charltons near Guisborough, Teeside.
One of the new classes is for NECA – North East Council on Addiction. There is strong evidence for the therapeutic benefits of drumming from research done and published around the world.
Here is a great source which gives a long list of publications and articles about the benefits of drumming
I have been invited to perform at the Revive Festival of Recovery, organised by NECA and partners in Durham in April. My idea is to bring together members of my different groups to play – and sing! – together so I am teaching the rhythm Denabeng dunun to all my groups this term. The song is lovely too. There will be a lot of different material to learn at each class but the idea is to teach something common to all classes too!
The song was taught to me by Nansady Keita when he came to the North East of England to run a workshop in July 2013.
I will be teaching a wide range of solo phrases selected from several workshops I have attended with Nansady where he was taught this rhythm over the last 5 years or so.
In addition I want to introduce students to bass drum variations – both taught variations to be learned but also how to create your own variations.
If you are listening to the sangban and keni parts and know where the dunumba pattern begins then you can start to play variations and know where to stop and come back to the normal pattern.
If you are interested then come along to my classes!
Monday – Byker Community Centre, Headlam str, Newcastle 7-9pm
Wednesday – NECA class (closed group this term)
Thursday – Drummed Up – St James’s, Newcastle. Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8JF 6.30-9.30
Sunday – Waddington St URC hall, Durham City, DH1 4BG 2-4.30pm