Freestyle Drums


Freestyle Drums

Combining hand percussion, drumset, sticks, barstools, and a variety of rhythms, this class  prepares a choreographed performance for a holiday concert in December!  Taught by Alex Tapia, drummer with Jarabe Mexicano!

Street drumming 

5-gallon buckets, 1-gallon paint cans, drumsticks, barstools, boomwhackers – drum students choreograph patterns and rhythms similar to this: Drums and Barstools

Check it out: Team of Four AND Bucket Drumming @ Union Square

Latin and Afro-Cuban Drums (congas, bongoes, timbales – coming soon!) 

West African Drums (djembes and dunks, pictured below)

       

Check it out: Teye Sa Thiosanne, African Drum & Dance company in San Diego 

Beginning rhythms, West African drums:

 

The ‘Moribayassa’ rhythm and story:

Moribayassa is the name for a very old rhythm and dance which, to this day, plays a highly unusual role in the life of a woman.  If a woman has a really big problem, such as illness in the family or childlessness, she will at first lay claim to all the opportunities for help in the village.  As her last hope, she takes a vow: When this huge difficulty is over, I will dance Moribayassa.  Between this decision and the dance, years can pass.  This vow is so significant that a woman can take it only once in her life.  Even today, the rhythm is played exclusively for this joyful dance of a woman who has overcome a difficult fate.

For the dance, she dresses in old, worn clothes, showing her legs and dancing like a crazy woman.  She moves around the village seven times, singing and dancing, accompanied by one or more musicians.

The women of the village follow her and sing, too.  After that, the dancer changes her clothes and buries the old rags under a mango tree.  In my village, this mango tree is called Moribayassa.

(from the traditional ethnic group Malinke, North East Guinea)

 

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