West African students’ notes and references are all linked from this page. For items that are password-protected, students will be given the password in class.
Without music, there is no joy.
Without joy, there is no music.
— Malinke Proverb
General Sources of Information
- Djembefola Drum & Dance Community (hasn’t been updated in a while but if you dig around there’s some useful stuff there)
Background & Cultural Information
Articles on West African Drumming
- Michael Pluznik, “There Are Many Kinds and Types of Djembe and African Drum Rhythms”
- Bill Scheidt, “The Drum as Instrument and Tool”
Drills/Notes for Specific Rhythms
These pages are for students only. Students are given the password in class, and it is sent to parents via the Global Dance weekly newsletter.