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Day 6: Pyramid of Rhythm, a photo blog.

[half end=”” ] After a fun-filled, yet heavy night I woke up to get ready for our final Pyramid of Rhythm class. The day started with announcements from Kelvin as to what we should expect from this evening’s performance: A lot of energy and chaos was the crux of it… It was then Mamady’s turn […]

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Day 1: The Journey Begins…

Day 1 – 26/12/12 Mumbai: I leave with a mind full of things- clutter, inspiration, awe, hope, excitement, fear and expectations… I hope to come back with a far simpler, cleaner mind.Traveling gives me a sense of anonymity via meditative tranquility. I don’t have to worry about daily hassles and deadlines. My agenda simplifies and […]

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Day 2: The Journey to Abene (via Ziguinchor)

Day 2 – 27/12/12 We decided to sleep in and wake up just in time for breakfast and some Internet time. God knows when we would have the Internet again… Something I have come to depend upon so much now. It was lovely to see the cute cafeteria where the tables were djembes that had […]

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Day 3: Les Belles Etoiles, Abene, Senegal

Day 3 – 28/12/12 Slept in and had breakfast at lunch time. Happy sigh. Breakfast here is simple; a typical Senegalese baguette with a range of fresh jams. They range from Papaya , Grapefruit, Banana, Berry and more… I have my bag of tuck and hence will be fine. My dear granny made sure that […]

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Day 4: The ‘Exam’

Day 4 – 29/12/12 the beginning / test This was where we were to spend three weeks drumming… … Our Classroom… (apni jo paatshaala, masti ki paathshaala – our school, a fun school) “Today is an exam for everybody”, Mamady said to start off the workshop in the morning…. ‘No pressure’, I thought to myself… […]

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Day 5: Lets Drum!

Day 5 – 30/12/12 work begins I woke up with a wonderful itch to play. My hands wanted to play as I was woken up by the lovely sound of drumming. It was the first day of the dance class. Tannis, my roommate was super excited for this. Salimatu, the teacher is a lady who […]

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Day 6: Drumming in the New Year

Day 6 – 31/12/12 New Years Eve There was talk of a big party on the beach for this night. Even the performances at the Abene festival started and finished early (before time even!) so that everybody could make their way to the beach party in time to bring in the New Year. Impressive. The […]

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Day 7 & 8: Happy 2013 and performance at the Abene Festivalo 2012-13!

Day 7 & 8 – 1/1/13 & 2/1/13 Bon Anne + Performance This morning, many skipped breakfast; many wore sun glasses to cover their groggy eyes; many reached the morning class just in the nick of time. We finished two out of what I know to be a four rhythm pyramid. But since we don’t […]

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Day 9 & 10: Iya Sako, Djembefola + Private Concert!

Day 9 & 10 – 3/1/13 & 4/1/13 – Iya Sako: the gentle master Imagine a master djembefola with an everlasting smile, an unfazed sense of calm in his face and body, a unique village style of playing and broken English and you’ll get Iya Sako (whose real name is Mory Sako). He hails from […]

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Day 11 & 12: My first Weekend in Abene, a lazy beach town in Senegal

Day 11 & 12 – 5/1/13 & 6/1/13 – The Weekend Mamady rocking the Taal Inc. T: Fun Inc. With Mamady Keita During dinner the previous night Mamady thanked us for a week of hard work. He confessed that we surpassed his expectations in terms of tightness and execution of the pyramid considering the amount […]

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