RHYTHM

 

INTRODUCTION TO NORTH AFRICAN PERCUSSION and RHYTHM

Abdelkader Saadoun

Drums are one of the most loved instruments and great fun to play. This workshop will teach, entertain and inform you about the percussion and rhythms from North Africa. We will learn about the traditional instruments that we use in Algeria, Morocco and all over North Africa such as the Bendir, Derbouka, Krakebs, Tambourine, Djembe … Drums help you to relax, to be creative, to learn about other cultures, and to understand the music and the art of improvisation….
you will have fun and enjoy playing music in friendly environment. No need for notation! Students will benefit from learning new and unique techniques.

THE DRUMS

T’bel ( aka Tabl ) A large double side Bass drum played with wooden sticks used as a bass line for the karakebs or Garagab/ graqib in Beber and Gnawa music in the desert and mountains of North Africa.

Darbuka ( aka Darabuka, Doumbek etc. ) Hand drum used mainly in Arabic, Turkish and Arabic Music and especialy Algerian Rai and Chaabi music

Bendir The frame drum used as a traditional instrument throughout North Africa. Unlike the tambourine, it has no jingles but most often has a snare (usually made of gut) stretched across its head, which when the drum is struck with the fingers or palm gives the tone a buzzing quality. The bendir is a frame drum with a wooden frame and a membrane. It creates different tones according to the spreading of the shock waves moving across the skins itself.

Krakebs ( aka Garagab Qaraqib Qraqib, singular Qarqaba ) are large metal castanet-like musical instruments which are the primary rhythmic component of Gnawa music. They are used primarily in Morocco and Algeria.

THE RHYTHMS

- 6/8 ( Berwali )
- 4/4 ( Kabyle)
- 4/4 ( Wahrani / Rai )
- 4/4 ( Alawi )

Saadoun is well known for his unique and exciting approach to drums and percussion, he has worked in Greenwich and Lewisham with children and adults for the last 18 years. He also works with Greenwich Music Services, teaching Derbouka, Djembe, Drum Kit and other African drums. Saadoun also has performed with Airto Moreira, Hossam Ramzy, Rabah Khalfa, London BBC Orchestra Grand Union Orchestra and the Master Drummers of Africa. He has also organised different art and music events all around the UK including Hoxton Hall Theatre (Hoxton), Del Azize, Pizza On the Park Jazz Club, GMS and Greenwich Music Hub. He has been involved in major projects such IslamExpo at Alexandra Palace 2007, 2008 Olympia Hammersmith, Making Music on the Meridian Line which involved about 10 schools from South East London, followed by a main concert in Blackheath Halls (Blackheath).

Abdelkader is part of the TAKALEED project:
TAKALEED means tradition, based in the UK and brings people together through traditions with positive energy, creates and promote traditional music, art, fashion, North African and Arabic culture.
Takaleed also runs music, dance art and other creative workshops in schools, companies, special events & other venues around the world.

N.B. - all drums and percussion ( Krakeb, Bendir and Darbuka ) are provided for these workshops and are free to use, however you are very welcome to bring along your own drums to use.

LEVEL : Open to all.

Abdelkader Saadoun
 

INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EASTERN PERCUSSION and RHYTHM

Chas Whitaker

Chas will introduce the commonly used drums found across N. Africa, Middle East, Turkey etc. and teach a selection of rhythms from these regions.

This workshop is particularly suited to those with no previous knowledge or experience of the drums.

N.B. - all drums and percussion are provided for these workshops and are free to use, however you are very welcome to bring along your own drums to use.

LEVEL : Open To All, beginners especially welcome.

( N.B. - This workshop repeats on Sunday but uses different rhythms )

LEVEL : Open to all.

Chas Whitaker
 

PLAYING RHYTHMS TO MELODY

Chas Whitaker and Maren Lueg

In this workshop Chas will introduce a wide variety of rhythms covering some unusual time signatures. Once learned we will play them with accompaniment from Maren Lueg playing traditional songs.

2/4 -
Ayub - Higaz Illahi ( Turksih Sufi )
4/4 -
Maqsum - Fog el Nakhal ( Arabic )
4/4 -
Chobi - TBC ( Iraqi )
7/8 -
Devra Hindi - Sharq Jalaman ( Syrian )
8/4 -
Chiftitelli ( Turkish )
9/8 -
Karsilimas - ( Rampi Rampi )
10/8 -
Jujurna - TBC
10/8 -
Sammai Thaqil -Lama Bada Yathathanna.
11/8 -
Kopanitsa - Osogovka ( Macedonian )

Learning to say and play the rhythm to a tune helps enormously in understanding the rhythm and how songs are very often written around the accents of the rhythm. Although this is a drumming / rhythms workshop, dancers and singers should find it very useful.

N.B. - all drums and percussion are provided for these workshops and are free to use, however you are very welcome to bring along your own drums to use.

LEVEL : Open to all.

Chas Whitaker
 

ORNAMENTATION AND SENSE OF SEPARATION.

Asif Qu

Ornamentation - The aim of this part of the workshop is to show you techniques to add flavour and spice to your playing in and out of rhythm. We will look at various riffs such as playing on and off beat, triplets, rolls and show you how to introduce them into your play.

Sense of Separation - Learn patterns and techniques to help you play with separation in your hands, i.e. dominant hand playing rhythm while the non-dominant hand is playing an on-beat ( known as the Ka stroke ).

Open to all but an assumption will be made that you know the basics of playing and knowledge of rhythms.

N.B. - all drums and percussion are provided for these workshops and are free to use, however you are very welcome to bring along your own drums to use.

LEVEL : Open to all.

Asif Qu
 

SETS OF FOUR.

Asif Qu

We will look at ways of putting rhythms together into sets of 4 using various riffs and accents played within each rhythm. This will enable you to further enhance your play build up your rhythm knowledge.

Open to all but an assumption will be made that you know the basics of playing and knowledge of rhythms.

N.B. - all drums and percussion are provided for these workshops and are free to use, however you are very welcome to bring along your own drums to use.

LEVEL : Open to all.

Asif Qu
 

"SHAKTI" - DRUM SOLO

Elvin Herrick

( THEMED WORKSHOP ) - Links to Stephi's Dance Workshop ( Rhythm / Dance )

''Shakti' is a collaborative piece by Elvin Herrick & Stephi Briggs.

During the workshop, Elvin will break down the drum solo into its intro, middle and end phases and focus on the decoration needed to replicate the sound and feel of the piece. This is a complicated solo, suited to those who are already competent and experienced with Middle Eastern drumming and ornamentation over rhythms such as Malfuf, Heavy Saidi and Falahi. Elvin will cover the techniques you will need and share tips that you can use in your playing in general.

Shakti is a really fun and upbeat track with plenty of changes in rhythm and pace, accented sections and ample opportunities to show off your Darbuka skills!!

Shakti was performed by Stephi and Elvin with Hazir throughout the
Club Cairo Show tour last year (written, produced & directed by Carmen Jones), please see the video below.

N.B. - all drums and percussion are provided for these workshops and are free to use, however you are very welcome to bring along your own drums to use.

LEVEL : Improvers / Advanced.

Elvin Herrick