Djembe re-birthing/re-skin 21st Nov and 5th Dec. 11am-3pm
Drum re-birthing is one of the most satisfying accomplishments you may ever learn for yourself. Come and join us on this two part course where you will learn all the skills needed to repair any of your drums in the future.
With fifteen years experience of rebuilding djembes you can be guaranteed my wealth of knowledge to you will be invaluable. I have been taught by some great people in the UK as well as The Gambia and Senegal.
Both sessions will be held in the Hulme community garden centre wood working area and Yurt. It may be chilly so dress in warm, working clothes. There is a cafe on site but by all means, bring a sandwich and a flask of your own!
You will learn how to strip the drum, check the rope to see if that needs replacing anywhere, then treat and work on the wood/shell of the drum. We will then re-skin the drum with all of these instructions in one session. I would encourage everyone to bring cameras and writing materials to make a journal of all these progressions.
Re-birthing session happens two weeks later after the skin has been through the drying process. We will then gather again to learn the skills on how to tune your drum to your exact requirements. We as individuals have unique designs on what is acceptable to our ear for tuning. Follow your own instinct, intuition and heart when it comes to tuning. It can always be changed so don’t fret this too much! Once we are all happy with our initial tunings we will hold a short re-birthing/naming drum ceremony/session together in the garden centre’s yurt. On this day 5th Dec. is the garden centres winter-fest so I may well turn in into a little led performance/workshop.
A choice of skins are provided and are included in the price. Rope replacement is extra!
Your investment is £100 for both sessions. This can be paid in four instalments but will have to be arranged separately.
There are just 6 spaces.
Dates are 21st November and 5th December 11am – 3pm