Explore Everywhere - Around This World

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Explore Everywhere - Around This World
NOTE: This is a PDF archive of an Explore Everywhere "Every Day" plan e-mail. Formatting in the emails is less clunky, and also responsive to mobile devices, but this should give you an idea of how
much fun we have.
Explore Everywhere: African Instruments (Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb)
TODAY IN EXPLORE EVERYWHERE:
-- AFRICAN DRUMMING REALLY IS THAT AMAZING ­­ MAKE YOUR FIRST DJEMBE
­­ FEATURED SONG OF THE WEEK: "Do Do Ki Do": Listen
for the djembe, the drum that leads the ensumble
PLANET DRUM
If Africa really is the birthplace of humanity than
African drumming is our shared heartbeat. The
pulsing, energizing, enlivening rhythms found
throughout the continent connect us in the most
elemental ways to the past, to the earth and to each
other. (You think that's a load of hippie hooey? Listen to this week's
During Dinner Playlist. I challenge you not to dance.)
As we've already learned in our short time together,
using a phrase like "African drumming" to the music of a
continent so vast and varied barely gives us a place to
begin. The rhythmic and instrumental diversity found on
this continent is mind­boggling, from intricate Arabic
rhythms of the North to gut­grabbing polyrhythms in
the West, from bounding East African dance beats to
harmonious, heart­stirring drumming in the Center and
South. LETS GO ON A TOUR OF AFRICAN DRUMS
USING THESE LINKS TO PAGES ON THE ALL
AROUND THIS WORLD WEBSITE
Here's geographic guide to the drums linked below:
ASHIKO (West Africa, Nigeria) | BENDIR (North
Africa, Morocco/Algeria) | CALABASH (West
Africa, Mali/Niger), DARBUKA (North Africa, Egypt), DJEMBE
(West Africa, Ghana/Guinea) KEBERO (East Africa
(Eritrea/Ethiopia), KPANLOGO (West
Africa, Ghana), NGOMA (East Africa, Tanzania), RAVANNE (
East Africa, Mauritius), SABAR DRUM (West
Africa, Senegal), TALKING DRUM/DUN DUN (West Africa,
Nigeria)
WANT TO BECOME A DJEMBE MASTER? START HERE.
Today we learn how to make a simple yet satisfying West African drum known as a djembe.
MATERIALS: Two cups, scissors, rubber band, tape, balloon
STEP 1: Cut bottoms out of cups
STEP 2: Connect cups at bottoms by taping together
STEP 3: Cut balloon and pull over top of one cup, fastening with rubber band
STEP 4: Optional ­­ DECORATE
STEP 5: Drum like this.
Thanks to ArtsSmarts4Kids for the inspiration and basic instructions. AFRICAN DRUMMING BONUS: SENEGALESE SABAR AND DARBUKA DUEL
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