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West African Drumming and Percussion Music

This site is dedicated to West African drumming rhythms and percussion music from Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea and particularly rhythms associated with Djembe, Sabar, and Kpanlogo drums. The aim is to be mainly educational and mostly informative.

This website was originally created by Shahab Azar, a master drummer. Sadly, Shahab died in late 2009 after a long illness. In his memory we are continuing to maintain this website which includes many of the rhythms that he taught in his regular classes and lovingly recorded for use on this website. Please bear with us while we update the website and review the functionality.

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Please note that our online shop and members areas are not currently active. Thank you.

On this website you will find Rhythm pages which are suitable for beginners and pattern hunters. This section currently contains 23 rhythms with notations, accompanying tracks and drumming video clips.

Those who are interested in developing their drumming vocabulary further, can do so by on-line subscription to our unique and comprehensive Members Area , which contains substantial audio/visual representation through use of notations, audio tracks, video clips and provides additional information on all sections of each rhythm not included within the public area of this site.

Furthermore in Members Area you can find information on history of some of the drum rhythms and live recordings of African Music performed in villages of Senegal and Gambia. We also intend to add new sections to this area dealing with playing Sabar and Balafon.

You may also find the drum related information in the following sections useful:

  • Listings for drumming teachers in     UK  : :   USA  : :   Canada   : :  Australia
  • Lists of Drumming Events and regular weekly drum Circles, Groups & Workshops
  • Photo Gallery containing images from Senegal & Gambia
  • Discussion Forum which provides a platform for expressing your opinions or posting your questions regarding drumming matters.
  • Information on Drum-makers
  • MP3 page which includes short samples of live recordings available from the Members Area and links to other African music sites.
  • The Shop , where you can purchase teaching CDs, Artist CDs, Rhythm Notations, Drums and Books on-line.
  • Links to other relevant drumming sites on the net.
  • Auctions This is a new addition to the site and is geared towards musical instruments, however other items can be included and a standard auction is completely free.

We have also included .wav files and MP3 tracks on some pages so depending on your browser they might be played automatically or a console will be displayed so that you can play the rhythm manually, or both subject to having the right plug-ins. Please be patient as some of these files are quite large and might take some time to download.

To take full advantage of what is available on this site you need to have at least one of the following installed  : :   Windows Media Player   : :   RealOne Player   : :   QuickTime   : :   Winamp player   : :   and in some cases   : :   Macromedia Flash player. You can download the free versions by clicking on the links above .

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