Doumbek, dumbek, Arabic tabla, darbuka and derbeki are all names to describe the Middle Eastern drum that has intrigued ears for thousands of years.
We’ll learn about the instrument, and about traditional Arabic rhythms, which are used often in many forms of modern music.
A brief talk about Arabic rhythms, then onto playing: we’ll cover basic techniques and rhythms suitable for complete beginners. We’ll finish up with a little group jam.
You can bring your own drum: A tabla is best. A djembe, req, riq, maktoum or frame drum or zills would be okay too. If you’re frowning at these words and saying ‘huh?’, don’t worry. If you can, bring a saucepan, or a bucket with a base roughly the size of a dinner plate, and not sharp on the edge. If you can’t, we’ll find something for you.
Michelle has been drumming for over 20 years. She started off learning African djembe and African rhythms, and later Arabic drums and req. She has performed in many groups and is currently with Ti-li-li-li who performs a variety of traditional Middle Eastern music including Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Azeri, Greek, Kurdish, Turkish, Persian and Uyghur.
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