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Come Closer To The Art & Heart with African Drumming Lessons

Africa is long known for the musical tones and beats of the Djembe and other traditional drums. Djembe drums in particular has became more and more popular in the United States and other nations due to its unique style and ability to provide an immaculate level of fun without any prior skills of music. Keep in mind drumming is energizing for some and relaxing for others….So watch out!!! One hand slap on any drum will get you energized and ready for more!!

 

 

 

African drumming is ideal for learning and enjoyed by many people of any age, abilities or background. As a fun-filled activity, African drumming is considered one of the best therapeutic ways to improve body coordination and musical skills. When it comes to professionalism, African drumming lessons demand an enhanced level of concentration on different beats and drumming techniques.

 

 

 

At present, drumming is known as the most effective way to express creativity whilst gaining self-confidence, relaxation, and an internal feel-good experience. So put your hands on African drums to bring a smile of happiness on your face! Come on what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Talking Drum, Northern  - Beat

Talking Drum

 

 

 

 

Djembe

Djembe

 

Drumming : Ultimate Source to Bring Communities Together

 

Creating music as a group encourages bonding within the group and makes people much more appreciative of their peers. Drumming creates a feeling of belonging and togetherness within a group. There is nothing better than enjoying the rhythm of African drum beats to have a feel of positivity, well-being and community spirit.

 

Individual lessons are always considered ideal for the ones who want to practice this unique form of music professionally. For those who are looking for drumming as a group workshop, it is the best thing one can ever ask for. Drumming workshops in a group helps to bring people from different communities together for sharing the path to joy and healing.

 

 

 

 

Drum lessons Minneapolis

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Learn African Drumming for Fun, Relaxation and Positivity

 

Our workshops meet the specific demands of any person and/or groups. Moreover, drumming is also great for enjoying and evolving the spirit of team building, leadership, problem solving and others. Either small or large groups, there are tons of African drumming activities to let people enjoy the traditional style of music from Africa. Sign up for our African drum lesson workshops to get the best of traditionally rich African music for fun, self-confidence, and joyful healing!

 

We encourage schools, businesses and local organizations to join in on the fun and explore your creative side. It’s more than lessons it’s exploring a different culture. African rhythms are heard all over and sampled by many. Find your rhythm in a peaceful fun environment.

 

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http://www.simbacraftware.com/intro-to-talking-drums.html

 

 

 

 

Traditional African Fashion for Women – Getting to Know African Fabrics

 

There is no doubt that African fashion has influenced designers around the world for decades. But, have you ever thought of what traditional African fashion is like?

 

Nigerian – British artist, Yinka Shonibare, was quoted “A picture of a pipe isn’t necessarily a pipe; an image of “African fabric” isn’t necessarily authentically [and wholly] African.

 

Simba Craftware has teamed up with Misi Afrique a ready to wear and made to order clothing boutique based in Minneapolis, MN and provided you with a few tips about traditional African fashion for women ..so prepare yourself for the need to instantly google a tailor nearest you.

 

 

African Fashion for Women

African fashion for women is wide ranging and tends to differ from region to region. However, in most cases, it tends to include headgear..

 

 

Gele, African clothing

Gele (head tie) – African Dress

 

 

Different styles include kaftans, blouse and pants or skirts, dashikis, etc. For special occasions, the material used is heavy and is richly embroidered. For casual wear, the material tends to be light, like cotton and may be tie-dyed.

For both men and women, the color scheme ranges from light, subtle colors to loud and bright colors.

 

 

1.   Is it important to purchase authentic Ankara fabric ? If so how do we recognize real Ankara from the knockoff?

 

Misi

That is a very interesting question because “Authentic Ankara” is usually very expensive. Nowadays there are so many designs out there that will not necessarily be described as “Authentic Ankara” but look just as nice. And African fashion is now more visible than ever so manufacturers of Ankara are trying to cater for all in their designs.

 

 

 

Ankara/Dutch Wax Fabric

Ankara/Dutch Wax Fabric

 

 

 

2.       Is mix matching patterns ok?

 

Misi

Yes it is, if it is done well, mixing Ankaras can be very lovely but it takes someone with a good eye for the Ankara fabrics to know the right Ankara patterns to mix together. Otherwise I would advise that mixing Ankara with matching plain color fabrics is a lot easier to do than mixing different Ankaras.

 

 

 

Beyonce via Instagram 2015

Beyonce via Instagram August 2015

 

 

3. Are most dresses/outfits custom made or ready to wear?

 

Misi

The funny thing is when I started Misi Afrique I went in with the mind of making ready to wear my primary market but after being in the business for just two years I have come to realize that over 70% of my customers still opt for custom orders.

 

 

4. Is Ankara ok to wear to the office?

Misi

Totally. so long as is a business appropriate and it is put together well, why not. With that said if your office has a no shorts policy, wearing Ankara shorts will not make it acceptable :)

 

 

 

 

African Clothing via Pinterest

African Clothing via Pinterest

 

 

 

 

5.       Do you have any fashion rules when putting an African inspired outfit together?

 

Misi

The general fashion rules apply to putting together African inspired outfits. Know your body type and wear something that will flatter it.

 

 

 

6.  What are some of your favorite African fabrics?

 

Misi

Nowadays there are so many beautiful fabrics out there. In fact I have noticed that there is a kind merging between what is identified as African and what is not. Some of my favorite “African fabrics” like tulle, Ankara and guipure are now seen all around the stores and are represented as non-African.

 

 

 

African fashion - by Misi Afrique

Guipure lace & Ankara shorts –  by Misi Afrique

 

 

7.      With so many African inspired dresses, skirts, tops and etc. sold at department stores, where do you see African Fashion in the future?

 

I started Misi Afrique with the mind that one day it will be displayed in large department stores along with non-African clothes. So I believe that is exactly where African fashion is headed – the mainstream, where it will be wore by everybody, everywhere and for every occasion.

 

 

 

 

Have you heard about Misi Adeniyi?

 

 

African Clothing - Oyin Skirt

Hi. My name is Misi Adeniyi and I am the Creative Mind behind Misi Afrique, a ready to wear and made to order clothing boutique for men, women and children.  I started Misi Afrique in 2013 after struggling with the idea of starting my own African inspired clothing line. Many years before then I had designed clothes for many friends though nothing serious but as the years grew, the desire to dress people became more attractive to me and so I decided to take a plunge into the business side of things. The journey so far has been fun and I am excited and a little nervous, about what the future holds for Misi Afrique.

 

How would you describe your own personal style?

Hmmm. I love to stand out, in a trendy, elegant and classy way, I know I can sometimes be a little flashJ. I wouldn’t describe my style as loud or too crazy more like dressing for the occasion.

 

 

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Instruments of Afro-Latin Percussion

The styles of Samba that we will be learning in class include Enredo, Pagode, Reggae and Samba de Roda.  Each of these styles uses different sets of instruments and variations on the basic Samba feel.

Enredo is a parade and marching style that is typically played at a fast tempo.   The main instrument used for Enredo inlude Surdo, Repinique, Caixa/Tarol, Tamborim, Ago-go, Cuica and Chocalho/Ganza.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia-

The surdo is a large bass drum used in many kinds of Brazilian music, such as Axé/Samba-reggae and samba, where it plays the lower parts from a percussion section.

Surdo sizes normally vary between 16″ or even 26″ or even 29″ diameter. In Rio de Janeiro, surdos are generally 60cm deep. Surdos used in the northeast of Brazil are commonly more shallow (50cm deep). Surdos may have shells of wood, galvanized steel, or aluminum. Heads may be goatskin or plastic. A Rio bateria will commonly use surdos that have skin heads (for rich tone) with aluminum shells (for lightness). Surdos are worn from a waist belt or shoulder strap, oriented with the heads roughly horizontal. The bottom head is not played.

Stay tuned for further blogs where I will take up the other instruments and styles. In later classes and blogs I will discuss the Afro-Cuban styles such as Guanguanco.

Ciao.

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Explore African History Through Paintings

History of a people can easily be deciphered from the art produced by them. The same is true of African history and the art produced by the African people. Although African history can be seen in all African art forms, it is extremely predominant in African paintings.

European Influence

From relatively recent African history, we see the influence of European painters on African paintings from the period when Africa was colonized by European nations. For instance, we see the tendency towards the picturesque and the sublime in early paintings from South Africa. We see paintings that depict unique African landscape and scenery in vivid colors.

Recent African History

Africa has been undergoing a lot of struggle in the last century. Many countries got their independence from European powers and are in the quest to establish their own unique identity. You can see this aspect of African history depicted in African paintings as well. For instance, in the paintings coming from Mozambique, you can see the progress from European influence to resistance to liberation and finally to the establishment of their national cultural identity. It is fascinating to watch African history unfold in front of one’s eyes though the rich and varied hues of colors.

Explore African History with African Art

Africa has an extremely rich and varied history. It is difficult to learn all there is to African history. But, an interesting way to get a glimpse into African history is through African décor items, furniture and music. If you look at African décor items, you will find them rich with African culture and history.

African Décor Items

African masks make for great décor in any room. They will animate any room and make it feel warm and comfortable. That is perhaps they are one of the most popular African art gift ideas today. Many African masks depict African natural history as they mainly depict animals that are commonly found in Africa like the buffalo, elephant and lion. The minute craftsmanship of African artists is visible in each and every mask.

African Furniture

African furniture also makes for some great African art gift ideas. Artists throughout rural areas in Africa are highly skilled in making intricate and beautiful pieces of wood furniture. They use non endangered jacaranda wood to create one-of-a kind furniture. These furniture pieces are hand crafted and hand painted to create minor pieces of art.

African Music

African décor items are not the only way to glimpse the soul of African history. Africa has many different styles of music which vary from region to region and from one ethnic group to another. These musical styles have evolved over the ages and they include parts of long lost African history that are lost to the contemporary observer. Apart from these different singing styles, Africans from different regions use different kinds of musical instruments. Many of these musical instruments are ingenious works of art created with materials easily and commonly available in the region. These African musical instruments also make for great African art gift ideas for any occasion.

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