Fara Tolno plays a djembekan (solo) in Boulder CO at the studio where we were recording the Rhythm Reference project.
Fara is a master creative on djembe
Fara Tolno is one of the most respected young master drummers in the country. In this solo, he shows a few of the fast complicated licks he is known for. I worked with Fara in 2007 to create the Rhythm Reference program, and played with him many times, as his student. His skills are respected by the best drummers in the country, and much in demand for dance classes and college lectures.
From Fara's website: "Fara was born in Guinea, West Africa. He spent his youth in the village of Kissidugu and Guinea’s capital city, Conakry. Playing djembe since the age of nine, he has traveled extensively performing and teaching both drumming and dance. Fara spent nine years as the lead drummer for Les Merveilles de Guinea (The Wonders of Guinea) under the tutelage of West Africa’s most influential director and choreographer, Kemoko Sano. Fara is a keeper of the history, the music, and the dance in his culture. He holds a vision to build a school of Music, Dance and Education in his home of Guinea, West Africa. This school will help provide a sustainable way to ensure that the knowledge of the music, dance, and history of Guinea will be passed on to the next generation. Read more about this project and how to contribute here."
If you want to learn to play like Fara, then you have to learn from Fara. You can access tons of lessons at his latest web project, DjembeGuru.com.
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