These are the steps in the choreography, so practice your part, and become a drummer I can perform with. I need you!
Solo Intro and Basic Break
-- Robert plays solo to get everyone's attention
-- then basic break to begin
-- Robert starts, drummers fade in one at a time,
-- boom boom, boom boom, next comes in
-- when everyone is in...
-- Robert does basic break
Diansa Break 1
-- We ALL start break 1 together
-- other band members respond on big drums
Diansa rhythm parts
-- everyone plays Madou Diansa part
-- everyone takes turns soloing, if they wish, one turn each
-- always come back to same Madou slow rhythm after solo
Long Diansa break 2
-- Robert will start the long break 2
-- all play it with me
-- Solos again, one turn each
-- Robert will speed it up
-- Robert will solo at high speed as they all go crazy
Final LOONG Break 3 for the END!!
Bow to all your new fans!
Don't worry, I will have videos here of the whole thing, plus the individual parts, and it will be EASY to nail this in 2 months. Of course, that is assuming you do your homeplay, and practice a little every day, even for 5-10 minutes.
OK? Here we go! This will be FUN! Yeehah!!
Screaming with Joy
I am a musician myself but wanted to learn drumming. When I watch Robert drum for dancers at Dance Church, Sufi, and parties, and see how everyone starts moving, shouting and screaming with joy, it's amazing. I realized I wanted to do that! I have been taking group lessons from Robert once a week for about 2 months now, and for someone that never touched a drum before, I am getting better fast. His knowledge goes way beyond the rhythms and sounds - he really understands the art and spirit of it, the psychology and physiology of dancers. I get a lot out of every lesson, and I intend to join his performance group.
~~ Kevin Dalfonso, Musician, Systems Tech, Encinitas, CA
Get the Room Rocking
I met Robert some years ago. When I learned about his prowess as a drummer and rocking the djembe, I invited him to join my rock band, Clarke After Darke. He was amazing. It didn't matter what the song was, he was always able to get the room rocking with his strong percussive beats. And he dueled with the kit-drummer, like a swashbuckling pirate and they laid down some fabulous solos. Besides, he is a really kind and gentle person. We were sad when he left for California. We love him to bits.
~~ Clarke Stevens, Entertainer, CPA, Phoenix, AZ
I've been casually drumming for many years but never formally, and never with african drumming. Then I saw Robert drumming at our local dance church. I was amazed how he could change rhythms effortlessly and "communicate" with the other drummers. Not only is he a great drummer, he is an extraordinary teacher. He is kind, patient and shows a true love for drumming and teaching. When he asked us at our first lesson what were our goals, he didn't snicker or laugh when I said "I just want to be as good as you" - now my goal is to have fun and be as good as I can be, and if that even approximates a quarter of Robert's talent I will be grateful.
~~ Paul Paez, Chiropractor, Encinitas, CA