Djembe DVD Reviews
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Taufiq Qureshi: The Art of Indian Fusion Drumming (DVD)
Indian Percussion Meets the Djembe
A truly astounding journey into Indian fusion music, this unique 2-DVD set consists of performances and lessons by master percussionist Taufiq Qureshi.
The live studio performance (DVD 1) is over an hour of pure inspiration, with a wide range of highly trained ensembles and humble performers on instruments that cross genres into new drumming territory. As gurus go, Qureshi is the real deal, and has produced a spellbinding performance.
In DVD 2, he takes you through lessons and techniques used to incorporate the djembe into Indian drumming, a concept he calls Tabl Tal. It's eye-opening stuff, providing a fresh angle on the sounds possible from a djembe by incorporating Indian tabla styles using verbal expression of the rhythms. He's clearly pushing boundaries here and we welcome the diversion from the mass of other djembe tutorial DVDs out there.
The packaging is appealing, and full notation of the rhythms on the 2nd DVD is available online. Priced at $39.99 it fits in with the more serious instructional DVDs, which we feel, is well worth the money.
For serious djembe drumming with a twist this is a great one. The performance and lessons are led by a true master, and cross over easily into African drumming styles. You will need to work at this one, but then, good things take time. Thanks for yours Taufiq!
T.H. Vikku Vinayakram - "The Language and Technique of South Indian Percussion" - Vol 1.
This is not a djembe tutorial DVD, but may be of help to any student of percussion.
Traveling deep into traditional South Indian percussion, this 2-DVD set explores the rich, intriguing rhythm structures and time signatures that have evolved in that part of the world.
DVD 1 is a performance by Grammy Award winner Vikku Vinayakram and his ensemble. Focusing on the Ghatam, an earthenware pot that is played with the fingers, thumbs, palms and heels of the hand, Vikku demonstrates virtuosity commensurate with a lifetime of study. Vikku is joined by his sons on Ghatam, Kanjira (similar to a tambourine), vocals and Moharsing (similar to a jaw-harp) to deliver a performance of staggering accuracy and impressive memory.
The performance surpasses pure technique to showcase the work of generations of master percussionists, with the current torch bearer Vikku leaving us in no doubt as to his guru status.
DVD 2 contains 2 hours of lessons on the Ghatam, as Vikku teaches two students the very basics notes in a play-along style. The lessons are taught vocally and are represented in standard musical notation at the bottom of the screen, which makes it fairly easy to follow. The lessons progress in difficulty, incorporating a range of intermediate pieces which should provide lessons for months of further study.
This DVD is loaded with material and may be the next best thing to one-on-one lessons with the master himself. At $49.95 it is a little more expensive than most, but highly recommended for the serious student.
Brad Dutz - Ultimate Beginner Series - Have Fun Playing Djembe (DVD)
Designed for the beginning hand drummer this tutorial begins by covering how to develop a sense of beat, how to produce tones and how to play a rhythm.
The second half of the tutorial covers techniques to produce a range of tones and sounds.
World Music Discoveries: Drums and Djembes of Burkina Faso (DVD)
This is a documentary, not an instructional DVD. Manufacturers description below.
In the African nation of Burkina Faso, drums such as the djembe are more than a simple instrument; they have long been used for communication and story telling as well as musical accompaniment, as this fascinating documentary illustrates.
Explore the role the drum has played in Burkina Faso's history, and how the current generations' quest to move away from tradition threatens this time-honored instrument of oral history..