Check out a new rhythm in the Learning section - Djole.
Presented are three Djembe accompaniments and Dundun part Ballet style, first in slow tempo and then how they are played in an arrangement.
This is an intermediate level rhythm, so watch and listen carefully :)
Below is this great rhythm played by Master Mamady Keita and company:
I'm happy to let you know that we did our next five rhythms already! And of course, they have been a little more advanced than the first five. Today, I'm adding the learning videos for these rhythms to our  Learning page:

A short video from our last class featuring Koredjuga and Yankadi solo at the end:
The Mendiani page now has a class recording of the arrangement that we used to play with Mamadou. It was played as an intermediate piece by the leader, each time with a different part of the group, the rest going on with the accompaniment and Dunduns uninterrupted. The roll in the beginning is where the leader interacts emotionally with the group, building up more energy, and the whole piece serves as an additional impulse to speed up the rhythm:

Below is a video showing the breakdown of the introduction to Djansa that we're preparing for the performance. All tones and slaps are played by myself (just for now), the group comes in with the bases at the right time :) Here we go:

I'm happy to remind you that winter holidays are over (for most of us), and we continue the class at increasing pace! We have a pretty tight schedule leading to a performance at a spring time Russian House "Kedry" fest, on March, 17th, in Sanborn Park (Saratoga) (you can check the details here: Thanks to our Russian friends again for hospitality!) So don't miss your chance to take part in the performance!

Also, we're expanding our Learning section with Dundun parts for all five rhythms. This is so called "Ballet Style" arrangement (in our case, simplified) when all three Dundun drums are played by a single person. For those of you who wants to play as a Dundun player, please arrange for individual lessons, because we don't normally learn these in class.

Check a short video below from our latest class featuring Mendiani and Kuku rhythms played with Dunduns. A whole different story!
Hi! We have two new rhythms in the Learning section: Kuku and Marakadon.
Also, check out this short video playing Marakadon in class below. Only the brave :)
Congratulations! Now we have a complete Dundun set for our classes & jams! Check out this video from our first take on them:
Thanks for everyone who came to the class, you did a great job!
In view of oncoming rainy season, I am moving the class back to my house, near El Dorado at Bryant street in Palo Alto. We'll always have a choice to play outside on the backyard or move inside if the weather is not so comfortable (and maybe have some tea :).
The exact address (for those who doesn't know) is available by mailing at or calling (408) 598-6305.
See you there on next Saturday, October 13!
We decided to try to move to the Mitchell Park for our Saturday class. First, this place is much more open and more easily accessible than my backyard, and second there is more chance to find shadow that fits us all :)
I hope we can have this spot before somebody else gets it.
So, next Saturday, October 6, see you at Mitchell Park Library recreational area (a concrete paved circle) at 11 am!