Kontaani performance troupe - Macclesfield Fair Trade Fortnight gig 10th March 2012
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Kontaani means 'HAPPY' in the West African language of Mandinka
We are an eclectic bunch of lovely folk from all walks of life with one common bond - African Drumming!
We don't profess to be authentic 'Djembefola's' but we have a great deal of fun drumming together for pleasure and relaxation. Most of the rhythms we play are based on the traditional music of West Africa which at times we may 'tweak' to fit our ability. That's not to say we don't take our music very seriously!
We moved to the local village hall after an elderly neighbour said he thought bombs were dropping on Langley!
I started Kontaani in 2010 due to a distinct lack of djembe drumming tuition in the Macclesfield area. Kontaani was born from 4 Langley friends who drummed together on a Sunday afternoon, practising what we had learned during our Thursday sessions with a community group in Leek tutored by David Woolley of Joliba Drum School. We took it in turns to host the Sunday gatherings in our own homes.
I have now opened up our drumming group to any like minded person in the area, or beyond, interested in joining us to just simply DRUM!
Kontaani is a completely secular group.
If you have your own djembe please bring it along, otherwise let me know in advance to ensure we bring the correct number of drums along on the day.
No experience is necessary. We welcome beginners to advanced players.
There are two main weekly classes - Wednesday evenings in Langley and Saturday mornings at Cloud Nine Holistic Centre, Macclesfield:-
Weekly Fees (from 1st September 2012) - Wednesday Langley Class
Every so often we have a tutored workshop when we invite specialist teachers to come along to train us in new rhythms and techniques.
If you would like to join us please call or email to register your interest to ensure we bring enough drums on the day.
Our Kontaani performance troupe - the band, train every Thursday evening. The members are already experienced in performing in public and are striving to become a semi-pro troupe. They have been chosen not only for ability and talent, but for complete commitment to Kontaani. This group is now closed to applications.
We played our first public 'gig' as Kontaani on the 11th December 2010 which went down a storm and we have gone on to play gigs at the Kings Head in Gurnett (supporting Xbvrs), the Church House Beer Festival, Gawsworth Rotary Club Garden Party, Kings Head Music Festival 2011 & 2012, Langley Fête 2010, 2011 & 2012, Sutton On Stage, the opening of Cloud 9 Holistic Center, Macclesfield Fair Trade Fortnight, the Jolly Sailor, Storm Brewery, Just Drop In Centre 10 year anniversary, the Fermain Club open day, Macclesfield Castle Rotary Club Christmas Party and the African Dance Party in Stoke supporting the Beat Artistes!
We play our own versions of traditional West African Rhythms (amongst others) on traditional West African Drums - mainly djembe, dun dun, sangban, kenkeni and krin.
As Kontaani has become more and more popular we plan to hold regular performances for family and friends to showcase our talents. This ensures all members have the experience of performing to strive towards. However, performing in public is not compulsary.
Drumming is emotive, infectious, healing, meditive, good exercise, a great cardiac workout, socially bonding, great fun, uplifting and damn right wonderful! Try it - You might like it, but then again you might just LOVE it!
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Each of our beloved drums started life as a living tree and a living creature. The djembe's are made usually of goat skin and the dunduns are normally cow hide.