BORN TO DRUM: HAWAII January 18 - 27, 2019
Women drummers are invited to join us for a jam-packed week at Leo Nani Farms on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. Our faculty and Hawaiian guest artists will lead seven full days of workshops, two additional days of concerts, and enriching island adventures as we explore the traditions of Jamaica, Hawaii, Latin America and West Africa. This ten-day Hawaiian experience provides an opportunity for in-depth study with maestra teachers and community as we drum, dance and sing together.
BORN TO DRUM Women’s Drum Camp was created in 2006 by the non-profit Women Drummers International to empower women and girls in all aspects of their lives through the message of the drum, which represents not only a musical experience, but a cultural and healing experience as well. Women Drummers International is committed to creating a positive and empowering environment for women to teach, learn, and perform this incredible art form.
Leo Nani Farms is very proud to host this gathering at Ha Lau Leo Nani. In Born To Drum: Hawaii 2019, there will be 30 participants divided into two groups according to experience and level of drumming expertise. Each day, participants will spend equal time in small group (approx. 15) and large group (30- all camp) settings. We will enjoy daily lunches together on the farm, take a day trip to a volcano, and have time to enjoy the natural surroundings. Teachers and courses listed below. Please bring your own percussion instruments: conga drums, djembes, and/or dunun.
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video courtesy of womendrummers.org
Reserve your spot today with a $300 deposit or full payment!
Kama'aina (no lodging). |
Campers and commuters
HAWAII TRAVEL INFO - Lots of useful tips!
MABIBA BAEGNE |
Dance and Song
Skill and grace. - NEW YORK TIMES
Mabiba Baegne is an internationally acclaimed teacher, drummer and choreographer of traditional and contemporary African Dance. Mabiba was born in Congo Brazzaville and initiated into dancing by her grandparents at the age of eight. She is an inspiring drummer. In addition to her Congolese dancing, Mabiba has studied West African dunun drumming with master drummer Famoudou Konate in Guinea and she was the first woman to teach this form in the United States. Mabiba is also an acclaimed singer and theatre performer and has toured internationally for many years.
Group A: BEGINNERS
Session 1: Learning the two sounds and bells on the Dununs (Bass drums from Guinea )
Group B: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
Session 1: Learning fundamental rhythms from Guinea and Mali
Ouida Lewis educator and percussionist/hand drummer, ihas been a lecturer at Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts. She teaches traditional rhythms of her island home Jamaica, the original sound of the Reggae genre, Afro-Cuban, West African Djembe and Dununs. She is also a tap dancer and personal trainer. She teaches both children and adults in an effort to pass on the knowledge of the evolution of Jamaican music. Ouida says, “This is important to me as I realize that people are becoming less aware of the origins of our music and the enormous rich culture it spans from, thus losing a sense of self. Together with a group of educators we hold and teach the history of the traditional Jamaican folk forms. It’s a long-time dream of mine to share Jamaican traditional rhythms outside of Jamaica.”
Group A: BEGINNERS
Group B: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
CAROLYN BRANDY |
Bembe! Rhythms of the Orisha
Bembe! Songs of the Orisha
Fundamentals of Rhythm
All of us at the San Francisco Bay Times were completely blown away by legendary drummer Carolyn Brandy... We all marveled at how Brandy effortlessly worked with her extremely talented team, inspiring them to reach their high potentials. She is a true professional, and it really shows. - SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES
Carolyn Brandy has been drumming for over 45 years. She has been instrumental in bringing women to the spirit and healing of the Drum. Carolyn is the Artistic Director of Women Drummers International and co-creator of the Born to Drum Women’s Drum Camp. She was also the founder of the Bay Area’s favorite marching band, Sistah Boom in 1981. In 1976, Carolyn co-founded the popular band, Alive! that toured the nation for almost 10 years and has 4 recordings to its credit. She has worked in the SF Bay area for many years as a composer, performer, teacher and cultural worker.
Rhiannon is a LIGHTNING BOLT. The charge is continuous, illuminating and revitalizing.
Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. Rhiannon’s book about her life and teaching methods, Vocal River, The Skill and Spirit of Improvisation, was published in 2013. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon lives and works on her farm on the Big Island of Hawai’i using her singing barn Ha Lau Leo Nani, The Gathering Place as a teaching and performance venue honoring culture and community.
Bringing improvisation and simple songs into the culture of drumming.
Rhiannon will open the doors of vocal improvisation work through Circle Singing, simple songs with harmony and a series of exercises called Vocal River to develop musical skill and intuition so that each singer finds her own resonant and particular voice.