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For further questions or registrations send an e – mail to: Martin Gensmer,


Vom 19. – 23. Juni 2019, startet in der TaC die erste internationale Fortbildungsreihe                                                                 „Schooling traditional maninka music for semipro“ in Norddeutschland.

Anmeldung/Registration: Martin Gensmer,


Ich sammle die Anmeldungen und leite sie an Daniel weiter, er entscheidet, wer an der Fortbildung teilnehmen kann, es gibt Kriterien siehe Begleittext.

Spätestens wenn die max. Teilnehmerzahl erreicht ist, wird es eine Info Mail geben.

Im begleitenden Text beschreibt Daniel die Fortbildung auf Englisch.

Ergänzende Informationen erscheinen hier, oder per Mail an die Teilnehmer.


Schooling traditional maninka music for semiprofis

Deeper understanding, greater knowledge and more practical skills

Contents in short:

– Maninka music from Hamana and Gberedu (Upper Guinea) – village style!

– theory

– function: a) purely musical function b) dance

– one focussed musical category per workshop date; two core pieces per workshop date

– 5 dates with 5 days each (Wednesday to Sunday), 1 date within 6 months = 2 years

aims (knowledge and skills)

1) knowledge/understanding

a) of the treated pieces

b) of the system: different levels of relationship (theory)

c) of the music’s function, relation between music and dance

2) reaction

in general: making music together in respect of traditional musical structures

concrete: starting points, ending patterns, playing variations and finishes together, dynamics

3) freedom

get naturalness that allows nice music and playfulness without much thinking – through knowledge of material, explanations, examples and training

The content (a)

different musical groups: “understanding” – 5 dates with the following focusses

1) 12* A (here: Dundunba pieces)

2) 12 A (here: Dundunba pieces)

3) 16*

4) 12 B (what Paul Engel used to call the “Dya family”)

5) group’s choice

*12 means ternary, 16 means quaternary (“binary”)

The content (b)

core pieces: „knowledge“

1) 12 A I: Lumatadundun (a.k.a. „Kudabadön“) & Dundungbè

2) 12 A II: Bando Dyeli & Gbada

3) 16: Soliba (Balakulandyan) & Dyagba long version

4) 12 B: Dyidanba & Dya

5) group’s choice

Each date combines a piece with a single measure length and another one with a double measure length.

There’s two ways of structural learning:

1) What do pieces of one musical group have in common? What can we use for several pieces of one group?

2) Which structures link pieces of different musical groups and what are the main differences?

Level: The level of the schooling is “semi-professional”. The participants should have played dunduns for ten years at least. Less experience with djembe is accepted.

Practise: The maximum number of participants is 10!

After the initial demonstration part of basic patterns, variations and solos, I will split the group as often as possible, and you will play in two separated groups. This way it is much more intensive and everyone plays a unique and important part all the time. The two groups will not stay the same, but change every day.

Videos (passive input): Video material from Upper Guinea will be an important reality check during the schooling. It also helps to construct a good musical feeling.

Dance: Especially for the Dundunba pieces, some basic dance steps will be included. The idea is not to become professional dancers, but to see the other side of the game and to give the other participants the opportunity to play for dance. This is especially important for the differentiation of (1) functional and (2) purely musical variations.

Theory: The theory parts will contain aspects as different styles, different functions of the drums, changing of the music in West Africa and elsewhere and some training of critical thinking concerning cliches and narratives.

More: From the 3rd date on: “festival imitations” – one piece stops and the next one directly follows.

Playing: The playing time depends on the groups attitude, but will be about 6-7 hours on each full day.

Notations: Notations for the two focussed pieces will be sent about one month before.

Price & Learning diary: The price is at 450,-€ per workshop. Housing, food and drinks (except alcohol and sweets) is included. The cooking has to be done by the participants (one warm meal per day)!

Every participant has to hand in a learning diary after each of the workshops. Participants pay 500,-€ at least one month before the workshop. After sending their LD, they receive 50,-€ back.

Generally: Every participant is responsible for him- or herself – as well as for the fellow participants!


Der Termin für 2019 steht schon fest: Freitag 12. – Sonntag 14. April

Dörfliche Musik der Malinké und Tanz. Workshops und mehr in der TaC.


Mansa Camio in Europa – Tour 2019

15. – 17.02.19 D-Nürnberg Trommel/Tanzworkshop Dieter Weberpals
22. – 24.02.19 D-Passau Trommelworkshop Hans Freundshuber
01. – 03.03.19 NL-Apeldoorn/Amstdam Trommelworkshop Jelle de Kroon, Ponda O’Bryan /
07. – 10.03.19 D-Erlangen Trommel/Tanzworkshop Susanne Hager
11. – 13.03.19 D-Münster (Dülmen) Trommel/Tanzworkshop Anne und Chrstoph Winkler
16. – 17.03.19 D-Bamberg Trommelworkshop Werner Silzer
22. – 24.03.19 F-Limoges Trommel/Tanzworkshop, Konzert Salim Menad Salim.facebook
29. – 31.03.19 D-Berlin Trommelworkshop Fränki B. Frank
02. – 05.04.19 PL-Opole Trommel/Tanzworkshop Janusz Czarnecki
05. – 07.04.19 CZ-Ostrava Trommel/Tanzworkshop, Konzert Pavel Novak
12. – 14.04.19 D-Celle Trommel/Tanzworkshop, Konzert Martin Gensmer
16. – 18.04.19 D-Fürsteneck Trommlerfortbildung Abdoulaye Camara

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