Times: Thursdays, 6:00-7:00PM
The Drum Institute is an African Drum Class. The course begins by teaching about the construction of the drum and its history. Students are taught “drum etiquette,” and the proper way to approach and sit at your instrument. Through patient instruction, students become comfortable with hand techniques to produce basic drum notes (tone, slap, and bass). All the learned techniques are advanced in traditional rhythm with parts and cadences. The course prepares students for “performance” to share with school and/or community.
Instructor: Teli Shabu
Born in Liberia, West Africa, Teli is the Musical Director and lead percussionist for The Magic of African Rhythm. He teaches drum class for adults and youth throughout North Carolina. He has traveled the U.S. and West Africa studying percussions and kora with masters. Awarded Best Original Music 2012 for his work onThe Brothers Size at Manbites Dog Theater by Indy Weekly Magazine, his kora playing was recorded for the score of I Love My Hair On Good Days Then Again When it’s Defiant and Impressive in March of the same year. Teli was most recently was featured on Kim Arrington’s sophomore album Getting II Yes.