North African Drumming

Drums are most loved instrument and fun to play. Our drumming program will teach and entertain kids and adults of all ages. Whether you are 7 or 80 years old, you can learn at once and with fun how to play hand drums and some of my north-African rhythms. You will also learn about my background music and about the traditional instruments that we use in Algeria, Morocco and North Africa such as Bendir, derbouka, Krakebs, tambourine, djembe … Drums help you to relax, to be creative, to learn about other cultures, and to understand the music and the art of improvisation….
you will have fun and enjoy playing music in friendly environment. No need for notation! Students will benefit from learning new and unique techniques.
Saadoun is well known for his unique and exciting approach to drums and percussion, he has been working in London, Greenwich and Lewisham with children and adults over the last 15 years. He also works with Greenwich Music Services, teaching derbouka, Jembe, Drum Kit and other African drums. Saadoun also has performed with Airto Moreira, Hossam Ramzy, Rabah Khalfa, London BBC Orchestra Grand Union orchestra and the Master Drummers of Africa. He has worked in different schools as a drum teacher. he has also organised different art and music events all around the UK including Hoxton Hall Theatre (Hoxton), Del Azize, Pizza On the Park Jazz Club and GMS in Greenwich. He has been involved in major projects such IslamExpo at Alexandra Palace 2007, 2008 Olympia Hemmersmith, Making Music on the Meridian Line which involved about 10 schools from South East London, followed by a main concert in Blackheath Halls (Blackheath).
SAADOUN has performed and worked for Islamia School, The Kayall Theatre in Luton.
Abdelkader also performs with his band at Museums, Art centres, weddings and other festivals and Schools, his latest work uncluded the Horniman Museum, VNA British Museum, Natural History Museum … Abdelkader Saadoun and Takaleed Drummers has performed this year 2009 for Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Andrew and The Amir Of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al – Thani at South Hook in South Wales and major festivals within the UK.

T’bel or Tabl: is a large double side Bass drum played with wooden sticks used as a bass line for the karakebs or Garagab/ graqib in Beber and Gnawa music in The desert and mountains of North Africa.

Darbuka: Darbuka/Doumbeck .. Hand drum used mainly in Arabic, Turkish and Arabic Music and specialy Algerian Rai and Chaabi music

Bendir: is a frame drum used as a traditional instrument throughout North Africa. Unlike the tambourine, it has no jingles but most often has a snare (usually made of gut) stretched across its head, which when the drum is struck with the fingers or palm gives the tone a buzzing quality. The bendir is a frame drum with a wooden frame and a membrane. It creates different tones according to the spreading of the shock waves moving across the skins itself.

Krakebs or garagab also transliterated as qaraqib or qraqib, singular qarqaba are large metal castanet-like musical instruments which are the primary rhythmic component of Gnawa music. They are used primarily in Morocco and Algeria.

Djembe (pronounced ‘JEM-bay’) also known as jembe, jenbe, djimbe, jymbe, yembe, is a skin-covered drum meant to be played with bare hands. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes directly from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose. In the Bambara language, “djé” is the verb for “gather” and “bé” translates as “peace”.

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