Friday July 10, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Introduction to Sabar Drumming 

with Sipho Bellinger

One session - Friday July 10, 2015 • 7pm - 9pm

Sabar are a family of drums from Senegal, West Africa.

Sabar drums are instruments of the gwl (more commonly known as “griot”) caste of the Serer and Wolof ethnic groups, but as the “national drum” of Senegal the sabar is also use by the Toucouleur, the Peul and other ethnic groups there. 

Carved from dimb wood, with a goat skin head attached by seven pegs and a lacing system that allows for tuning, the sabar drum is played with a stick and one hand.

There are several different types of sabar that make up the ensemble, each with a particular sound and role. 

This workshop will provide an introduction to the Sabar drum including a brief history, the technique and sounds of sabar drums, and playing sabar rhythms.

The workshop will be taught by Sipho Bellinger who has played hand drums for more than 25 years. Adopted into the Sing Sing family, the premier gwl family in Dakar, Senegal, Sipho has spent the 21st century learning about the gwl tradition and the sabar drum, which is central to this tradition. 

Since 2002, Prof. Bellinger has co-taught a university class on the Sabar tradition with members of the Sing Sing family and other gwl families from Senegal. 

Sabar drumming is great!

$25.- for the evening. Drums provided.