On Saturday, February 25, from 7- 8pm, The DubHub is pleased to present an African drumming performance from the Guiinean tradition. An energizing group experience, together we will hear a variety of celebratory rhythms that go with different Guinean dances/ceremonies, as well as fun and informative stories about the Guinean culture.
N’Camara Abou Sylla is a musical national treasure in the country of Guinea, West Africa. He has made the Monadnock region his home for the past 20 years where he teaches African drumming to students of all ages and abilities at schools, summer camps, and a variety of community groups. Additionally, Abou is known worldwide as a master balafone player (think a western xylophone). He will perform for us along with a group of skilled and talented drummers whom he has taught for the past several years right here in the Monadnock region.
African drummers gather to accompany dancers who perform at village celebratory events such as coming of age, weddings, parties, and reunions. Similiar to musical formats we are familiar with, a West African drum ensemble is comprised of a lead drummer, a bass drummer, and a rhythm section. The djembe is often played by the lead drummer, and those drummers in the rhythm section. The primary drum used is called a djembe (pronounced JEM-BAY), which is typically played while seated. A djembe is a rope-tuned goatskin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bambara people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose.The other drum used is a set of dun-dun’s. This collection of three drums is played while standing and provides the “base beat” of the rhythm being played.
This is a free event, open to the public. A hat will be passed during the performance to collect any donations people are willing to give to Abou. Abou will also provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions. We hope to see you there, “Anke djé, anke bé!”
Coffee House & Open
Saturday, January 21, 7 -10pm
The Coffee House and Open Mic will be held the third Saturday of every month starting this January 21st, from 7-10pm. This month’s featured performer will be the amazing Doug Farrell, a seasoned singer songwriter, guitar player, solo artist and member of Decatur Creek, an acoustic trio.
”Doug’s guitar work is flawless and his writing is poetic and heartfelt; filled with his experiences in life, in recovery, and the spirit of New England. His original songs will touch your heart and make you smile.” – (Ken Arnold, Off The Square Coffeehouse, Keene, NH, Keene Sentinel.) “Doug’s seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and musical melodies are deeply rooted in the hills of New England where he now lives. He moves his audience with warmth, humor, a smooth voice, and unpretentious musical vision. His witty observations and poetic, engaging lyrics will leave you wanting more”. – (Jeffrey Starrett, WOOL FM.)
Check out his website to learn more about him: https://www.dougfarrellmusic.com/ More details about this event will be forthcoming in next week’s issue of The Hubbub.
Song Circle Continues in 2023
Sunday, January 8
Sunday, February 5
Each session meets from 3pm to 5pm.
Song Circle will continue under the direction of Bruce Simpson for the first few months of 2023. Check back here, or via our monthly Hubbub from the DubHub newsletter, to see how much longer this will continue. Bruce is moving from the area but (as of this writing) has no departure date. This informal group meets in the North Room at the DubHub. Musicians, listeners and singers are welcome to attend this informal session of folk, pop, blues and original music. The acoustics in this room are great. There will be no PA, but power is available, if needed. Let us know. Bring your own beverages and snacks. Bring lyric and chord sheets for others if you want. Face masks are optional, For more info email Bruce Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org.