In this video, I show you how to play funky West African djembe grooves on bongos. As in the other two videos in this series, each pattern is taught step-by-step, using a player’s eye view and a side view, at normal speed and in slow motion. The grooves fit with all kinds of music, as you’ll see when I play them with my brother Rich Dworsky, the piano player on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. And you’ll be able to play along, because I only play exactly what I've shown you how to play in the lessons.
To show you how the grooves work in a more traditional context, I'm joined by master drummer Fode Seydou Bangoura on djembe. When I play with Fode--one of the greatest djembe players in the world--you'll be able to play along too because--again--I only play what I've shown you how to play in the lessons.
The video is 56 minutes long and includes a PDF file with simple charts of all the patterns.
This video is also available as a DVD. Just click on "Bongo Grooves DVDs" in the menu on the right side of this page.