Wednesday, August 25, 2004

How Much Money Does Wisdom Cost?

How much money do you have to pay a master to teach djembe? If you paid the master $100 for an hour long private class should you get more than if you paid him $30? Can knowledge of the djembe be bought?

Djembe knowledge can only be passed from Master to student through respect. The Master respects the student who respects him. Master djembe players can see what a students real intentions are and they also observe how their students treat others. A Master will purposely hold information from a student who in not clean.

Abdoulaye told me about a French djembe student who came to Tambacounda, Senegal to study with “Abdoulaye Diakite”. He came up to Abdoulaye and threw a wad of Sefa’s (Senegalese money) at Abdoulaye and told him he wanted private classes. Abdoulaye told him he didn’t want his money and he is not teaching. It is not about the money. It is about respect. Real Masters are looking for students who have open hearts and respect other people. They are looking for long term students, not short term ones looking for “some new licks”.

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this is all great and i love playing and learning djembe.rhythm is fantastic and where better to learn than african rhythm....but i aint african and never will be and why would i want to spend my life trying to be?ever seen an african studying the beatles???well yes actually and these american africans created soul and motown and funk and where would we be without it?i will never in my lifetime play djembe like an african master and quite frankly i dont want disrespect,full respect an fact,but music is creative and trying to emulate african musicians isnt creative,but drawing from influences with the utmost respect is.i dont want to play in an "african cover band"i want to play like a white guy and enjoy it!!
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