Wednesday, August 25, 2004
How Much Money Does Wisdom Cost?
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”.