Drums are most loved instrument and fun to play. Our
drumming program will teach and entertain kids and adults of
all ages. Whether you are 7 or 80 years old, you can learn
at once and with fun how to play hand drums and some of my
north-African rhythms. You will also learn about my
background music and about the traditional instruments that
we use in Algeria, Morocco and North Africa such as Bendir,
derbouka, Krakebs, tambourine, djembe … Drums help you to
relax, to be creative, to learn about other cultures, and to
understand the music and the art of improvisation….
you will have fun and enjoy playing music in friendly
environment. No need for notation! Students will benefit
from learning new and unique techniques.
Saadoun is well known for his unique and exciting approach
to drums and percussion, he has been working in London,
Greenwich and Lewisham with children and adults over the
last 15 years. He also works with Greenwich Music Services,
teaching derbouka, Jembe, Drum Kit and other African drums.
Saadoun also has performed with Airto Moreira, Hossam Ramzy,
Rabah Khalfa, London BBC Orchestra Grand Union orchestra and
the Master Drummers of Africa. He has worked in different
schools as a drum teacher. he has also organised different
art and music events all around the UK including Hoxton Hall
Theatre (Hoxton), Del Azize, Pizza On the Park Jazz Club and
GMS in Greenwich. He has been involved in major projects
such IslamExpo at Alexandra Palace 2007, 2008 Olympia
Hemmersmith, Making Music on the Meridian Line which
involved about 10 schools from South East London, followed
by a main concert in Blackheath Halls (Blackheath).
SAADOUN has performed and worked for Islamia School, The
Kayall Theatre in Luton.
Abdelkader also performs with his band at Museums, Art
centres, weddings and other festivals and Schools, his
latest work uncluded the Horniman Museum, VNA British
Museum, Natural History Museum … Abdelkader Saadoun and
Takaleed Drummers has performed this year 2009 for Her
Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Andrew and The Amir
Of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al – Thani at South Hook
in South Wales and major festivals within the UK.
T’bel or Tabl: is a large double side Bass drum played with
wooden sticks used as a bass line for the karakebs or
Garagab/ graqib in Beber and Gnawa music in The desert and
mountains of North Africa.
Darbuka: Darbuka/Doumbeck .. Hand drum used mainly in
Arabic, Turkish and Arabic Music and specialy Algerian Rai
and Chaabi music
Bendir: is a frame drum used as a traditional instrument
throughout North Africa. Unlike the tambourine, it has no
jingles but most often has a snare (usually made of gut)
stretched across its head, which when the drum is struck
with the fingers or palm gives the tone a buzzing quality.
The bendir is a frame drum with a wooden frame and a
membrane. It creates different tones according to the
spreading of the shock waves moving across the skins itself.
Krakebs or garagab also transliterated as qaraqib or qraqib,
singular qarqaba are large metal castanet-like musical
instruments which are the primary rhythmic component of
Gnawa music. They are used primarily in Morocco and Algeria.
Djembe (pronounced ‘JEM-bay’) also known as jembe, jenbe,
djimbe, jymbe, yembe, is a skin-covered drum meant to be
played with bare hands. According to the Bamana people in
Mali, the name of the djembe comes directly from the saying
“Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather
together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose. In the
Bambara language, “djé” is the verb for “gather” and “bé”
translates as “peace”.