Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Bean plays shekere on Jingo Ba, with Jim Donovan's Drum the Ecstatic International

That's me playing shekere with Jim Donovan's band, Drum the Ecstatic International. He invited me up to play on the last song of the night, (Jingo Ba) at the Rhythm Renewal concert earlier this summer.

I need more shekere.

From the LP Website: "The shekere’s history begins in Africa where this unique instrument serves as a shaker, a rattle, and a drum. Traditionally made from hollowed gourds wrapped in a lattice of stones, the instrument is played by shaking or twisting it to get shaker and rattle sounds or by hitting the bottom of the body with the palm of the hand to get drum-like bass notes.

LP has created a number of different versions of the shekere, all with excellent durability and a variety of sounds. Synthetic cord provides a great deal of flexibility allowing the beads to move freely, yet still controlled. This is great for faster playing and the execution of more complex rhythmic patterns. We also use very different materials for the bodies of our shekeres, including metal, plastic, and fiberglass."

Jim Donovan's Drum the Ecstatic : Jingo Ba. Live at the 2008 Summer Rhythm Renewal in Loretto, PA. Featuring Jim Donovan (Rusted Root), Elie Kihonia, Bill Burke, Harry Pepper, Brandon King, PJ Roduta, Mike Deaton, Bryan Fazio, with special guests Stephanie Smith, Connie Donovan and Moe Jerant.

Jingo is a traditional West African song brought to us by master drummer Babtunde Olatunji and made popular by the Latin-Rock group Santana. Filmed by James Gerraughty at Saint Francis University on 8.2.08.

More Jim Donovan videos on You Tube
Drum the Ecstatic on MySpace

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Oh. My. God.
That was just about the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. You were awesome. Lucky girl. No, change that - it's not about luck it's about skill and opportunity. Good for you.
(Very Santana sounding - hmm... RR opened for Santana and I saw them - years ago. They all (including Jim) signed my t-shirt).

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