Your lesson will be at a picturesque outdoor location on Brighton's beautiful seafront. Lessons begin with Ray giving a brief background to his unique and fascinating UNESCO-recognised Garifuna culture, which has a history intertwined with Africa, the UK, France, the Caribbean, central America and beyond.
Both of you will then learn how to hold and strike your large bass“Segunda” drum. Ray will show you a basic heartbeat-like "Paranda" rhythm, and once you are both playing in unison, he will play alongside you on the smaller Primero drum. He will also sing a traditional Garifuna song while you play. The pace of the lesson is adjusted to suit you, but you will usually learn at least two of the many traditional Garifuna rhythms, including Paranda, Punta, Chumba and more.
Garifuna drums and rhythms are dynamic, exciting and quite different to the African djembe rhythms you have heard before, thanks to the fusion of African and indigenous Amerindian history of the Garifuna. Lessons are adapted to your skills and experience - from total beginners to professional percussionists. Ray doesn't use formal music or drum teaching methods but instead uses fun, hands-on methods that anybody can learn from. Ray has been playing drums for almost 30yrs and launched WarasaGarifuna Drum School, a 5* rated drum school in his home country of Belize in 2012. Now he's bringing his fun and engaging drumming and spirit to Brighton!
Seafront drumming is dependent on the weather and daylight...After dark, and if the weather is too cold or wet, we will relocate to a working music studio in Kemptown.