Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wedding at Stoepsit, Still Bay

Here is another of my wedding gigs, this time with British guests.

The wedding couple asked me to facilitate an "African wedding" including drumming, traditional African Dancing and some local hip-hop artists.

In the second photo, you see the girls taking the ladies from the audience aside and teaching them a traditional African dance.

Our guys also took the
men to one side and taught them the traditional "Mandela Shuffle".
The audience then got a chance to play a djembe drum - for many the first time in their lives! They learnt the two basic notes and everyone had fun, from old to young!

The happy couple then participated in a romantic call- and answer rhythm originating from the Transkei, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

What a magical evening!!

Thank you for letting me participate in your special day.** 

Australian Wedding at Gondwana Game Reserve

As you all know, my business is very diverse and can add flavour to any event..
So, I recently performed at a wedding at Gondwana Game Reserve on the deck overlooking the valley.

The Groom was South African and the Bride Australian, therefore, we had an interesting mix between djembe drumming and the didgeridoos from down under.

Stunning evening under the stars. Thank you Jacobus and Emily for letting me join in your special day!

Drumming for Ministers of Parliament at the World Forestry Congress 2015

 The World Forestry Congress was recently hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and I was invited to facilitate a drum circle for the Ministers of Parliament and other dignataries.

On the first night we entertained some dignataries at a cocktail evening. Thank you to Anthea Fuller and Watson Holmes for drumming alongside me.
 The Congress ended with a formal gala dinner at which we entertained the guests with drumming, fire dancing and traditional African Dancing.

Thank you very much to my team of African Dancers, Dan the Fireman Fourie(left) and Jay Green(right) that performed with me.

What an amazing event!!

Left + Right: Our firedancers in action...

Bottom: Djembeman, Jay and Dan the Fireman performing stunts together. A thrilling blend of drumming and fire dancing.

Friday, August 21, 2015

My Beuatiful Wife Izelle

My beautiful Wife and I posing for a pic at one of my Wedding Gigs...

You may have noticed a whole new look to my blog as well as an increased amount of posting and blog entries...

Thank you so much my Love for taking control of my blog and doing such a STUNNING job of it!!!!!

May we share many more years of this!MWA

South African Freedom Day Celebration 24 September 2014

On 24 September 2014, I was invited to perform with some local artists in the Hip-hop scene.

What an amazing show -- sharing a stage with such talented artists. Afterwards, all the artists autographed my shirt in celebration of South African Freedom Day.

#Churx #MegamindsEntertainment #ChaseTylerDemont #KasieNice

Anti-canned Lion Hunting Protest

Djembe Drum Paradise, together with other drummers from the Garden Route, all banded together to make some noise in protest against canned lion hunting.

To find out more about this atrocity, go to www.cannedlion.org

It was fantastic to see drummers unite to bring attention to this very important matter.

Drumming on stage with my 4 year old son


Here is my 4 year old son performing with me at a performing arts evening at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

He has joined me on several stages, including the KKNK(Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) 2014 RSG(Radio Sonder Grense) stage where he was, in front of 400+ people, named the youngest performing artist ever on a KKNK stage!

Performing at Mujos Bar & Restaurant, George


   Myself and my cousin, Chase Tyler Demont, performing at Mujos Bar & Restaurant, George, South Africa. This was a one hour informal set. 

Thank you Liesl Kelland(owner). See you again soon!     

Drum circle with friends in random places

Here are somephotos that serve as an example of how much fun drumming brings to everybody's lives!  I hold many many informal drum circles or "Group Drumming".  At the various venues I use for these drum sessions we have many interesting people and artists that join in the fun, from hula hoopers and fire dancers, to drummers of all kinds! It is always interesting to hear the different kinds of Drums that get brought to these circles.

To have an informal drum circle at your house, in your garden, at your work office, at the beach...hehehe...well pretty much ANYWHERE, give me an email or phonecall and we can set it up!

Thunder and Lightning rhythm with the kids

Part of my business is School Social Interaction Groups. This is pretty much the same as a corporate team building circle, but using a simplified style of drumming for the younger minds.

Here I am doing a rhythm with the kids that I call my "Thunder and Lightning" rhythm... (video will be posted soon). We start with softly building up the bass(note in the centre of the drum)...this sounds like thunder rolling over the hills. Then when lightning strikes, the kids move to the treble note(on the edge of the drum) loudly and shouting at the top of their voices as lightning crashes on the ground.  This excercise teaches kids how to use "light and shade"(intensity of volume) when playing on a drum as well as the two basic notes on any drum.

Thank you Babbelbekkies creche for the opportunity to perform at your end of year concert with your kids. They were amazing!

On stage at the CANSA Relay For Life

The CANSA Relay for Life is a annual fundraiser for cancer patients and survivors.

This is a fund raiser event where people walk a distance around a circular track over a period of 24 hours. There are stalls and local businesses involved at the edges of the track, where we spur on the walkers. Live performances and competitions are held throughout the night to keep everyone's spirits high.

Here I am on stage with one of Mossel Bays biggest local artists.

Djembe Drum Paradise is back with a BANG!!

"Everyone HAS rhythm inside of them. The first thing your brain is aware of as a fetus in your mother's stomach is her heartbeat and breathing. Hence...YOU ARE BORN with rhythm..."

Drumming is the best way to discover and unlock that rhythm...

My name is Daniel Nicholson and I am known over the Garden Route as Djembeman. I specialise in 1-on-1 lessons, group lessons, drum circles, (corporate) team building, year-end functions, weddings, and more

I also specialise in facilitating "African" themed evenings with traditional African dancers, drumming, firedancing and even coal walking(on request), perfect for any function/event.

Do you have a small business but no budget for a year end function?
Let me come to your office and do a team building session with your staff of roughly 45 mins. Guaranteed improvement of productivity and team work!

Drumming is suitable for ANY- and EVERYbody... Don't miss out on this amazing experience!

Please contact me for any bookings or quotes.

Drum greetings

Djembeman (Daniel Nicholson - 078 295 8482 / Izelle Nicholson - 082 081 3989)

Drumming on stage with Ard Matthews

So...Over the years I've performed with many local Artists all over South Africa. This was at Herolds Bay Eco Resort in their awesome venue, Down to Earth. Thank you Ard Matthews(Just Jinger) for the awesome performance. "Sugarman" was my highlight of the evening. 

I was hired to welcome the guests upon arrival at the door to add an African ambience to the evening. Thank you to my cousin, Chase Tyler Demont and my wife, Izelle Nicholson, for performing with me... You guys rock! 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Soon soon...

To all those that read this blog...

My sincere apologies for not posting for a while...I have loads and loads of new posts,pics and videos to
upload...it might just take a while as I have no internet at home at the moment...

Please enjoy the time you have on this earth to fill your life up with music and things that matter!!!

See you again soon...

Soon soon...

Monday, February 18, 2013

First Vid sent in by a follower of my old blog...

This Video was sent in by someone who commented on one of my posts and asked me to post his video...

Please feel free to send me YOUR own videos and I will be happy to post them up...

I'm not looking for any professional videos, just amateur having fun that want to learn from each other!!!

Thanks P

Drumming Gig With Students From Belgium

 So I did another drumming gig with a school in George, Outeniqua High School...

There was a foreign exchange program coming to ts end...so the South African learners took their Belgian counterparts on a tour in a "Loxion"(Location - also called a settlement or township)
where the local people invited them into their shack homes, and danced for them when they left each house....what an amazing experience!!!

 The first photo is a picture of the set up that I used...25 Drums in a big circle, with a skinless shell on display....When I start my drum session(it was done as a Team Building Exercise), I always start by introducing the Djembe, telling them how its made(Machine - Lathe - made drums versus hand carved drums)...what type of skins are used, and a little history about the Djembe.

 Then we start our actual drumming by playing the three basic notes on the Djembe to get them used to the hand placement for those three notes...(If you go back to my earlier posts on this blog I describe the three basic notes in quite a bit of detail)

After that we start to play full rhythms from Ta-Ka-Doem-Ta...to...Heartbeat Rhythms, and even some interesting Polyrythms!!!

At a point in the session when I can see that everyone has got the general understanding of how to play the Djembe, I split the group into three smaller groups...give them 5mins to come up with their very own rhythm.  As you can imagine they compete fiercely with each other and I stir the pot a bit by going over to each group and telling them more or less what I want to hear.  Look how hard they are all concentrating...hehehe

This is the entire group once we were done...tired hands but happy faces...

I am so grateful that what I do for a living is, not only my passion, but it brings joyful memories to people that will not be forgotten for a very long time...

I am privileged to become a small part of all my drum students lives!!!!....

Should you want any more info on my Team Building Drum Sessions please feel free to email me on daniel@djembeman.co.za or even phone me on +2782958482!

Thank you for enjoying my blog with me!

Enjoy your day further!

Daniel Nicholson A.K.A "Djembeman"

"Muzo" Party...

So this was a fun jam at one of my drum students homes...she is 70 years old this year...has decided to learn to play 6 musical instruments, and is also going through lessons on her RECORDING STUDIO that she has recently set up for herself...

She offered to use her home as a venue for a "Muzo Party"...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Axel's Rhythm

My Son at 2yrs old...

This is his own little rhythm that he plays....on the day of making this video, I was in another part of the house and heard him drumming away to himself....when I walked in he came straight to me...grabbed my hand and pulled me to the drum...and played for his Daddy!!!

I love the fact that he came up with this rhythm all by himself...just from being around Dad and Dad's muzo mates...

He "brags" and plays this for every person that comes into the house..they have to see him play the drum before coffee,tea etc can be made and so on....lol

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Amazing random meeting of an amazing muzo!!!!

So I believe in having my djembe with me WHEREVER I go, and I am simply not shy at all...so I often just sit somewhere and watch the crowds walk by while I drum in my own little world in my head...

This being said, I quite often meet interesting people on my journey in life...

This man was very cool...we chatted and chatted for almost an hour...he gave me tips on drumming styles and hand placements,etc...
He is the drummer for an old 70's band called "Four Jacks and a Jill"...if you have'nt heard of them please google them...old school music but awsome South African Band!!!

I've been invited to his house to have a jam with him - he still has a couple of drum kits - but sadly he wasn't feeling too well when I tried to arrange it...

Will post videos and pics as soon as we have a jam together!!!!
So this was a fun jam at one of my drum students homes...she is 70 years old this year...has decided to learn to play 6 musical instruments, and is also going through lessons on her RECORDING STUDIO that she has recently set up for herself...

She offered to use her home as a venue for a "Muzo Party"...

 Lew behind the drum kit...he's been a drummer for more than 40years and still plays for a band...

In the lounge we had, Drum Kit, Congo/Bongo Set, 5/6 Djembes, 3 Guitars, 1 Cello and 2 pianos(one of them being a beautiful HUGE Grand Piano)
 Lew's Wife Sandy, on the Bongo/Congo set...

Lorraine, my drum student who owns the house, one the Black Mamba Toca Djembe...
 Wesley Wolhuter on Cello and Piano...he has already reached quite a successful point in his music career...what a amazing musician!!!!
And...of course...me behind a piano...I play(in an amateur way)37 different instruments...but professionally on Djembe!!!

Bet you didn't see that one coming...hehehe

Thank you Lorraine for an awsome jam and muzo party!!!!

Music in the Genes...

So here is my little boy happily jamming away in a garage with a full band, speakers,amps, you name it!!

But this has to come from somehwere, and yes daddy is a muzo, but where duz it come from???

Thank you Gran....lol...my Gran playing piano in my garage...what an amazing pianist and muzo in her own right!!!


Creche Drumming Show

So this was done for an end of year pantomime show in MosselBay...

What an incredible day it as for me...up to this point I had only had 3 group lessons with the kids and they astounded me and their parents by a flawless show!!!!


Drumming with a creche in Mosselbay

 I got hired to do a few drumming lessons and put together a show for a Creche in MosselBay, Western Cape, for their end of year pantomime...

Because I could not obtain permission from each child's parent, I cannot name the creche involved...

The first pic is in their classroom, the second is on the stage...

I will post a video next!