Added: West African Drumming Week Aug 12-16 at MusiCamp

Hey Junction Triangle

I just wanted to let you know that MusiCamp has added another WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING WEEK for AUG 12-16, 9 am - 4 pm with extended care available for for your creative, music-loving 8-12 year olds. There are also some spots still available for the COMPOSITION AND SONG WEEK JULY 29 - AUG 2.

THE WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING WEEK is co-hosted by special guest artist AnnA Melnikoff and her orchestra of drums - so NO DRUM NEEDED - a drum will be made available to every camper! Campers will have a chance to play the polyrhythmic accompaniment on 3 bass drums (known as dunun) and develop riffs and patterns on djembes. Focusing on rhythms that accompany rights of passage, participants will have the chance to build masks and also explore the meaning of the drums and the rhythms from the very ancient Mande tradition. (To learn more about Mande music and what we'll learn visit

COMPOSITION AND SONG WEEK: Have a song you want to sing? A story you want to tell? This week will help aspiring songwriters put their ideas to music. The week’s musical activities introduce campers to aspects of songwriting – like hooks, riffs, harmony, and rhythmic accompaniment. Other aspects – like chorus-verse format, basic chord progressions, intros and outros, rhyming and storytelling – will also be explored. By the end of the week campers will have written and/or collaborated on the creation of an original song. Kids who already have basic guitar chording are encouraged to bring their guitars. The week ends with world premiere performances of our songwriter’s compositions!

Lots more details about the camp, registration, the different weekly themes, etc. can be accessed via the blog/website