About David Day and Jabba Jabba Jembe
Hello my name is David Day I am a musician from Athy in County Kildare. My first instrument to take up was Guitar in my teenage years, I discovered the Jembe and west african drumming when I had finished school and moved to Dublin.
The Jembe sparked a huge interest for me in ethnic drumming and world music which in turn made me aware of the huge selection of Interesting Percussion instruments and Drums in the world.
I have since been studying African and World Drumming for over 10 years through independent travel and study tours and workshops here at home in Ireland and also while travelling in Europe, the US, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Ghana, West Africa.
I have been very fortunate over the years to have the opportunity to learn from some of the finest musicians in these countries and spend time on study tours developing my knowledge and understanding of the jembe and various other world percussion instruments in there natural environment...
In Ireland I perform with Wassa Wassa a Dublin based group showcasing music, song and dance from west Africa. I also enjoy playing with other genres of music including Irish trad, funk, reggae, folk and blues..
Its hard to briefly explain how Jabba Jabba Jembe started out...
In the beginning it all started out with me giving some Drum workshops to a local youth group who i've been a member of since i was 14. These years attending the youth center and eventually progressing into an adult leader gave me a huge amount of experience and knowledge of group dynamics and communication skills which are necessary for working successfully in and with groups.
After some time I found more and more interest in my workshops and drum circles, with an increasing range of groups participating and having events. This new experience of working with many different types of people and groups gave me the opportunity to design workshops and Drum Circles which I could tailor to suit all groups..
In 2005, I started the Trip to Africa program, this was an event which included Okoe Ardyfio and Simon Annoh two master drummers from the Academy of African Music and Arts in Ghana.. I had spent many months in Ghana studying Kpanlogo the traditional drum of this region and also the Jembe drum with them and there group Akrowa.
The Idea behind the "trip to Africa program" was to transform a venue in Ireland into an area filled with music song and dance from Africa , all of this was created by the participants of the workshops and the visiting musicians who are well experienced at working within various groups in many different settings, these sessions would take people on a musical journey, participants can enjoy meeting the visiting musicians and having the opportunity to play music with them in there school or office, or hospital or where ever they may be.
It was my wish to invite these musicians to visit Ireland and allow them the opportunity to showcase there music and give workshops on percussion and dance. The aim of these events was to promote cultural awareness through workshops and performances with African musicians while providing an enjoyable, energetic and fun insight into Drums, Percussion, Song and Dance from West Africa.
This Program of events was very successful and proved to be extremely popular with all the groups we had visited over 3 years many of whom now have annual events. I am very proud to say that some of the schools who I have worked with for several years now have there own instruments.. These school now include percussion sessions into there weekly activities in school. Some of the groups perform arrangements and song I have thought them and also pieces which they have arranged and composed themselves..
This is an event with Thomas Annang from Ghana West Africa.
It is my belief that Drumming and playing Rhythms in a group has a profound effect on people of all ages and Drumming has huge benefit for the Health and Well Being of all who play.
To get in touch with David, you can email him directly at email@example.com or call (353) 087 240 4442