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Guinea Passes New Mining Code

Guinea Mines

New legislation promises to maximise revenues and tighten regulation.


Guinea’s new mining code, passed on September 9, promises to maximise the public revenues generated by foreign deposits and impose stricter regulations upon mining companies operating in the country.


The management of the country’s mining practices has been in dire need of reform for some time. Although Guinea possesses

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Picking brains of those who know...

Message: Hi my names Matthew and am interested in picking Alans brains about drumming and drum making in Guinea.


I live in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the north east of England, and have been djembe drumming for about ten years now.


I've reached a point where I want to take my drumming to another level ,and I believe to do this I will need to go to Africa.I've also repaired my own and many friends djembe's and am becoming keenly interested in carving my own from British wood.Again to do this I will have to go to Africa ,and as Guinea is widely known as the djembe centre of Africa here I am.


I am currently applying to a source of funding to travel overseas to learn best practice and new skills in my chosen field, with a view to share upon return.I am keen to talk with you about your experiences with drumming as a medium to aid therapeutic working, as I  found drumming a real benefit in connecting with myself once more after a prolonged period of drug abuse.


Hopefully ,if your interested, we can find a chance to chat via skype .


Yours  Matthew G


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Drum circle classes?

We have heard a bit about some people teaching the djembe in a 'drumcircle' kind of way. What does this mean? Well, I wasn't there but some students reported that a teacher was teaching his own techniques for djembe that weren't slaps and tones but rather just a drum hit that was a bit like a slap and a tone. Slaps and tones were thought of as somehow above the beginner drummer. What do you think of this approach for the newbie students of drumming in a drumming class? Did I explain that well enough?

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Alan's First Post

Hello World! This is our first post of the Ask The Djembefola area of our website. The name comes from my friend John Tracy about 7 or 8 years ago as we were designing our website at that time. Now, we are live! We welcome all questions and comments, within reason. It will be a self-monitored site so we expect you will use good taste when posting. It is for you and for drummers everywhere and not about me so much. Though I may stir the pot a bit...


Have fun. Share your ideas. Tell me what's happening in your drumming life and, more importantly, share it all with the community. We can ALL grow and benefit from new and old info, so let's get started!



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March 27, 2014

Today I had an experience. I came in to see if there was a foot tambourine to add to our band and left happily having spent about $100 for parts of a foot pedal and real tambourine. Alan is so knowledgable, patient, service oriented and gracious I gladly left the $ on the table and can't wait to use my new prize!


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February 2, 2014

I went to buy a drum and I was able to take my time and try them and hear Alan play them. He gave me good advice and many different options. Definetely recomend it!!!

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January 4, 2014

Ongoing classes at DrumConnection. I really grow as I attend the classes. I look at the drummer I was a few years ago, and I am thankful for how far these classes have brought me. 

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December 17, 2013

I was able to take care of many on my Christmas list; hand drums for my kids, lessons for their Dad and a tambourine for me.

Thanks for the help!!

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December 11, 2013

Everything went well. I enjoyed my visit and the store is filled with beautiful percussion instruments.

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December 6, 2013

This is an interesting shop packed full of drums and drum accessories, some limited art and textiles and jewelry and loaded with passion by the staff. John was a pleasure to talk to and shared his fascinating background in his own training and love of drumming. Very special jewel of a place!

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November 30, 2013

Alan at the drum connection made for a great drum buying experience. I told him the sound I was looking for and he quickly began demonstrating several different options he thought would work. I never felt like he was just trying to sell me something. He clearly has good quality instruments at great prices. Will definitely come back here for my next purchase.

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