Ten to twenty minute songs, four hour gigs, and a permanent party feel. Drumkits built out of anything and everything, beats pilfered from the repeated rhythms of train wheels turning on the track, influences liberally borrowed from Cuba, Central Africa and Europe: the drumkit Congolese-style is a revelation to any western-schooled musician. With such a wild concoction of abstract tribal rhythms that have evolved over centuries from traditional village ceremonies into modern onstage celebrations it’s difficult to accurately pinpoint exactly what, how and why the drummers do it the way they do.
It Might Seem Like An Impossible Task
Felix began his pro career with a group called Flash Musica, a kind of informal academy for rising Congolese stars. He was spotted by the legendary singer and bandleader Kofi Olomide, whose outfit featured some of the country’s leading virtuosos.
His musical education continued in the company of one of Congo’s greatest ever drummers, Dju Dju She (from the group Victoria Eleison). Felix re-located from Congo to Cameroon, absorbing new styles and techniques all the way, and finally settled in the UK. From here, he’s travelled across Europe, Asia and Australia in the company of some of his country’s top musicians including Kanda Bongo Man.
Now he’s resident in Liverpool, completed a degree in Popular Music and Production, and focussed on bringing his professional skills and passion for his craft to teaching and training.
Time to switch from rock music’s classic beat to something contradictory. Time to break away from the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus format and experiment with a wholly different structure where the vocal portion of the performance serves as preface to an extended dance section with contrasting demands of the drummer.
Felix leads you through the basic accents, rhythms and drumfills. He splits out every part, teaches you the techniques that attach to each, and then supports you as you pull them all together to create the authentic sound of the Congo.
….. African emotions through the universal language of the drums.
…..the drumfills used to control the band and dancefloor in Congo.
….. Congolese song structure and format through live demonstrations.
….. slowed down syncopated hi-hat techniques that simplify learning.
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Learn the full repertoire of Congolese grooves and techniques without the need to transcribe and decipher confusing snare patterns in this amazing 1-hour course.
Learning new skills is easier with our innovative, interactive tools. Access on-screen notation, tablature, looping capabilities, variable tempos, and more today.
Put your new techniques into practice and Jam on recordings by the World Music Method tutors over different African grooves including Soukous, Zouk and Afrobeat.
Watch the previous masterclass and Q&A, then join the next session live and receive immediate feedback and answers from Felix Ngindu.
The bitter-sweet paradox of Congolese Rumba. Andy Morgan’s eBook details the gripping history of the countries main musical export.
Download Syran Mbenza’s tribute album to Franco Luambo Makiadi, one of Africa’s all time most influential musicians.
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Master the Congolese drums with the World Music Method.