Mo'Rhythm-Africa: Djembe/Dunun Play Along App
Monette Marino, world-renowned percussionist and Founder/Director of Mo'Rhythm School of Percussion in San Diego, CA, has released a djembe / dunun play along app now available on the app store. Named "Mo'Rhythm-Africa", the app features West African rhythms and is designed to provide the user with a platform to practice individual drum parts on their real drums while listening to the other instruments of the djembe orchestra.
The app includes a selection of rhythms for practicing, the historical information on each rhythm as well as notation for each drum part. The user can select which instruments to accompany while practicing using the mute, solo, and volume controls of the mixer interface and adjust the tempo as needed without interrupting playback.
African rhythms included are: Balakulandjan, Denedon, Djole, Fe, Kuku, Moribayassa, Soliwulen, Konden, Soli (Fast), and Toro. The app includes optional video instructions (as an additional in-app purchase) presented by Monette Marino herself, showing the movement and position of the hands on the drums.
Here's what people are saying: "I have known Monette Marino since the early 90's. I was always impressed by her talent, discipline and absolute joy with which she approaches her music."
"It's ingeniously designed to make it possible (and super fun) to play along and practice to any part in several different rhythms."
"This app is a game changer. It could only have been designed by someone with the depth of experience and knowledge that Monette possesses."
"Mo'Rhythm-Africa" Play Along increases your listening and playing skills and will help you to play in sync with other instruments of the djembe orchestra, enhancing your understanding of how all the parts fit together.
Monette Marino has studied for the past 20 years with Master Drummer Mamady Keita from Guinea, West Africa. Prior to that she was deeply involved with Afro-Cuban drumming, Brazilian drumming and Korean drumming.
The app is available for iPod/iPhone/iPad and the new appleTV. Inter-app audio and Audiobus compatible. The Android version will be released in Summer 2016.
A Celebration of Life For Raul Rekow
The Rekow Family asks you to join them for a musical celebration of Raul Rekow’s life at The Great American Music Hall on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be live music, sharing of fond memories and smiles all around, Just as Raul would have wanted it.
Raul was an integral part of the Santana Band for almost 4 decades (from 1976 to 2013). Coming from the Mission District of San Francisco (the heart of Latin Rock) he worked his way up playing for Dakila, Malo and Sapo prior to joining Santana. Not only an impassioned performer, Raul was also a clinician of Latin music and drumming.
Carlos Santana had this to say on a Facebook posting recently, “We mourn the loss of my brother, Raul Rekow. He was an integral member of Santana for 34 years and the heart beat of the band. His presence on the stage was one of power, grace, collaboration and joy. He redefined what it means to be a conga player. My heart goes out to his family. Raul, may you soar in heaven in the company of your Mom and Dad.”
Over the years Raul has lent his talents to recording and performing with artists including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Tremaine Hawkins and Herbie Hancock. When off the stage with Santana, Raul also loved to perform with local groups in the Bay Area (his home), which included many of his musician fans, friends and family. He never forgot the musicians that he began with under the Golden Gate Bridge at Aquatic Park.
A Celebration of Life For Raul Rekow Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell Street San Francisco, CA 94109 Sunday – November 15, 2015 4:00 – 8:00PM
Donations for Rekow Family may be made at the Great American Music Hall on the night of the event or online at Go Fund Me
Eddie Hoh 1944-2015
Drummer Eddie ("Fast Eddie") Hoh passed away November 7 at the age of 71. Though not widely known today Hoh was a drummer noted for his style and showmanship, and he played a significant role in the early development rock, psychedelic, and country-rock styles through his work with various bands. Known mostly as a session drummer, Hoh contributed to the recording of Super Session, the 1968 release of Mike Bloomfield, Stephen Stills, and Al Kooper, that was one of the first rock "supergroups." He also played on several notable tracks for Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" period and performed with the Mamas and Papas at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. And, notably, Hoh, along with Hal Blaine, laid down tracks for Mickey Dolenz on nearly every Monkees recording.
Hoh spent the mid-'60s with the Modern Folk Quartet, an influential band with members who later joined the Lovin' Spoonful and the Turtles. Though they never achieved fame, the group had an impact on later country-rock groups such as the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and others.
L.A. Percussion Rentals New Website
LAPR was founded in 2005 by Dan and Abby Savell, husband and wife professional percussionists.
At the Company’s 10th anniversary party, the husband and wife owners revealed their new, revamped website.
This redone website is “aiming to be more of a real resource for percussion and backline,” owner Abby Savell stated. At the core, everything is databased with alternate names, so instruments are easy to find; some are cross-referenced in multiple categories, if applicable. Over thirty new instruments with photos were added and lesser-known instruments have greater description.
Another notable function of the new LAPR website is the “Sound Search,” an interactive tool which is designed for those (such as composers or orchestrators) who have a particular sound in mind, but don’t know what the instrument is that they’re looking for; the “Sound Search” allows the user to select certain qualities of instruments by material, tonality, region, timbre, and sustain, and the results are real-time displayed.
In addition, many of the instruments – notably from renowned studio percussionist Emil Richards - have links to sound clips. Rather than simply provide solo instrument, “sample” style sound clips, the Company provides links to clips of some of the instruments in context, most from film recordings. “Many of these instruments sound different depending on what beaters are used or which area of the instrument is played on; even the musical style that’s used in the example can leave a narrow impression of the instrument. We wanted to avoid the pigeonholing of sample-style sound clips, and allow a multitude of examples which allow the user to hear different applications of each instrument in different styles, and sometimes with other instruments,” said owner Dan Savell.
LAPR plans on adding more instrument sound clips in the future, but as an ongoing, communal project. Composers who have used LAPR instruments on a project will be able to submit short sound clips to have posted as examples on
Raul Rekow 1954-2015
Raul Rekow, the conguero for Carlos Santana's band for more than three decades, died today of complications from cancer. Raul was 61.
Raul worked with Santana from 1976 to 2013 and was crucial to the sound of the band. His colorful rhythms and infectious enthusiasm for the music made a lasting impression on audiences around the world, and on other drummers.
The San Francisco-born Rekow was initially self-taught. He joined the band Malo, led by Carlos Santana's brother Jorge Santa in 1972. They had a huge hit with "Suavecito." After Malo he joined Sapo, another Latin-rock band, before getting asked to jam with Carlos in 1976. Soon after he was invited to join the band. There he learned from Santana veterans such as the legendary Armando Peraza and Orestes Vilato.
Anyone who has had a chance to see one of Raul's clinics with fellow Santana alumnus Karl Perazzo in recent years knows what a special drummer he is. Their clinics had the energy of big concerts. As the Lpmusic.com site puts it "When they perform together, the duo feeds off of each other's energy and talent, resulting in a kinetic performance. Their presentations have become immensely popular because of the combination of top-notch expertise and an easy going sense of humor."
Raul and Karl Performed at DRUM!'s DrumNight in 2012 with a performance so good you felt sorry for the performers who came after them. We've got video below.