Michael Markus | Magbana

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by Michael Markus

A must have for all drummers. Steeped in West Africa percussion, Markus' debut album features a collection of intricately arranged, high-energy, original songs.
Genre: World: African
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Magbana
8:48 $0.99
2. Forest Music/Bao
3:54 $0.99
3. Soko
3:25 $0.99
4. Maraka Stew
2:48 $0.99
5. Kawa
7:54 $0.99
6. The Northeast
3:34 $0.99
7. Soli-Mendiani
4:08 $0.99
8. Ode to the Baga/Sorsornet
6:38 $0.99
9. Slap, Tone, Bass
1:55 $0.99
10. The Bone
3:37 $0.99
11. Konde/Sankranba Dundun/Demosoni Tutu Kelen
9:34 $0.99
12. Magbana Original
5:30 $0.99
13. Africa is Big...
0:06 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Michael Markus graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance. After graduation, he taught Afro-Cuban drumming while continuing his studies in Kung Fu, African dance, and African drumming at the Agape Institute for Movement Studies in Ithaca, New York with Maurice Haltom. He then moved to New York City where he studied with several masters from Guinea, West Africa including master drummer M'Bemba Bangoura and master dancer Yousouff Koumbassa. Michael travels yearly to Guinea, West Africa to further his knowledge with masters of the national companies Les Ballets Africains de Guinea and Ballet Djoliba. He has taught drum and dance workshops extensively on the East Coast through the Midwest to people of all ages and backgrounds. In January 2004, Michael released his debut CD Magbana. Michael is the Artistic Director of his company, Magbana Drum and Dance NYC. Michael has recorded a series of eleven educational CDs for studying rhythms of Guinea, West Africa. He is also the Director of the World Rhythm Center at the Collective, where he is also the teacher for West African percussion. Michael is currently an accompanist in the Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions at New York University.



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Doug Ziedonis

Fabulous CD - dance and trance inducing
Wonderful CD. Djembe drumming + numerous other percussion instruments are all played fantastic. The musicians all are incredible drummers and play so well together. Amazing polyrhythms. Yet each track is different and complements the others - keeping the listening interest high. Great balafon on track 8. Close your eyes and ride your trance. I am looking forward to the next CD and seeing them live!