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Don’t play what’s there Play what’s not there

Music is what feelings sound like. And Yuvraj Sharma feels free. A narrow kachha lane from Carter Road leads you to Yuvraj’s house where the topic of conversation and silence is always music (until of course a die-hard cricket fan friend interrupts with the TV commentary).

Yuvraj is working with L’Oreal as a professional hair dresser and trainer. We could go into the details of this art of his but we’re more interested in his music. He has a real cool hairstyle with short hair in front and a small plait coming down his neck . One more thing, Yuvraj ko lambe baal dekh ke kuch kuch hota hai.

Getting back to the topic, Yuvraj is free. And his freedom translates itself in the music instrument he has chosen to play. It’s the djembe (pronounced jem bay) .

“I used to tap anything, a table, a box etc and it used to sound good. So a friend, Akshay (a voice artist), introduced me to djembe. His exact words were: tera haath kadak hai. I didn’t know much about the instrument so I searched the net and read everything there was about it.”

Yuvraj was in Pune at the time and he was advised by Akshay to go to Jasvir’s store called Awaaz and within one and a half hour of knowing the instrument, he owned it in Rs 3200. When asked why djembe, he says:

“You know the best thing about this instrument is that it can be mixed with the sounds of any breed of music:Rock, Trance, House, you name it. It is very popular in US, Germany and Amsterdam. An individual or a group of people just gather at a place and start jamming. That’s what I wanna do.”

So, after he bought his djembe, he used to practice at home. He got some much sort after advise from Jasvir. One day, Ananda (a musician) was playing djembe drums at Zenzi (a resto pub in Bandra) and Yuvraj went and asked him for some pointers. In no time, both of them started jamming together and the result was outstanding. You could spot Yuvraj and DJ Mikhail jam together at Zenzi on House music on a lucky night.

“At times I go and sit at Carter Road or at Café Coffee Day and let go. I play for the people. I want to go to New York and play at the Times Square.”, he speaks with a passion that’s liberated.

WHAT HE WANTS TO DO WITH THIS TALENT?Yuvraj feels a strong urge to develop the interest of more and more young people in this instrument. “It’s for everyone who is young. I’ll teach them for free. They should just have the interest. I’m also working on launching a website to popularise my passion for djembe.”

Yuvraj would like to add, “A djembe is a free instrument. I’d hate it if people want to make it a money making tool and play for music directors. It’s an instrument to jam with. Just chill and go crazy with your hands. Play for the people anywhere, for the fun of it.”

TO LEARN A DJEMBE:
All you need is a djembe. Yuvraj advises you to buy it only from Jasvir’s shop. Why? He is the only genuine djembe maker and exporter in India. He has learnt the art and perfected it over the years. He charges only Rs 3200 (prices vary according to the size) as compared to the horrible makes of other music stores that charge Rs 12- 14 thousand.
So guys and girls, whoever wants to pursue a passion as free as a djembe please call Yuvraj on 9819763881. Start your own gang where there are no restrictions.
You can play what you feel.

WHAT IS A DJEMBE?
Adjembe (pronounced jem bay) is a mushroom shaped drum played using hands. It originated amongst the tribals of West Africa. It was popularised by hippies and taken to the rest of the world.

It’s made out of barks of mangrove or teak wood. The skin is made out of animal skin. The rounded shape with an extended body gives it the deep bass note. With a slap, you can get a high sharp note while with a tone, which is more round, you get a balance. With a combination of “bass”, “slap” and “tone”, you create magic to any mood.

TO LISTEN TO DJEMBE:
Download these albums from the net and get tuned in:
Africanos al ataque – Banda Torera
African Drums – Surutu Kunu – Djembe solo African Song
Ghana Ethnic Music – Tribal Chants,
Drums & Songs Of Africa – African Drums, Native Chanting
Klaus van Boekel’s
Mohamed
, the 13 year old prodigy Djambe palyer
SOME MASTER DJEMBE PLAYERS
Mamady Keïta
Famoudou Konaté
Dunun
Abdouli Diakite

WHERE TO BUY A DJEMBE?
As advised earlier, rush to Jasvir’s store:
Awaaz
Clover center Basement Shop No 132,
Near West-end Theatre
Pune Camp 411001
India
email: swar-taal@hotmail.com

THOSE WHO CAN’T PLAY CAN DANCE
Having been a dancer myself, I haven’t heard a better beat to dance on. It’s instant, like a reflex action. I hate dancing with steps and properly cultured moves. This instrument doesn’t understand limitations so it’s the wildest melody to go mad with. You develop an ‘on the spot’ liking to it. Go get Djembayed!

-TOULOU

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