Congolese Dance & Drum Workshop DVDs
Now you can dance with our teachers and drum with our masters any time! These DVDs are filmed during the classes taught at the Congolese Dance & Drum Workshops in California and Maui, and capture most of a single dance, drum or singing class. The emphasis is on filming the instructor (from the front!), although students do appear since it is a live recording.
Each class DVD is about 1 hour unless otherwise noted. The cost is $20 per DVD, which includes postage. We ship worldwide -- though note that our DVDs are in the American NTSC format.
How to Order: DVDs from CDDW Maui 2011
How to Order: DVDs from CDDW Maui 2010
How to Order: DVDs from CDDW California 2009
Music CDs from CDDW Artists
Mbay Louvouezo du Congo Presente Mvoula, a brilliant first album by Mbay Louvouezo, one of the Bay Area's most popular Congolese drummers. The album features vocal and musical appearances by Constant Massengo, Pierre Sandor Diabankouezi, Mohamed Kouyate and Muisi-kongo Malonga. This CD may be purchased online for $19.99 or at Congolese dance classes from Mbay Louvouezo for $15.
Simplified Congolese Songs for Students, recorded by master Congolese storyteller and choreographer Chrysogone Diangouaya, is a CD available for learning Congolese songs. It is not available online. This is a simple, a capella recording, not a performance CD, and includes a lyrics sheet with rhythm and cultural background information. The CD is US$20, and all proceeds go to Chrysogone. To request ordering information or to ask a question, please email Robin@RobinAgarwal.com.
Covered in Bees and Water Hammer by Bole Bantu, the Congolese-California band founded by Congolese patriarch Ma Boukaka, who sang the lead vocals on these CDs. Available through the Bole Bantu MySpace page.
Nzila, an amazing Congolese percussion CD by Hyacinte Massamba ($20, not available online, please email Malonga@gmail.com for info).
We Also Recommend:
Massengo, another amazing Congolese percussion CD, by Massengo Constant ($20, not available online, please email Malonga@gmail.com for info).
Mbemba, by Congolese musician Kevin Mfinka (his CDs are available through TimbukTunes, iTunes, Amazon, etc)
...and the many CDs from Tambours de Brazza, available through iTunes, Amazon etc.