Who doesn’t love the sound of the didgeridoo? Check out this video of the Australian outback. The large mountain structure in the video is a sacred site called Uluru in the Aboriginal language and Ayres Rock in English.
Want to make your own didgeridoo? You can find easy instructions here: http://www.dariamusic.com/make_Didg.php
Want to explore a Youtube Channel that’s dedicated to the didgeridoo? Then check out IDIDJAUSTRALIA. Here’s one of our favorites videos from that channel that shares the amazing technique of Larry Gurruwiwi also known as the Prince of Didgeridoo, an extraordinary talent and son of the famed didgeridoo craftsman, Djalu Gurruwiwi. In north-east Arnhem Land where both Larry and Djalu Gurruwiwi live, the didgeridoo is known as the ‘yirdaki’ or ‘yidaki’.
This street musician filmed in Germany has some great skills at playing the didgeridoo. In his right hand, he is using Australian clapsticks called “bilma” to keep the beat. If you’d like to learn more about bilma or find instructions on making your own, click on the link here: http://makingmulticulturalmusic.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/make-your-own-bilma-australia-clapsticks/
The popular Mexican folksong, La Cucaracha, is also a simple and fun folk dance. Here a group of adults and kids are performing the basic steps at the National Accordion Convention held in Dallas, Texas in March of 2010.
Here’s an animated, bilingual version of La Cucaracha created by DARIA. She’s left out some of the colorful original lyrics and added two verses in English. In one verse, the little cockroach becomes an expert at playing the guiro and maracas – two popular Latin American percussion instruments.
Want to hear a guiro, color one online or make and play your own version? Check out this link for lots of guiro-related fun: http://www.dariamusic.com/guiro.php
This short video from Peru shows a young girl playing the basic rhythms on an instrument called the “quijada” made from the jawbone of a donkey. Often used in Afro-Peruvian music, the word quijada means jawbone in Spanish. You can learn more about this instrument and find a homemade version of this unique instrument at the Making Multicultural Music blog.
Here the trio “NEGRO MENDES” play a rhythm called a festejo on traditional instruments from Afro-Peruvian culture. The instrument on the right is a donkey’s jawbone – called a quijada, the small box is a cajita and the large box is called a cajón.
A three-necked guitar – and someone who can play it? Clearly the musician and the instrument builder have combined many different world culture traditions in making and playing this creation which is plucked, strummed and even bowed at times! Truly unique!
Let’s protect the creatures of our oceans! No matter where you live on the earth, you can play an important role in caring for the wildlife of the water – like the dolphins, whales and manatees you can see in this video.
Check out this beautiful dance performed by Antonina Gvozdeva from the ensemble. Theatre Tarang. You can see and hear her Indian style ankle bells as she performs. You can craft a pair of your own ankle bells by visiting Daria’s Making Multicultural Music blog post on it here.
Antonina is performing a dance from the film KOHINOOR. The song is sung by Indian Singer Shri Mohammad Rafi.