from Kobi Hagoel
Our Israeli percussionist friend Kobi Hagoel is a very prolific
musician, designer, and author. He has three worthwhile products
we would like to call to your attention: his book,
an excellent custom designed darabuka, and the
CD of his group Kav Hatefer. Now
then, let's start with the book.
The Art of Middle Eastern Rhythm
the book by Kobi Hagoel
This is a comprehensive look at the hundreds of rhythms played
in the Middle Eastern region, including names, history, country
of origin and notation, with the explanations and exercises on how
to play them. Iit is written and compiled by Kobi Hagoel, and is
suitable For experts and novices alike. An all in one English, Hebrew,
German, Spanish and French 136 page hardcover version.
This amazing book contains 422 rhythms, 474 if you count the 52
warmups at the beginning, with well recorded examples of each on
the 6 CD set which is included. In our opinion, it is an absolute
must have for any serious student of Middle Eastern Percussion.
Here's what one student had to say:
"As I live in a small town in the North of
the Netherlands, far away from Amsterdam or other big cities, I
am condemned to learn to play the darbuka without a teacher. I had
help a while from a Kurdish refugee and find a lot of information
on internet and listen a lot to related music. I try to play now
for 2 years, my first "big"improvement came after buying
the video "Arabic Percussion"by Yinon Muallem, actually
a former student from Kobi."
"But since October I have [had] Kobi's book and I have the
idea that these last 3 months I progressed as much as the 2 years
before I had this book. The excercises are easy to follow and that
is exactly what brings about the progress. Just follow the lessons
(about 50) and practise, practise, practise.... Actually there are
much more lessons than these 50, because Kobi encourages you to
"copy and paste"and play first half lesson with second
half of next lesson, or a dum instead a tek, or from right to left,
to double speed and to vary the dynamics. I often find myself in
a fantastic "groove"by just practising.Amazing, thanks
to Kobi for this wonderfull teaching. The book has also a large
collection of rhythms from Greece, Turkey, Egypt and to check how
you are doing you can listen to the 6 CD's that came with the book."
Peace and drum......Jaring Huijser, GDG
Here is another detailed review
of Kobi's book at Drum Dojo.
darabuka's unique shape creates a larger range between the lower
"doum" tap and the higher "tak" sound of regular
darbukas. (a fifth above octave).
This baby is NOT to be confused with the million other cast aluminum
drums that are out there. It's a very special drum with a very accurate
- Weight 3.9 kilos (8.6 lbs.)
- Height 44 cm. (17.3")
- Remo "Renaissance" fiberskyn® 8.75" ( 22.2
Hear the difference for yourself: This darbuka is the first of
the two in this
We have not yet played Kobi's darabuka 1st hand, but we hope to
be doing so very soon.
This is a CD that stands up to repeated listenings and is fun to
play along with as well. I quote here from the description
at kobi's website:
"Kobi and fellow percussionist Tiran Bublil play the zarb,
darbuka, daf and riq, just to name a few, all local drums. The ud
or Persian lute played by Asi Givati and Amit Carmeli with the violin
of Hadas Goldschmidt-Halfon and Tiran's nay (Arab flute) playing,
make up the core of the "eastern" sound. Add the wild
improvisations of Harel Shachal on alto sax and melodica, and the
electric bass of David Otterman and Amit, with Asi's acoustic guitar
rocking away and everyone mentioned on vocals (Kobi on lead), you
get a wide variety of sounds and influences, both upbeat and relaxing,
that makes for a pleasurable and interesting CD, even through repeated
( stu: "I couldn't have said it better myself, so
i went ahead and cut and pasted it :-P")
sample 1 | Medley
Sample 2 | Medley
Kobi has this to add about the Kav
"Kav Hatefer means seam line in Hebrew and is also the term
used by Israelis for the geographical boundary between the Palestinian
and Israeli areas. Our music is a fusion of elements inspired by
the peoples and cultures of that area and of neighboring countries.
Through our trade as musicians we hope to transcend politics and
add a voice of love and harmony to this beautiful but torn-up region.
We hope you’ll join us in our thoughts and efforts.
On behalf of the band - Thanks and please check us out."