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Middle Eastern Percussion (Darbuka) | Summer 2023


Course Information


The moment you've been waiting for is here... tickets now on sale for our Darbuka course with the renowned Louai Alhenawi! The course will introduce basic playing techniques, essential rhythms and an overview of Middle Eastern percussion.

When: Mon 26th - Fri 30th June, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Where: Room TBC

Delivery: in-person

Level: all levels welcome

The darbuka, a hand-drum common throughout the Arab cultural sphere, originated from the Middle East around 2000 years ago. A skilled player can tease a complex range of sharp and deep sounds from this goblet shaped drum. It is an easy instrument to learn and yet has a surprising emotional range. 


Meet your teacher

With Louai Alhenawi, a Syrian-born performer, teacher and composer. He specializes in the ney (Arabic flute), Arabic percussion (dabuka, daff and riqq) and Middle Eastern music. Louai studied at the eminent Damascus Conservatoire, where he also spent a year teaching, and held the position of ney soloist in the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra and the National Arabic Orchestra. Since moving to the UK in 2002 Louai has been directing Middle Eastern music and percussion workshops for all age groups and in a variety of settings, promoting Arabic music and culture in an accessible and enjoyable way.

Course Code

Darbuka Summer 23

Course Leader

Louai Alhenawi
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26/06/202330/06/20230£115.00[Read More]
26/06/202330/06/20230£90.00[Read More]