Sankofa Song video blog – Episode #1: Weird Instruments That Don’t Suck

So all week I’ve been trying to find a few minutes to record this video. Between the roofing roofers on my right and the hammering neighbor on my left it’s been maddening pretty much impossible tricky.

This morning I saw my window of opportunity and snatched it with the quickness.

And I’m totally stoked to say Houston, we have video!

Maybe it’s because of all the extra praying for quiet watching and waiting that was involved in getting this done, but I’m especially excited to present the first official Sankofa Song video blog.

I say official because it’s actually the second video I’ve posted. The first was the oh-my-god-how-do-I-play-this-thing singing bowl video. Which I totally loved doing.

And when it comes to the wacky stuff I do some things are just way better suited for video.

So the high ninja council convened*, held a secret vote and decided that rather than make this a one-off installment of awesome, this blog would henceforth have its own series of occasional video blog posts.

(*Yes, this blog is run by a high ninja council. No, I can’t say anymore about that. Yes, they actually used the word henceforth.)

And that’s how this periodic sprinkling of ninjarificness-captured-in-moving-pictures was born.

Which brings us back to us to the first official installment in this series. A series that owes its existence to a super secret council of ninjas.

Episode #1: Weird Instruments That Don’t Suck

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16 Responses to Sankofa Song video blog – Episode #1: Weird Instruments That Don’t Suck
  1. Kathy
    September 11, 2009 | 3:43 pm

    I really love this and can’t wait for more! Have tweeted it and posted to facebook. Thanks for this. Love your delivery style too. Big smile! thanks
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Freedom and Commitment =-.

  2. Gina
    September 11, 2009 | 3:54 pm

    Love the videos, Fabeku. So glad you will be doing this regularly, if for no other reason than to showcase your brightly-colored walls! But seriously, it really does make a difference to see demos of your instruments. I am totally going to share this with my musician teens.
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..And It’s Not Just About Stuff =-.

  3. Christine Martell
    September 11, 2009 | 4:37 pm

    Let me get this straight, you recorded this morning. The video has an into, extro, titles, graphics and no mistakes.

    If I get more weird non-sucky instruments will I be able to pull that off too??????
    .-= Christine Martell´s last blog ..Walking through the landscape of time =-.

  4. Wulfie
    September 11, 2009 | 5:04 pm

    Totally non sucky video. Fun. You’re a riot. Loved the Damboy the best. More videos!

  5. Victoria Brouhard
    September 11, 2009 | 8:21 pm

    So glad you are venturing into the land of video – you have an awesome presence!

    Can’t wait to see what else you have in your collection.
    .-= Victoria Brouhard´s last blog ..Sleep Is More Important Than Self-Improvement =-.

  6. Deborah Weber
    September 11, 2009 | 8:40 pm

    Way cool! I’m glad the high ninja council voted on the creation of a series of these awesome posts. I look forward to the next one, and my ever expanding education on weird and wacky and wonderful instruments. Thanks!
    .-= Deborah Weber´s last blog .. =-.

  7. Michelle Russell
    September 11, 2009 | 10:25 pm

    Ohh, now I want a dan moi!!! But . . . do you feel the vibration in your teeth very much when you play one? They sound SO cool!

    Can’t wait to see what instruments are next in the series! And I’m wondering if I know any that you don’t, so I can surprise you.

    Doubtful. 🙂
    .-= Michelle Russell´s last blog ..Is “You’re Perfect As You Are” Just a Load of Hogwash? =-.

  8. Anna-Liza
    September 11, 2009 | 10:38 pm

    Love this! I’m so glad you’re going to do more.
    .-= Anna-Liza´s last blog ..Pollyanna Meets Fiber at the Fair =-.

  9. Katie Schroth
    September 12, 2009 | 6:05 am

    I totally enjoyed learning about a couple of instruments that were new to me. Thanks for sharing. I am about as un-musical as you can get, but I do enjoy my tezcat because not only can I make simple whistling sounds, but at times I can even manage birdlike sounds. It was so easy to play, I was thrilled.

  10. Julia
    September 12, 2009 | 7:18 pm

    That was fun! I have a kalimba that I got at Rhythm Fusion, a great drum/percussion store in Santa Cruz, CA, and I love it. Rhythm Fusion is also where I learned to love gongs! My brother-in-law is a electronic instrument nerd – he has mellotrons and therumens and all sorts of odd things that he uses as a recording engineer. It’s always cool to see the different ways people create and use sound.
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Experimental =-.

  11. Fabeku
    September 12, 2009 | 8:34 pm

    Hey taters! Thanks for checking out the video and for all of your comments. I’m totally happy to hear that you dug the video. Because I have a ton of fun doing it, and now I have another excuse to do more.

    @Kathy – Thanks again for putting this up on Facebook. I appreciate it bunches.

    @Gina – Did my walls upstage me? I’ll have to talk to my agent about this. And I hope your kids enjoyed the video of weird and wonderful instruments.

    @Christine – The credit totally goes to the whistling vessels. They’re like the Wheaties of musical instruments.

    @Wulfie – Yeah, the dan moi kind of rocks my world.

    @Victoria – Thanks. I really dig doing the videos. I never imagined I would, so it’s weird. But I do.

    @Deborah – I will pass on your gratitude to the high ninja council. They will appreciate it. They try to act tough, but they totally love any bits of appreciation they get.

    @Michelle – I don’t feel the vibration of the dan moi in my teeth much. That’s one of the reasons why I like them over other types of mouth harps. And I’m sure you know instruments that I don’t. Toss a few out, if you want.

    @Anna-Liza – Thanks for digging it. And thanks for saying so. I appreciate both.

    @Katie – Those tezcats are so cool! I’ve had them on my “must get” list, along with the fabulous quad Huilacapitzli whistle too. I think it’s so cool that you had a tezcat!

    @Julia – Kalimbas rock! They have the coolest sound. I think there’s something kind of meditative about them too. And I’ve actually heard of Rhythm Fusion. Had some friends that lived in Santa Cruz that raved about it. The theremin is so cool I don’t even know what to say about it. And the Mellotron just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That’s rad that your brother-in-law has a bunch of awesome.

    Thanks again for all of your comments. I could talk about instruments forever. You all rock the Casbah.

  12. Tatty Franey
    September 15, 2009 | 2:54 pm

    loooved this! and i love how you are wearing a Kiss T-shirt while being all nerdy and talking about sacred sound and all that 🙂 Rad!!!!
    can’t wait for more!
    oh and today my mega-awsome singing bowl arrived in the post – THANKS!
    .-= Tatty Franey´s last blog ..Global Edition #18 =-.

  13. Karin*CatMar
    September 19, 2009 | 4:13 pm

    Thanks for this great inspiring video blog. Love your instruments, especially the Peruvian ones… Can’t wait to see and hear more!
    Blessings and positive vibes from whatever source it comes :0)

  14. Diane
    November 21, 2009 | 7:26 am

    Super Kool!… I Dig it Totally!!!!..Looking forward to #2…
    Toodles…. Di_

  15. Greg
    January 27, 2010 | 9:02 am

    Hey Fabeku –

    Just discovered your site and really like your work. In fact, you could say I ‘resonate’ with what you’ve got to say!

    Do you have a nose whistle? I got one from a musician/healer from Brazil. It’s another great and weird instrument that doesn’t suck.

    In rhythm,


  16. Fabeku
    January 29, 2010 | 11:27 am

    @Greg – Hey! Thanks for the niceness about my work. I appreciate it. I just checked out your site, and really dig what you’re doing too. And I do have a nose whistle. Aren’t they awesome? Fun to play. And definitely in the weird-but-non-sucky category.

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