|Enjoy a life-enriching adventure you will never forget !
A "celebration of life" awaits you when you participate in any of our Cultural Festival Tours, by which you can gain contact with the people of Nigeria that no 'ordinary' trip can not afford.
West African coastal country,Nigeria offers welcoming villages, a busy
capital packed with markets, amazingisland beaches, and a musically-rich
culture esteemed all over the world
.No matter what your level is, you are invited to join us this year All
drum/dance classes will take place in Iseyin 3 home cooked African meals
will be serve daily.
Accommodations will be very simple. While in Africa you will live like
an African with an African family in an African community This will give
you a chance to really understand and get to know the culture on a deeper
level. three meals per day accommodation in the lush village of Iseyin,
students will have opportunities to attend DDK, Sakara-by-Moonlight- performances.
Students are responsible for return airfare to and from
Lagos, visas and all necessary vaccinations. Once a
student is registered, a confirmation letter will be
One half the fee is required upon registration with the
balance due one month prior to departure.
The music of more than 20 instruments, and dozens of songs
and dances of the West
African people are presented by master artists through
traditional celebrations, and group/private instruction.
Here is the pricing breakdown.
Fees are $1,400,00 CAD [$1,100 USD] (180,.000Yen)180,000Euro for 2 weeks
OR $2,200 CAD [$1,700 USD](243.000 Yen)240,000 Euro for 3 weeks, and include:daily
workshops in drum or dance, Mon - Thur
three meals per day
All of our programs are
catered to the level of each student and reinforced
through explanations and
interpretations by DDK.
WHAT YOU NEED
Nigerian Visitors Visa
Yellow Fever Vaccination Required (Others recommended) and
Small backpack and at least the following, all of which
should fit on your body or
inside your pack.
Remember, be comfortable, prepared and mobile
Comfortable/durable walking shoes and sandals
Clothing for hot, dry days and cool evenings, also dance
Blanket or light sleeping bag (easily portable)
Water filter and bottle
Basic first-aid including insect repellent
Emergency contact card
Any necessary medical information
|Road Travel: All of your travel within Nigeria is provided
in air-conditioned cars and vans. You schedule your travel to suit your needs
(please keep in mind that all travel between cities should be done in daylight).
Nigeria can be daunting to a newcomer, so Dabi and his staff will be happy to
accompany you as you shop, run errands, visit museums or just wander about the
Cost and Payment: The basic cost of a two week
tour including room, board and all transportation within Nigeria and a guide or
teacher is $1000 per person. Shorter visits, longer visits and group rates can
all be negotiated.
General Notes on Travel in
Communication: You will always be reachable by mobile telephone. Telephone service is
expensive in Nigeria, however, and we suggest that you arrange to have
people call you, or take advantage of the internet telephone services in
Lagos,Iseyin. and Abuja. Oddly enough, a call to the US,Japan,Canada,Australia
through the Voice Over Internet Protocol normally costs 30 naira a minute,
while phone calls within Nigeria cost 40 naira per minute. Internet service
is available in cafes for $2-3 per hour.
Money: At this writing, one dollar is equal to 137 naira.
The currency floats, and you can change dollars either at bureaux de change or
at occasional informal currency markets.
Remember that credit cards
should not be used in Nigeria. You should bring enough cash to pay for any
shopping or excursions you might wish. With advance notice you can arrange to
deposit money in the US,Canada,Japan,Britain,Australia and have it available in
naira when you arrive in Nigeria. As the Nigerian currency is bulky (the largest
denomination is equivalent to about $3.50) you may wish to draw on these
accounts in small quantities.
Medical Care: Consult your personal
physician before planning a visit to Nigeria. Malaria is endemic in Nigeria,
and malaria prophylaxis can only be taken under the supervision of a physician
acquainted with your medical history.
Security: As you prepare
for your journey, friends and acquaintances may look at you like you are crazy
for planning a visit to Nigeria. Nigeria has a fearsome reputation, and we have
to admit that reputation is not entirely undeserved. We don't want to minimize
the difficulties of living and traveling in Nigeria, and we urge you to read
advisories on travel to Nigeria from the US State Department or the British
Foreign Office before you decide to come.
Clothing: You should
bring casual, comfortable clothing with you. Dress for women is somewhat more
modest than in the US, and shorts and halter tops should be avoided. Most
visitors end up buying African clothes, and these are appropriate for any
occasion in Nigeria.
Travel Arrangements: DDK°«s associates in the US
,Canada,Japan,Australia,Britain will be in touch with you by email or telephone
to assist you in planning your visit to Nigeria. Dabi and colleagues in Nigeria
want to know what your particular interests might be; let them know if there are
any places or any people you are anxious to see.
Visit: Nigeria doesn't have the four seasons of the higher latitudes, but
the weather patterns are pronounced enough to make some months better than
others for a visit. The big rains come from late April through early July, and
the heavy downpours make travel difficult. July through September are the best
months for a visit, when cool breezes and occasional rains drop the temperatures
throughout the country (you may even want to bring a long sleeve shirt to
Iseyin). The °»little rains°… come from September through early November, another
good time to see Nigeria. In December and January high winds blowing across the
Sahara - °»the harmattan°… -bring clouds of dust that block the sun and drop the
temperatures, but some people find the dust irritates asthma or other bronchial
problems, and the dust casts a yellowish pallor over everything that is
aesthetically unattractive. The temperatures begin to rise in January, and
March/April are the warmest months in
Ia. Dundun Drumming and Drum Poetry
Recitation with free accommodation and free
transportation from Lagos airport to the venue of the workshop Minimum period of
stay: 4 Weeks
Ib. Bata Drumming and
Poetry Recitation with free accommodation and
free transportation to and from Lagos airport to the venue of the workshop.
Minimum period of stay: 4 Week
Fee: $1000 or144,000Yen Euro 900 (payable on arrival)
During this year°«s programme, emphasis shall be
placed on the general Yoruba basic rhythms for all
traditional Yoruba ensemble pieces. Also, another important element in Yoruba
music which is the Drum Poetry shall be introduced
with the hope that the students will be equipped with enough repertoire pieces
during performances. The two most important Yoruba Music Traditions, i.e. Bata and Dundun shall be taught
(Student to select one).
YORUBA (African) DRUMMING AND
Interested musicians, especially
percussionists (professionals and beginners) are invited to participate in our
2005 Yoruba Drumming and Drum-making workshops
scheduled to run through three seasons:
- i. Festival season: Monday May 02 to Saturday June
- ii. Festival season: Monday July 04 to Saturday
- iii. Harmattan season: Monday November 07 to
Saturday December 1
Participants are free to choose the season(s) that is
most suitable. Each Participant shall be afforded the opportunity of observing
and possibly participating in the festival events during the Festival seasons while the participants in the Harmattan season shall enjoy the unique Harmattan weather:
sunny, dry with mild and cool trade wind blowing from the northwest of Africa.
It is a pleasant season.
As soon as you claim your luggage and clear customs, Dabi's staff take you to his home in the heart of Lagos "Surulere". There, you can browse the art of Lagosians , or see some of the documentaries that have been made about Nigerian culture. While in Lagos, you might want to see the spectacular collection of traditional sculptures and carving in the National Museum, or visit the National Gallery to acquaint yourself with some of the country's modern masters. Visit bookstores to buy Nigerian novels or histories or special works on cultural topics (the country has an active publishing industry).
You will discover a city far more welcoming than the ferocious Lagos of modern myth. Itis a Third World megalopolis, all right, and even Dabi's authority can't make traffic jams disappear or the electrical system function. No one would ever use words like £ūleasant or relaxing in reference to the commercial capital of West Africa, but Lagos is a lively, chaotic, fast-moving city. Your Lagos stay can be as long or as brief as you like. Don't be surprised, though, if you leave Nigeria with a certain fondness and respect for Lagos.
Iseyin,home of "Aso-oke"(Hand woven traditional outfits), large agricultural town in southwestern Nigeria,located in Oyo State. Food crops include plantains,cassava, yams, maize (corn), peanuts, okra, and peppers.Dwarf cattle, goats, sheep, and poultry are kept aslivestock. Tobacco, cotton, and vegetable dyes are among the important cash crops.Iseyin is a center for cotton spinning, weaving, and dyeing,and also for metalworking.It is connected to Oyo and Abeokuta by road.Iseyin was regarded as a stronghold pillar of Yorubaland by the mid-19th century.In 1893 Iseyin came under British control. Population (1995) 211,800.
Nigeria's new capital is an attractive modern city set in the middle of the country. It is too new to have developed a flavor or personality of its own; it offers none of the excitement of Lagos, but it also frees you from the traffic problems that plague the commercial capital. You may choose to arrive in Nigeria at the small and quiet international airport at Abuja.