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2014

[April 13]

At last I have made an update to the Notation Playback freeware and all of the notation playback services at this website. It is an online community based service called the Djembe Notation Exchange Team (Djembe N.E.T.) Check it out by clicking the link and try it on for size!


2012

[February 9]

I have just updated the audio playback functions of the Notation Playback Rhythm Exchange section of this site. All the rhythms are now playable in modern browsers like Explorer 9, Firefox 7, Chrome 13 or later.

2008

[March 21]

I'm now starting a complete makover of the website, and the first thing to be replaced is the old menu (which didn't work with Firefox browsers). The new menu is based on CSS coding and should work with all modern browsers. (Please alert me if you have any problems with it!)


2006

[February 23]

After having focused entirely on my domestic business (www.djembe.se) for a couple of years, I am now redirecting some of my attention back to the international scene.

My website www.djembe.net has always had a top ranking with the search engines,
and I am now opening up for djembe related advertising on my web pages. This policy change is due to the fact that the increased average display size has made it possible to include ads on a page without compromising the original page layout.


2004

[September 1]

Someone is sending virus email stating <lennart.hallstrom@djembe.net> or <anyname@djembe.net> as the sender. I am of course NOT sending such mail,
NOR is it sent from my computer by means of a virus infection.

Most people should know that I usually never send email from that address except when I´m answering mail. Instead, this is probably what is happening:

Someone has noticed that my website "www.djembe.net" is well known and much referred to. Therefore, any email seemingly sent in my name would appear serious, and an attachment is more likely to be opened - which would activate any enclosed virus.

Anybody who is capable of programming automated spamming code can do this, i.e. state ANY email address as the sender of such email. This kind of faking is similar to ordering something from a website using someone else´s name and email address.

I have recently not only got such mail from "myself", but also from other well known people in the global djembe community who have published rhythm notation on their websites. Maybe someone is trying to give us a bad name by doing this, or maybe it is just a coincidence.

Either way, you should beware of any mail from my mail adress and from any name attached to "@djembe.net" (unless it is an answer to a mail that you have sent me).


2004

[June 25]

I will be on tour this summer from June 25 to August 15 and only attend business when passing through Stockholm. If you order anything during this period, be prepared to wait up to two weeks for order confirmation and shipment.


2003

[July 31]

The Swedish pages at www.djembe.net has now been moved to www.djembe.se . www.djembe.net will be in English only and www.djembe.se will be in Swedish only.

This is due to my expanding activities in Sweden and the opening of my very own djembe shop/lecture hall/recording studio called the DJEMBE CENTER.

There will, of course, be reciprocal links and references at both websites.


[March 7] (Swedish news only)

Att välja trumlärare är inte alltid så lätt, men nu får du tips och råd på denna hemsida:
Besök den nya sidan med titeln "Att välja trumlärare".

Samtidigt har jag tagit bort sidan "Trumkurser i Stockholm" eftersom alla som vill kan annonsera och läsa om aktuella trumkurser i Djembe-Nytt sedan länge.


[February 15] (Swedish news only)

Jag har äntligen fått utrymme att ta hand om trumreparationer och skinnbyten, och kommer även att ha skinnbytarkurser då och då. Jag säljer även lösa skinn till den som klarar av att byta skinn utan hjälp. Besök den nya Skinnbytarsidan med detaljerad information om allt detta.


[February 12] (Swedish news only)

Nu kan du följa vårens trumkurser på denna hemsida: Varje kurs har en egen sida med fortlöpande beskrivning av vad vi gör under kursen, med hänvisningar till noter och ljudexempel från rytmerna vi spelar vid varje kurstillfälle. Gå till Trumkurssidan och klicka på länkarna "Nyb" eller "Forts" under respektive skola.


2002

[December 8] (Swedish news only)

Vårens trumkurser är nu schemalagda och höstens kurser håller på att avslutas.
Läs vad kursdeltagarna tyckte om de olika trumkurserna och vad de lärde sig,
och se vilka dagar och tider som gäller för motsvarande trumkurser under våren.


[December 8]

This website has accidentally been offline for two days, due to a mistake made by
either the registrator of my domain name or my internet provider.
One of them will lose a customer as soon as I have found out what has happened...

[December 1]

I have moved to a much bigger apartment in the southern part of Stockholm, where I
will be able to have my business as well as my home. My new address is:

Skarpnäcks Allé 60
SE-128 33 Stockholm


[August 14] (Swedish news only)

Jag har tillsammans med Bendoula AB och Zinzani Cultural Centre inlett ett omfattande samarbete under namnet "Kulturmöten med Afrikanska trummor".


[May 27] (Swedish news only)

Höstens trumkurser är nu schemalagda och vårens kurser har just slutat.
Läs vad kursdeltagarna tyckte om de olika trumkurserna och vad de lärde sig,
och se vilka dagar och tider som gäller för motsvarande trumkurser i höst.


[May 26] (Swedish news only)

Nu kan du för första gången se bilder på trumgruppen Drums 4 Dance som jag bildade i vintras för att spela på dansfester och diskotek. Klicka här!


[February 6] (Swedish news only)

Jag sätter snart igång med trumkurser på ännu ett ställe: Gym för Själen, ett nystartat koncept för ett bättre liv, som du kan läsa mer om på deras hemsida. Mina trumkurser kan du som vanligt även hitta på min trumkurssida: Klicka här!


[January 29]

Are you among the more than 4000 visitors who have downloaded the Notation Playback Freeware? A few of those have had a small problem with a "Program" window opening when the computer starts. The solution is on the FAQ-page.


[January 28]

What browser and operating system do you use right now?
Have a look at some statistics and compare it to your own system.


[January 27]

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT: You can now pay by credit and debit card (see below).

PAYPAL ONLINE PAYMENT: No more payment processing fees for international
payments! By using PayPal, the world's largest online payment service, you can
pay with a credit card or checking account at no extra cost. ( See Order pages )


[January 9] (Swedish news only)

Jag har nu lagt ut bilder och info om mina utvalda återförsäljare i Stockholm.
Gör gärna ett besök hos dem om du inte redan gjort det!

Jag har även gjort nyhetsbreven i webbtidningen Djembe-Nytt mer överskådliga.
Kolla själv! ("Läs de senaste!")


[January 1 - 2002]

FREE SHIPMENT: From now on you don´t have to pay for shipping when you order from this website.

CD SET $ 75: If you want the whole Practice CD Set cheaper, you can buy the CD version of the Study Guide in which all 10 Pracice CDs are included after the notation section in the back of the book.

EURO PRICES: All prices on this site are now in EURO as well as US $.


2001

[December 23]

Great news for Mac users! The Djembe Font is now available as a MacIntosh font.
It was generously provided by Matthew Bird, along with elaborate PDF versions the Djembe Font Legend. Download the Mac font today from the Font Download page.


[December 13] (Swedish news only)

Mina nya trumkurser under våren kan du nu läsa om på Trumkurssidan.
Nytt är bland annat en 1-årig djembeutbildning i samarbete med Kulturama.
Du kan även läsa vad deltagarna själva tyckte om mina senaste trumkurser.


[December 4] (Swedish news only)

Man kan nu lägga till en bild till sin text i nyhetsbrevet Djembe-Nytt.
Bilden kommer dock bara att visas i webbtidningen, inte i själva epostutskicket.
I utskicket meddelas endast om bild finns, och en hänvisning till webbtidningen.


[October 21]

For those who are not familiar with all terms used on this site, I have published the glossary of the textbook African Drum Rhythms. You will find it on the About menu.


[September 16]

As a complement to my instructional books and CDs for djembe ensembles, I am now presenting an instructional book with two CDs for Ghanaian drums called AKWABAA - Rhythms Across Ghana, by Stephan Skov and Samuel Papa Kwamina Takyl. You will find it on the Books menu of this site, or by simply clicking on the title above.


[September 6] (Swedish news only)

Trumkurs även på onsdagar! På grund av för många deltagare på måndagskursen blir det även en trumkurs för nybörjare på onsdagar kl 19-21, också den under 7 veckor.
Se vidare i mitt kursprogram för alla detaljer.


[August 26] (Swedish news only)

Nu kan du köpa djembetrummor av landets främsta importörer och tillverkare genom mig. Kom till mina kurser eller prova-på-kvällar och pröva hela sortimentet!
Du kan själv se alla trummor som finns att välja på just nu genom att klicka här.
I mitt kursprogram ser du sedan vilka tider du kan komma. Välkommen!


[July 11] (Swedish news only)

Djembe-Nytt är ett nyhetsbrev/epostlista/webbtidning för afrikanska trummor och dans i Sverige. Du kan prenumerera, läsa de senaste nyhetsbreven eller göra egna utskick från Djembe-Nytt.


[May 19]

Instructions on how to make the Notation Playback freeware work on a Windows2000 computer has been added to the NP FAQ.


[May 3] (Swedish news only)

Från och med hösten kommer jag åter att hålla trumkurser som är öppna för alla.
Om du vill hålla dig informerad så kan du lämna din e-postadress för att få aktuell information om mina kommande kurser.


[March 26]

I have just made an interactive djembe links resource guide at www.djembe.org,
which will eventually replace the links pages on this site.


[January 9]

Good news for international customers outside of USA: Make your bank deposit in Swedish currency (SEK), and I won´t bill you any payment processing charge!


2000

[August 13] (Swedish news only!)

Dans-kalendariet är nu uppdaterat med höstens kursprogram.

Nya upplagor av läroboken Afrikanska trumrytmer och Studiehandledningen är klara!
I läroboken ingår nu 3 st exempel-CD med individuella spår för varje övning i boken.
Tillsammans innehåller de nästan 300 spår och har nära 3 timmars speltid.
Priset för läroboken är oförändrat 450:- inklusive moms.

De utgående upplagorna säljs nu till reducerat pris (se Beställningsformuläret):
300:- (inkl moms) för Lärobok med CD och 60:- (inkl moms) för Studiehandledning.


[July 21]

I have added a page to the CDs section, describing How To Use Practice CDs at All Levels. It will tell you just that and is intended for those who order the Caseless CDs, which do not hold this information.


[June 22]

If you are a Mac user or use an old browser, you will probably get no sound from playing back the online notation (see June 15). For now, I have no solution to this, apart from providing your browser with the LiveAudio plug-in that is included as default sound control in Netscape Navigator (since version 3).


[June 15]

Notation Playback 2.2 Upgrade Released Today!

New - Audible - Notation Playback Rhythm Exchange!

The major work of making all notation of the NP Rhythm Exchange audible is finally finished, along with a new release of the Notation Playback program that will make it incredibly easy to Import and Export the notated rhythms: Copy and Paste!

If you are an NP user, you can download the upgrade right away. The full version will take yet a few days to complete, and I also want to wait for any bug reports from the upgrade users before I launch it.

All of the rhythms at the S.H.A.R.E. site will gradually be added to the new Notation Playback Rhythm Exchange. This will eventually make the S.H.A.R.E. site quite redundant and it will be phased out when all rhythms have been transfered, while the new Rhythm Exchange will continue to develop and grow.


[May 20]

Well, this very page is the latest news at www.djembe.net - it will hopefully make it easier for you to keep track of any new items or features on this website in the future.

About the new starting page:

If you have a recent version of Internet Explorer, you should have no problems with the added animation and sound features on the starting page. If you are using Netscape Navigator, however, you will not be able to enjoy the rhythm for more than one period, due to the substandard loop handling in all NN versions (they all add silence between loops instead of playing them seamlessly, so I chose to disable looping alltogether).

I really do hope you are able to view the (semi-) animated dancer, who will start dancing as the rhythms begins when you move the mouse pointer over any of the pictures of me drumming. This whole setting is an attempt to illustrate the view that I am so used to from playing for dance classes: a dancer in focus right in front of me, fellow drummers in the corners of my eyes and the top of my djembe in the foreground.

That is truly the essence of drumming for me!

/ Lennart


 
      

 

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Phone +46-(0)8-612 17 82  ·  lennart.hallstrom@djembe.net  ·  Cell +46-(0)70-725 42 63


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