Interview with Heidi on the new Podcast series for PlayCajon

Very honoured to have been the first Cajon player to be interviewed on the ‘PlayCajon’ podcast series.

It was the first time I actually spoke to Paul Jennings who is a fantastic cajon player and pioneer, and we are now planning to make a video together in Jan 2016 at the NAMM show in California… EXCITING!

Life is great when you share it with people, especially if you share the same passion!

One love my peeps!

 

Customised ‘Heidi’ Cajon for Christmas

Someone I’ve never met before wrote to me and sent me this picture.

Seems they got a customised Cajon for Christmas…
I think it looks pretty cool! haha!

Customised Heidi
I’m totally speechless actually….

Say whaaaaa!!????

Hahaha perhaps I should consider adding a model like this to my range!

What do you think?

Live @ Hackney Empire Theatre with my new Band

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A shot from the show with my band on Sat in Hackney Empire. It was one of my best moments onstage ever!!

Thanks to the beautiful, super talented musicians who played with me, I’ll never forget this one.

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And a big thanks to everyone who came down and shared this special moment with us, special gracias to my cajon students.

Thank you Williams Cumberbache for arranging the night.

Thanks to Joseph Gardiner-Lowe for the photos

Tony Momrelle with Cruz Cajon

One of our Cruz Cajon endorsers (Michel Castellanos Sambrozo)¬†playing our Pro Cruz Cajon on London Live TV with the amazing Tony Momrelle ūüôā

This is the first single from his newly released album “Keep Pushing”.
The song is called “Pick Me Up”.

What are your favourite Tony Momrelle tunes?

 

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Enjoy! ūüôā

Our NEW CAJONBOX studios + New cajon courses from 17 June

FKpostersmallerWe have super exciting news! Exceptional cajon player, Heidi Joubert, and outstanding guitarist, Sebastian Diez, just opened their new Flamenco School (Cable Flamenco) in London, located in the Limehouse area E1.

If you are a Flamenco lover looking forward to awake the beat within you, this is the place to be! You will find weekly classes on Cajon, guitar and voice for all levels, imparted by Heidi Joubert and Sebastian Diez. The classes will start next week.

Check out the details of our upcoming guitar and cajon classes, starting up next week (17 June):
(you can join anytime and no need to have your own instrument for classes)

Flamenco guitar beginners classes

Flamenco guitar intermediate classes

Cajon box beginners classes

Cajon box intermediate classes

NEW Cajon box LIVE STREAMING YOUTUBE weekly classes

We will share some more details about the classes and this exciting new venture very soon!

Cajonbox/Heidi at the Musikmesse, Frankfurt

This Year Heidi visited the Musikmesse for the first time and she has some amazing stories to tell! She met and played with some of the best players in the world such as Hakim Ludin, Jorge Palomo and Claudio Spieler. She also tried all the cajon brands on the market and met with all the big manufacturers and owners of companies of all kind of percussions etc.
Next year we will be visiting the Musikmesse to display our amazing Cruz Cajon at the Cruz Cajon booth. We will be taking our entire team, as well as my band (Fernando’s Kitchen) and some of my cajon school students to join in the fun and do demonstrations on our amazing range. We are seriously looking forward to all the doors these opportunities will open for us all over the world.

 

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Next year we will be visiting the Musikmesse to display our amazing Cruz Cajon at the Cruz Cajon booth. We will be taking our entire team, as well as my band (fernando’s Kitchen) and some of my cajon school students to join in the fun and do demonstrations on our amazing range. We are seriously looking forward to all the doors these opportunities will open for us all over the world.

NEW London Cajon Classes – New course 25 March – 27 May 2014

LONDON CAJON COURSE/CLASSES

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Class Dates:

Every Tues From 25th March ‚Äď 27th May 2014

Class times:

Level 2:  Tues 7pm Р8:30pm

Course duration:

10 weeks, 15 hours, 1.5 hour each week.

Level 1:  6pm Р7pm

Course duration:

10 weeks, 10 hours, 1 hour each week

Venue:

 

The Cafe
Oxford House,
Derbyshire Street,
Bethnal Green,
London E2 6HG
Fees:

* Some classes are to be followed by a Cajon Jam, venue and times/dates to be confirmed

* timings and venue are subject to change slightly.

** Courses can be subject to be cancelled, courses will only run if there is a minimum amount of students enrolled to each course.

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Drop in fees:

£16 per class

*Please note that drop in students do not receive the weekly video lessons covering what we do in class, drop ins are subject to space availability.

To take full advantage of the lessons we strongly suggest you enrol to the entire course and attend as many lessons as possible.

This also helps the whole group learn and improve faster. Only enrolled students get 10% discount off any Cruz Cajon purchased.

Enrolment fees:

£12.50 per class (£125 per course)

Cajon hire: £3 per class (hire a cajon for the entire duration for £20)

Bring a new friend along to enrol and get 15% off enrolment

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Course descriptions:

Level 1 – A complete course covering all you need to know to get started on the cajon. This intensive course combines essential and fundamental technique, excersices and various different rhythms and grooves ranging from pop, rock, funk, blues to latin and flamenco rhythms. The course also introduces ensemble work and 1 practical class on how to apply the grooves and techniques we learnt in a live music situation with live musicians.

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Level 2 – Now that you have learnt all the fundamentals of the cajon, we will be focussing on performance, improvisation and creating music, putting what we have already learnt into practise. We will be working with other musicians, seeing how to apply the rhythms into practise in a band situation and we will specifically be focussing on a cajon and percussion ensemble piece we will perform together as a group at the end of the course.

 

TO ENROL OR DROP IN, PLEASE EMAIL US WITH YOUR FULL NAME,

INDICATING WHICH CLASS YOU WANT TO JOIN,

WHETHER YOU INTEND TO ENROL OR DROP IN AND IF YOU NEED TO HIRE A CAJON.

WRITE TO OUR London Cajon School team at londoncajonschool@gmail.com

Fernando’s Kitchen opening for Marinah (Ojos de Brujo) 11 April 2014

‘A unique fusion of Flamenco, North African and Latin sounds inspired by the vibrant streets of London.’

 

Fernando’s Kitchen supporting Marinah (Ojos de Brujo) in London 11 April 2014

We are so excited and honoured to have been asked to support Marinah from Ojos de Brujo as part of the La linea Festival, the biggest Latin music festival in the UK, we can barely contain it!!

Ojos de Brujo has been a short topping group from Spain and has played a major role in the development of Spanish rumba latin fusion music. Catch us with the full FK  band onstage (6 piece) opening the stage at our favourite venue in London, the Richmix in Bethnal green, London.

Tickets and more info:

http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/la-linea-marinah-support/

Cajon & my band in South Africa

I went on a little holiday to South Africa in December (yes, I was born and raised in that beautiful land). Although it was initially just a little holiday to catch some sun and see some family over Christmas, turns out that we ended up performing some of our music on cajon, guitar and bass on our first night in South Africa in a lovely music venue called Surf Cafe close to the beach in Plett, situated along the beautiful and renowned garden route in South Africa.11162819696_ff1cf38e48_osmaller

 

After a very sunny day on the beach, we popped in on the first night to see some live music, only to find that it was an open mike night. We wasted no time in grabbing our instruments and getting on stage, and after our first song, the night had turned into a full on¬†Fernando’s Kitchen¬†gig! The crowd was ecstatic, and we were highly surprised at their response to our music.

 

They seemed to get even more ecstatic when they found out that I was originally from South Africa, and Pretoria no less, they could not believe I could play such exotic music and most of them had never even heard of the cajon.

 

By the end of the night everyone knew well what a cajon was, and within 2 days, the entire city and 3 surrounding cities had heard about us, our music, our story and the cajon! We

were invited back to play in the venue  by the owner of the cafe (yes it was the only live music venue in the area) and we performed another 3 nights in the venue, just having fun and at times jamming with local musicians. It was so much fun! We made many new friends.

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Meanwhile, in the backpackers lodge where we were staying (robberg backpackers), even the children were fascinated

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¬†with the cajon and would not get off!!! ūüôā

 

I really loved to see the reaction of the South Africans especially because I had thought they might not enjoy my music or my drum, especially due to the Afrikaans culture. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that they loved it as much if not more than our fans here in the UK and in Europe!

 

The trip itself was more than just a great holiday, somehow (without knowing) we were in the country right as Mandela’s funeral ceremonies were going on all around the country, we were only a few hours drive from his hometown. Mandela has always inspired me and meant so so much to me, so it was a very very special thing to be back in the country right at that moment, that way I could join in with the celebrations of the nation (the Zulu’s celebrate funerals like a big party with dances and music)! I even ended up spontaneously writing a song dedicated to Mandela during one of the jam sessions we did in the Surf Cafe.

I am planning to return to South Africa this year to meet up with some stores and companies and discuss the distribution of my¬†Cruz cajon range¬†around the country. I am hoping to set up a tour for¬†Fernando’s Kitchen¬†as well so we can go and play in a few more venues in this amazing country!

Happy new year!

Dear friends! We have (almost) made it to 2014!!! So many friends dear to my heart have gone to sleep this December…Tata Madiba, Prophet Kobus Van Rensburg, Davide Lufrano Chaves. They have had a huge influence on my life, the development of my cajon and the cajon business, this very website, all my free lessons and my music and we get to continue the good work which they had begun, so that what they stood for shall not be in vain! I thank GOD for life and for the very breath in our lungs, for new mercies every morning and for loving us just as we are. Jesus is my Everything.

My motto for 2014 is…

‘NEVER LOSE YOUR SONG’ – Prophet Kobus Van Rensburg

Happy new yearFK