I was going to meet Aske mainly because off his hobby, he wrote on his profile that he plays West Africa music and I was curious what kind of person he is. To tell the truth, I expected typical person who’s only passion in the world is music and nothing else interest him in life. Well, like always, the world said to me not to make illusions and stereotypes about another person just according to his web page. Because Aske appeared to be fantastic friendly, communicative, funny, one of the most interesting persons I’ve met in Aarhus. I discovered so much from him just in one hour.
Aske is 25, he studies comparative literature at university, that was great unexpected surprise for me. I was looking for his advice what to read from Danish authors, and he suggested one of the famous ones Karen Blixen (her alias is Isak Dinesen), I am looking forward now to read her “Seven gothic tales” and “Out of Africa”.
Also he advised to read works of Søren Kierkegaard, philosopher, poet and religious author. It is 200 years since the day he was born and in Denmark there are a lot of events dedicated to his memory.
The main topic of our conversation was, of course, music. He plays on special African drum called djembe. He got acquainted with this instrument about 10 years ago on music lesson and since then try to improve his skills playing traditional West African music.
Because of self development Aske decided to go to motherland of this music direction, to Senegal. He lived there for 3 month in his friend’s family. It is traditional African family, where the head of the family has 3 wives, a lot of children and grandchildren, so for Aske it was fantastic culture experience, he was part of the family, one of the friend’s brother has a band, so Aske was part of this band, playing traditional music on weddings and other events. Then he spend another 3 month travelling in Mali.
Now he is playing in 3 different bands, mostly they play traditional African music with some modern elements, they invent new melodies and play concerts, now there is increase of interest to folk music of different countries, people want something special and individual. In band Satori Boost and Djala (djala.bandcamp.com) he plays about 2 years, and in third, where they play mandigue music with dance elements, already 10 years.
In the end we talked a bit about couchsurfing and his travelling plans. For Aske couchsurfing it is just another way of travel experience, that we can have from the guide books or just staying in hotels, it is good way to get know culture and locals. He plans to go next year to Morocco to Gnawa festival of traditional Moroccan music, also he is planning to live several month in Scotland during his Erasmus studies and in the summer time he wants to go to romantic trip with his girlfriend to Budapesht.