Monthly Archives: October 2011

After Drumroots Live. Thanks to all involved

As the dust settles around the Platt Chapel, we able to look back at last Friday’s Drumroots Live event with satisfaction that all is done and that the event was a great success. With a descent turn out, spectacular performances and huge effort from all the bands and artists present and a very moving presentation by Aisha from Medecins sans Frontieres, we were able to build a buzzing vibe in the space whilst still remembering why we were there. With the turn out alone we have raised a fair sum but with the many raffle tickets sold we, together have surely amounted a sum that can really make a difference to some people in East Africa, Watch this space for an official amount raised and to be sent to MSF very soon when we’ve totted it all up. (more…)

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Drumroots Live! Raffle Prizes Announced; WIN FLIGHTS TO AFRICA, A PRO DJEMBE, CASE OF WINE AND MORE….

With just a week to go until Drumroots Live at Manchester’s Platt Chapel things are heating up and starting to get very exciting. The already amazing venue is waiting for us to turn it to a very special space for a one off event, the super strong line-up is unique and powerful, with a broad mix of talents and styles, we’re expecting a full turn out (so get down early for music from 6.15pm) and with a little input from ourselves and the kind work and donations of our friends in the African drumming scene, the raffle is looking so good that it’d be worth coming down to Drumroots Live for that alone!

Prizes will Include:.... (more…)

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Drumroots to the Kontaani Workshop Group: FINALLY! (Video)

This has been a long time in coming, and much looked forward to! We’ve known Marie and Debs who organise and run Kontaani for quite some time now, firstly though our workshops and the festival network, but increasingly for their massive support for what we do, attending many of our events, workshops and private lessons, but they most notably stand out for their huge enthusiasm for this music on a scale on a par with our own and it’s something we rarely see. Over all this time getting to know them, and more recently some of the other Kontaani team we’ve talked and enthused much over the idea of going along to lead a workshop at one of the regular Kontaani public workshops. Having found a date that we’re all free, last night Jamie and I travelled up to quiet and peaceful Langley Village Hall, above Macclesfield to deliver a Drumroots Djembe and Dundun workshop and to temporarily make Langley not quite so peaceful! With Marie’s worries that many of their enthusiastic regulars were unable to make it, we were expecting a fairly small class but were happily surprised to receive a room full in which there wasn’t space for many more. (more…)

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Weds 19th Oct: Drumroots return to 1st Castle Rainbows and Brownies, Northwich.

The Drumroots workshop team returned for the second time this year to the Charles Darwin Primary School, Northwich to deliver workshops with the 1st Castle Cheshire Forest Girl Guides for groups of Rainbows (Girls aged 5-7) and Brownies (age7-10). Some familiar and some new faces of the young girl guides welcomed us back (‘on popular demand!’) to lead workshops, and as before the staff leaders where friendly and interested, joining in the workshops with the girls. This group of young people (especially the younger Rainbows, some of whom we’d played with before) were exceptional at learning how to play the djembe and we were allowed to take the session to a level of playing that we normally reserve for much older children and adults. We thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and hope to return soon.

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Drumroots Live! as Part of LunaMatik Festival 2011

Drumroots are proud to announce that our upcoming Drumroots Live! (28/10/11) is now included in the LunaMatik Festival 2011. LunaMatik is the exciting all-encompassing seasonal arts, music, science and food festival happening in towns, cities and villages across the North of England from the 25th of October to the 13th of November 2011. Taking place from the New Moon to the Full Moon, guided by Planet Earth's humble satellite, LunaMatik Festival takes in the entire spectrum of creativity, from the more offbeat and creative halloween events through to ghost hunts and walks, gigs, concerts, raves, world music, dub, cookery, folk singalongs, craft workshops and art classes... (more…)

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Friday 30 September: Epworth Grange, MHA

With their oldest resident aged 104, Drumroots were in for a lively afternoon at Epworth Grange in Bury. Home to 24 elderly residents, the staff had organised an “Africa Day”, with an interactive musical morning and lunch, followed by our drum workshop mid afternoon. Drumroots had previously worked over three years with the Tree of Life Wythenshawe, where we taught weekly sessions for a small group of older people. They formed their own performance troupe and eventually ended up playing for the Major of Manchester at the Town Hall! We’d also delivered a long-term project for “Bolton Carers” at Thicketford House for people with dementia with great results.. (more…)

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Thursday 22 September: Royal Northern College of Music, Carnival

The Royal Northern College of Music realises that their students appreciate diverse musical experiences, complementing the classical style of learning on which RNCM’s reputation is built. Having worked for several years with RNCM, delivering short djembe projects for students and staff, our performance troupe Tanante were delighted to be invited to kick start the new term. The RNCM “Carnival” was a perfect place for students old and new to meet, and our rhythms added to the party atmosphere... (more…)

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Coming soon; 28/10/11 Drumroots Live! Making a Difference in East Africa

Drumroots Live! returns for a special charity event with a powerful showcase of live West African music and dance, bringing you spellbinding performances from the diverse musical traditions of Senegal, Guinea, The Gambia, and Ivory Coast. Join us and take positive action for East Africa – all proceeds to Medecins sans Frontieres.

Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) is an independent international humanitarian organisation delivering medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters in over 60 countries;   Friday 28 October, 6pm-12.30am Platt Chapel, 186, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 5LL Tickets £10 on the door. (more…)
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Africa Day Drumming and Dance at Loughborough High School for Girls.

Loughborough High School LogoReturning for the Fifth Year running we were invited back to one of our favourite schools to work at; Loughborough High School for Girls. Having been to this school for years and taught about West African history, music and culture, and then leading drumming workshops, this time we had something extra special in store for the pupils; traditional West African Dance lead by our friend and professional dancer Diene Sagna. (more…)
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