Monthly Archives: March 2014
Drumroots are proud to introduce our brand new stock of professional African djembe drums. Built to our exacting requirements, this range of djembes are built from a range of quality African hard woods (Lenke, Balafon and Djalla), have the very best quality skins, rings and rope, and all skilfully carved by our friends in Guinea Conakry. On this occasion, the Drumroots team were able oversee this shipment of drums on our recent travels to West Africa and before they were shipped over by our Guinean colleagues. While observing work that goes into these special instruments, we were able to input some of the finer details of our specialist requirements of carving, skinning and finishing in order to bring you the very best djembes available. Our extra work and attention to detail on this shipment of drums was certainly a sound investment of time as we feel that this is the very best set of drums that we have ever received and we are extremely excited to show them off! (more…)
We’re back for another special workshop led by African djembe master, Iya Sako from Guinea. Iya is an incredibly powerful djembe player who has an encouraging and gentle teaching style and is in high demand for concerts and performances throughout the UK. These sessions offer students the opportunity to learn at a more advanced level with not only the regular Drumroots teachers Jamie and John but with top Guinean Djembe player Iya Sako. All details can be found here.
As part of a national initiative to produce guidance and a resource to support new primary school music teachers, Drumroots were invited by the Manchester Metropolitan University to provide teaching technique and advice as part of their contribution to a collaborative project between Universities throughout the country. Our contribution to this project was to represent ‘Diversity’. Our music form is not not only ‘alternative’, but the methods and style of music education we provide are well outside the structure of what is used in mainstream curriculum, and we use a range of alternative techniques which we have developed in order to release musical potential in children and young people.
Drumroots team recently enjoyed a day at the wonderful Altringham Preparatory School for Boys. Running exceptionally large classes with children can at times be a challenge but not with this group of attentive young people! The groups of fifty odd enthusiastic and eager participants had a real buzz about them as we got into the sessions, and they gave us really excellent attention and energy. From time to time the sessions were visited by various members of school staff, including the head teacher and some of the school governors who were all drawn to space to observe the enjoyment that the children were taking from the session and the positivity and joy they were putting back in.