Tanante

Drumroots' spectacular African drumming performance group!

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Tanante performing at a drumming event

For any event, large or small, Drumroots can provide incredible, energetic performance. Whether you are looking for a short public demonstration, a grand finale to a day of workshops or a full blown stage show spectacular, we can cater for your needs. We are specialists in bringing the right drumming act for your event; if you need audience participation, a walking act for your carnival or to draw attention to you brand, something to get a party going or a powerful stage presence, we have it all. If you want the full works we appear the performance troupe ‘Tanante!’ 

Tanante means "Peace only!" in the Mandinka language and is the response to the greeting: "Cortanante?" to which the reply is "Tanante!"

Since 2003, the Drumroots performance group, Tanante, has performed to diverse audiences throughout the UK and beyond. Trained by master drummers in West Africa and the UK, Tanante regularly perform with Djembe folas (drumming masters) IyaSako (Guinea) and SidikiDembele (Ivory coast), high-energy Senegalese dancers, SensSagna and DieneSagna and appear with other guest African musicians playing flutes, koras (harps) and balalfons (xylophones).

Performing Djembe and Dundun drums, melodious instrument and dance; Tanante's high energy performances are incredibly exciting and invite dance and audience participation. Through their energy, abilities and spectacular showmanship Tanante have proved to be incredibly popular with delighted audiences at concerts, weddings, festivals, workshops and courses.

To book Tanante for your event, festival or celebration please go to Bookings.


What our fans say about us

Center Parks

"The night culminated in an electric set from Drumroots' performance group Tanante, who generated an amazing communal energy. It's rare to have the opportunity to be part of such quality inclusive music-making with such a diverse range of artists, but Drumroots seem to bring this out in all of their events"
Holly Marland Knowledge Transfer Manager, Royal Northern College of Music


Center Parks

"Your performance was fabulous, really energising - and created a great buzz. It was fresh, wild and highly entertaining! You lifted the stage and you got feet dancing. Congratulations on such a wonderful performance and bringing something so vibrant to our event."
Event Organiser, Mind Body & Spirit Festival


Center Parks

"Tanante were a fantastic addition to the Tree-Athlon, they played at the beginning and end of the race and their energetic drumming really urged the runners on and put a smile on everyone's faces. The group also led two workshops which were attended by lots of people of different ages and were a great success. Your music is excellent and has an infectious rhythm that engages everyone who hears it!"
Manchester Tree-Athlon Race


For more information please call us on 0161 408 5270 or email info@drumroots.org.uk To book us for a Drumroots corporate development workshop (or a Tanante performance), please go to Bookings.

Previous Performance Highlights

A summary of Tanante's performances since 2008.

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2013
Mamady Keita Weekend, Bristol
Beat Herder Festival, Lancashire
Pride Festivals, Cities Throughout the UK
Kontaani Drum Fest, Staffs
Unite Against Care Ball, Lancashire
5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Open Day, Warrington
Nandos Grill Off, Leigh
Saturday Night Alive Halloween Special, Manchester
Unite Against Care Ball, Lancashire

2012
DJ Tiesto, Birmingham
Park Life Festival, Manchester
Beat Herder Festival, Lancashire
The Co-operative Family Fun Day, Cumbria
Drumroots Live for MSF, Manchester
Kontaani Drum Weekend, Staffs
Nandos Christmas Party, Manchester
Equality and Diversity Festival, Herts
The Co-operative Group Christmas Party, Manchester

2011
Black History Month HMP Prison, Liverpool
Park Life Festival, Manchester
Beat Herder Festival, Lancs
The Co-operative Family Fun Day, Cumbria
Drum Camp, Norfolk
African Drum Village, Scotland
The Times Travel Show, Manchester

2010
African Drum Village, Scotland
Drum Camp, Suffolk
African Beats Camp, Bucks
Drumroots Live! @ The Rampant Lion
Herbal Sessions with Iya Sako & Vieux Bakayoko
Drum Music, 5th Anniversary Party, with Iya Sako & Sidiki Dembele

2009
Global Grooves, Band on the Wall
Rhythm & Grooves Festival, Hebden Bridge
African Beats Camp, Somerset
Audio Uprising, Club Academy, Manchester
One Tree Many Roots, Contact Theatre, Manchester

2008
Royal North College of Music, Manchester
Mind, Body & Spirit Festival, Manchester Central
Drumroots Live African Music Night, Manchester
Carnival Theme Party, London

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