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Drumroots Team Building and Corporate Development Workshops PromoVideo

Drumroots specialises in a range of African drumming workshops including corporate development and team building events sessions. Our team building sessions are designed to encourage groups of colleagues, new or old to integrate and more closely together using rhythm. The workshops can be tailored to suit a specific event or timetable to suit your conference of annual general meeting, and we can run workshops of over one hundred participants. We have run workshops for many organisations, such as the NHS, UK Sport and Centre Parks, all of whom have had an excellent experience and given us glowing feedback. Get in touch for more information or for a quote. (more…)
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Drumroots Perform for NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2014

Last month, the Drumroots team were invited to deliver a West African music performance at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2014, hosted at the Manchester Central by NHS England. This prestigious event was to showcase and celebrate improvement in healthcare in this country and as a convergence of people at the cutting edge of innovative health care, and who have dedicated their careers to quality patient care.  (more…)
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Sidiki Dembele Workshop @ Z Arts 3rd May 2014 (Video)

Following on from the success of our recent weekend workshops, Drumroots is pleased to announce we will be running a workshop for our friend, collaborator and awesome djembe teacher, Sidiki Dembele. Sidiki, from the Ivory Coast is one of the country’s top djembe players, regularly appearing not only with our own performance group Tanante but with other groups country and worldwide, including the mighty Ballet Nimba. Sidiki is an outstanding performer whose energy and charisma is clear to see in his unique teaching style contributing to the excellent reputation of his renowned and exciting workshops. (more…)
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Iya Sako Workshop @ Z-Arts 19th April 2014 (Video)

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 have become popular and well attended regular workshops at the Z Arts centre, Manchester. Iya’s unique, patient and encouraging teaching style allows djembe and dundun players of all levels to gain a huge amount of enjoyment and fun from the workshops whilst all being adequately pushed through their paces every time. (more…)
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New Tanante Demo 2014 Tracks are Now Online

It’s been a long time since we put some new studio recordings out there and these ones have been ‘in the can’ for quite some time, but finally we are pleased to release three brand new Tanante demo tracks for 2014. The three tracks; Mendiani, Djaa and Dununba, were first recorded over two years ago with our techno man and studio wizard Andy Garvey. In the first session, Tananate along with special guest artists Iya Sako, Sidiki Dembele and Baba Galle laid down live tracks, which we then more recently added the vocals to and finally mixed them down, all at Studio Z (Z Arts Centre). (more…)
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New 2014 Drumroots Professional African Djembe Drums For Sale

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…)
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Iya Sako African Drumming Workshop at Z Arts: 29th March 2014 (Video)

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. (more…)
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Drumroots Provide Teacher Training for Manchester Metropolitan University (Video)

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. (more…)
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Druroots African Djembe Workshops at Altringham Preparatory School

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. (more…)
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Drumroots Workshops with Iya Sako at Z-Arts Manchester: 15th Feb 2014

After the great success of our recent workshop, led by djembe player Iya Sako, we are back for the next installment.  Iya will return to The Z-Arts Centre in Manchester to be supported by the Drumroots team for a special African Djembe and Dundun class. For those who weren’t at the last workshop or who have never attended an Iya Sako workshop, you really need to come along this time! Iya one of the country’s top African drummers, and also is an encouraging and inspiring teacher. (more…)
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