Category Archives: African Drumming Workshops
A huge thank you from Tanante and Drumroots to all involved in organising the Hexham abbey festival of music and arts last week, we had a fantastic time at the Abbey in Northumberland. We really loved the African drumming workshop for the local school children in the Afternoon, it had a fun vibe and we were particularly impressed with all the talented young people from Hexham! As for the evening concert, Tanante hugely enjoyed performing with our guest artists; Iya Sako, Sidiki Dembele, Jokeh Silla and Babba Galle Kante in such an awesome sounding and looking building, it really was pleasure to play in, and a truly amazing experience. (more…)
The Drumroots team recently enjoyed a day leading African drumming workshops at the wonderful Clifton primary school. We started the day with an interactive performance for the whole school, encouraging the audience to join in with singing and clapping. We then proceeded to work our way through each class starting with the very young children in reception.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the power of West African drumming from within one of the country’s most sacred and resonant spaces?
Time: Beginners/warm-up class – 6.30 pm -7.30 pm
Main class – 7:30 pm 9:30pm
Venue: Union Chapel, 2a Wellington Road (off Wilbraham Road), Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6EQ. View Google Map
Beginners/ Warm up class: £5 (£4 concession)
Main class: £6 (£5 Concession)
Both classes: £7 (£6 Concession)
+ £1 drum hire (or bring your own)
For details: Contact us on 0161 408 5270/ [email protected]
Beginners/ Warm-up session: These sessions will be slower paced than the main class, more focused on technique which will be ideal for beginners to learn the basics, good for experienced players wishing to further their skills in a more relaxed environment and great for advanced players to have a warm-up before the normal class starts.
Main class: Manchester longest-running West African Drumming class. This mixed-ability drop-in class is good for beginners and experienced players – and at the start of each month, we begin a new rhythm, giving participants the opportunity to learn both djembe and dun dun. We teach basic accompaniments, bass lines, arranged breaks and solo material, plus traditional African songs, working as a group towards an overall understanding of the music.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.