Category Archives: Festivals
Drumroots support and Tanante to Perform at Mamady Keita 2013: West African Drum & Dance Weekend, 13th-14 April 2013
Drumroots are proud to announce that we will be supporting the upcoming Mamady Keita Weekend. The full weekend of workshops and performances surrounding the visit from the world’s most popular and celebrated djembe player, Mamady Keita is a huge event in the West African music scene’s calendar in this country, and all those who know and love West African drumming will be excited in making preparations for getting involved in this extra special weekend! (more…)
It’s taken a good few days to find the time to do a write up of this event, but the happy memories are as clear as yesterday as this weekend was something special. For some time, the Drumroots team have contemplated the idea of putting together a weekend away in a beautiful place, centred around West African drumming education and performance, but have never enough drive to get it together. Our friends at Kontaani, based in Macclesfield have shown us how it’s done! (more…)
We’re taking our newer and bigger group, The Beat Artistes to this year’s Parklife festival, Sunday June 10th 2012. This group, guided by Maitre Samsou, has been working hard over the winter since our debut appearance to hone and polish our highly dynamic and choreographed performance set ready for the big stage. Parklife festival attracts thousands of dance music revellers who will take an hour’s break from drum and bass, techno and dubstep to witness this awesomely powerful drumming group. Adding to this performance spectacle we’ll be joined by the incredibly clear and powerful sounds of djembe soloist Iya Sako.
Despite the slow sales of ticket at first, in the early New Year things have picked up and the Mamady Keita Weekend Workshop 2012 and evening performance at Bristol’s DMAC (Dance, Music, Arts Collective) is now confirmed! For those that don’t know, Madady Keita is the world’s most famous djembe player and teacher and we are lucky enough to have him visit the UK for a weekend of workshops this February. Furthermore, to celebrate the occasion, there will be a full evening of entertainment showcasing some of the best African drumming and dance acts in the country, including including Tolo Ko Tolo, Hamana, and our very own Tanante with Iya Sako.
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…)
Last night we delivered our first independent ‘Solo for the terrified’ workshop outside the festival circuit. The idea and title of this style of workshop was coined by the organisers of African Beats Camp festival; since then we’ve been leading them at the drumming festivals for the last few years. Observing how successful and popular they have been, and having received excellent feedback from many people who have participated; it is clear that djembe players and aspiring soloists all over the place could potentially benefit from these workshops. (more…)
We’re back from African Drum Village. I think all that attended know how tricky the weather conditions were but people’s spirits were bright as ever to make this special festival fun and memorable… (more…)
Tanante are returning to the excellent world music and percussion festival Drum Camp 2011. Not only will we be supporting Iya Sako’s workshops but we will be performing on the Saturday night at midnight with Iya Sako and Sens Sagna.
As always Tanante will be performing at our favourite party festival; Beat-Herder. Its a friendly festival of good vibes and a huge range of music and fun to be had. Tanante will be performing on Saturday night with our friends the Drum Music collective… (more…)