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Drumroots in Sudan at the Festival of the Nile

Early in the autumn, The British Council in Sudan asked Drumroots to be a part of The Festival of the Nile. West Africa has been so successful in popularising it's traditional music around the world and our friend from the British Council, Mustafa, wanted to use this success as an inspiring example to encourage the youth of Sudan to engage with their cultural roots. Although we knew that we would be performing and leading workshops to celebrate traditional African music, little did we know what incredible experiences were in store for us during the week ahead.

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Drumroots New Pro Djembe Range

Drumroots are excited to announce that our brand new stock of professional, African djembe drums are now available to buy. It’s been a while since we began the process of ordering our new range of djembes, but they were well worth the wait. Each drum has been skilfully crafted by our colleagues in Conakry, Guinea, using a range of African hard woods (Lenke, Hare and Djalla) and only the best quality skins, rings and rope. (more…)

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Drumroots deliver Team building drumming session for Macmillan Cancer support.

If you're organising a corporate team building event and you're trying to think of ways to keep your delegates on their toes, then we would definitely recommend taking a leaf out of Macmillan Cancer Support's book! We had great fun being accomplices in their secret plan to surprise their staff yesterday, at the conference centre of the Radisson Blu hotel in Manchester. (more…)
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Tanante to Play at SORTED party 9th January 2015

After a well-deserved X-mas break our African djembe troupe Tanante are back playing live in Manchester city centre on Friday 9th January 2015 at the awesome club night ‘SORTED party’ @ Kraack Gallery - 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DB. (more…)
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Tanante at Hexham Abbey

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, Sens Sagna, 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…)
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Tanante to Perform at Beat-Herder Festival 2014

It’s that time of year again! Beat-Herder 2014 is nearly upon us and our African drumming performance troupe ‘Tanante’ will be performing as ever in the Stumble Funk tent, this year at 9.30pm on the Sunday night. Our friends, the Stumble Funk crew have put together an awesome line up to contribute to this fantastic festival. We’re really pleased to have a Sunday evening set time and following last years well received show we can only raise the bar- we’re hard at work preparing an extra special stage show for you all with our special guest artist Sens Sagna! (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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Drumroots African Djembe Drumming Workshop with Iya Sako 7th December 2013

Drumroots are proud to announce the first in a new series of djembe and dundun classes. The sessions will be aimed at players who already have some experience and understanding of African drumming and technique. The first of these classes will be 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. (more…)
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Drumroots Provide Team Building Corporate Development Drumming Workshop for UK Sport

The Drumroots team were delighted to facilitate a team building workshop for nearly one hundred members of staff of the organisation, UK Sport. As we begin to deliver an increasing number of corporate development workshops we have noticed an ever growing demand for larger drum circles. In response to this, we have invested in many more African djembe drums so that team building sessions can be ran with much larger groups. This now means that organisations can book us to deliver corporate development workshops with even larger teams of staff, who then can reap all the benefits of playing music together and working as a team with rhythm! (more…)
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Tanante Performing at the Zombie Shack with Ibrou Soumah 2nd Nov 2013 (Video)

After a long break from performing, our troupe Tananate are back! We will be performing along with our old friend and awesome Dundun player, Ibrou Somah. Appearing at Saturday Night Alive @ The Zombie Shack (formally The Attic, under Oxford Road Station) we are being brought in to rock this increasingly popular club night. As this is a Halloween special we’re expecting the crowds to arrive on mass and we’ll be providing hypnotic, haunting and heavy rhythms for you all to lurch, thrash and freak out to. We’re all looking forward to this one and promise it’s gonna be a set to remember. See you there. (BTW, ITS FREE!!!!!!) (more…)
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