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.
It's that time of year again! Beat Herder 2013
is upon us and Tanante will be performing as ever on the Stumble Funk stage
, this year at 8pm on Saturday. 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 Saturday early 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, and also have a surprise guest artist.....! (more…)
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Tagged Andy Garvey, Anna Prince, Beat Hearder Festival, Helen Riley, Jamie Riley, John Tullo, Julia Brady, Sebastian Laybays, Stumble Funk, Tanante Performance Group, Tess Clarke
Drumroots recently enjoyed leading African drumming workshops for the nursery children of Didsbury Road Primary School.
Joining us for this special occasion was Andy Garvey an excellent djembe, dun-dun drummer and balafon (West African xylophone)
player, from our very own performance troupe, Tanante.
The enthusiastic groups of three to four year olds joined the workshops dressed in their own home made African clothes and were wearing the fantastic masks that they had made. Each child displayed amazing drumming skills through the fun activities that we lead. They especially enjoyed playing the games ‘we are the elephants’ and ‘rumble in the jungle’. (more…)
As the dust settles around the Platt Chapel, we able to look back at last Friday’s Drumroots Live event with satisfaction that all is done and that the event was a great success. With a descent turn out, spectacular performances and huge effort from all the bands and artists present and a very moving presentation by Aisha from Medecins sans Frontieres, we were able to build a buzzing vibe in the space whilst still remembering why we were there. With the turn out alone we have raised a fair sum but with the many raffle tickets sold we, together have surely amounted a sum that can really make a difference to some people in East Africa, Watch this space for an official amount raised and to be sent to MSF very soon when we’ve totted it all up. (more…)