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Thanks from Drumroots for the Mamady Keita 2013 Weekend (Video)

A belated, but nevertheless massive thank you from Drumroots and Tanante to all involved in organizing the Mamady Keita Weekend 2013, last month. We had an awesome time at the event, really enjoyed being there and both supporting Iya Sako’s workshops and participating in Mamdy Keita’s. There was an ace vibe at the venue and it was excellent to see lots of old friendly faces that we haven’t seen for a while.
As for the evening’s entertainment; sadly we didn’t get to see much of the other acts, but Tanante with Iya Sako and Sens Sagna hugely enjoyed performing for you all. Thanks to everybody present who cheered, clapped and danced to our music, and a massive thanks to our friends who joined us on stage for the end of our set. (more…)

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Drumroots Workshops & Tanante performance for unity day at North Hertfordshire College

North Hartfordshire College is holding a free event to celebrate diversity in the community on Wednesday 13th February at the Stevenage Centre. We are proud to be a part of this fantastic community event and will be running three hour long African Djembe drumming workshops for all ages and abilities from 1pm until 4pm.

At the college there will be a chance to experience the multimedia art exhibition “Keeping Memories: The Rwandan Community in the UK exhibition.”

Throughout the day there will also be a whole host of other activities including dance performances and workshops run by Act One Arts Base which is a local, accessible dance organisation run by disabled and non-disabled people. (more…)

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Tanante perform for Nando’s christmas party at the Birdcage

Tanante were recently invited to perform at the birdcage in Manchester city centre for the Nando’s Christmas party. The famous chicken restaurant chain Nando’s held its staff Christmas party at the Birdcage venue in Manchester city centre. Nando’s employees from all over the North West enjoyed an African safari themed fancy dress party with stilt walkers, African acrobats and of course the West African drumming sounds of our very own band Tanante(more…)

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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…)

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Maitre Samsou and The Beat Artists Performance 27th Oct 2012: African Dance Party (Video)

The Beat Artistes are back! With our African Drumming Master Samsou, we’ve been working hard over the summer in preparation for this event. Our new set raises the bar with heavy African rhythms, polished arrangements and choreographed dance moves. We’re really looking forward to taking this practice public, and what better place to do it than at a happening new African Dance Party event.

Joining us for the event and on the bill will be the outstanding African Drumming troupe, Kontaani. This hard working collective from Macclesfield are incredible to watch and perform with awesome energy and good vibes.

There will also be an early evening dance workshop to kick things off and later on DJ’s playing a range of quality African dance music.

Just to wet your appetite, here’s a video of one of the Beat Artistes, featuring Iya Sako, recent performances at Manchester’s Parklife festival. Watch the video then read on for details of the African Dance party, we’ll see you there! (more…)

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Drumroots Perform at We Face Forward Closing Celebrations

As the grand finale of the performance aspect Manchester based African Arts festival ‘We Face Forward’, Drumroots and Tanante members teamed up with some of the region’s top African musicians for a free public concert. The event in association with Band on The Wall, included a collection of performers. This unique set of musicians, through a mixture of bands, colleagues and friends, had never publicly performed together, so what better way to collaborate than by delivering a stage show on a busy September afternoon in the centre of Manchester city centre’s Picadilly Gardens. (more…)

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Report: Kontaani Camp Weekender 2012 (Video)

Kontaani-Workshop-1It’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…)

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Drumroots Presents; The Beat Artistes with Maitre Samsou and Iya Sako at Parklife Festival 2012

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.

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Mamady Keita Weekend 2012 CANCELED!

Mamady-Keita-Canceled-2012Due to the sad news that Mamady Keita was hospitalised though complications surrounding his known congestive heart disease, the MK2012 weekender has been entirely canceled, including the evening performance programme with Tanante with Iya Sako.

Like everyone we are very sad and shocked by this news and also disappointed that it cannot go ahead. Our thoughts and wishes are with Mamady, and hope he has a speedy recovery. Thanks to Djembeschool and all involved for organising the weekend and bad luck that all your efforts were thwarted by the affliction. We hope that you’re not dispirited and re-organise the event when Mamady returns to good health.
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Mamady Keita Weekend 2012 Confirmed: Tanante to perform with 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.
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