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…)
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?
Well, on 26th
will be connecting music from the tribal communities of West Africa with the awesome acoustics of one of the North East’s most spectacular landmarks; Hexham Abbey.
It’s been a long time since we put some new studio recordings out there and these ones have been ‘in the can’ for quite some time, but finally we are pleased to release three brand new Tanante demo tracks for 2014. The three tracks; Mendiani, Djaa and Dununba, were first recorded over two years ago with our techno man and studio wizard Andy Garvey. In the first session, Tananate
along with special guest artists Iya Sako
, Sidiki Dembele
and Baba Galle laid down live tracks, which we then more recently added the vocals to and finally mixed them down, all at Studio Z
(Z Arts Centre). (more…)
The Drumroots performance team with friends and guest artists recently enjoyed a succession of fantastic gigs at this summer’s Pride festivals across the country. Once again working for Nando's
we have so far been a part of Pride parades in Blackpool, Newcastle, Liverpool and Leeds. For these events we take to the streets carrying our drums for high energy walking performance to bring joy, rhythm and movement to the crowds of thousands joining in the carnival, and yet more as entertained bystanders. Accompanied by the enthusiastic Nandos staff bearing masks and banners, as well as a dancing chicken, we make quite a spectacle of ourselves as we get involved in the festivities. (more…)
As part of our on-going working relationship with the Nando's family, we were recently invited to perform at their staff only event; The Nando's Grill Off. The event was the national final of a competition where by teams of Nando's staff compete with their colleagues from other restaurant branches to cook the very best grilled chicken. It seems to us that the Nando's staff really know how to have a good time! As they arrived, they all seemed in the mood for a fun evening, turning up with costume, props and even chants to support their own branch and designated cook who was to represent them on the grill. The prize was to travel to Sydney, Australia to complete in the Nando's international Grill Off! (more…)
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…)
As part of an expansion, opening 17 new global routes in 2011, including Cape Town, Buenos Aires and Xiamen, the Manchester Airport branch of KLM-Air France-Delta
, hosted an event and trade show, held in the prestigious heights of Cloud 23 bar
of the Manchester Hilton Hotel
building to which they invited Drumroots to deliver rather special performance...
It’s nearly a month since Drumroots Live, held at Manchester’s fine venue: The Platt Chapel. This charity event held was to raise money and give all proceeds to Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders) for their work in helping bring aid to people affected in the current East-African crisis. For those who didn’t know or missed this event, a short recap:
As you no doubt know there has been and is a huge amount of difficulty and problems in East Africa. These problems are not only the cause of on-going conflict and mismanagement, but the addition of one of the worst droughts in the countries history. Though the relatively recent rains may have eased the drought at least, the problems continue and the on-going, compassionate work of groups and organisations bringing much needed aid to the affected areas are essential. (more…)
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Tagged Baba Galle Kante, Beat Artists, Dj Sir Robin, Iya Sako, Kontaani, maite samsou, Medecins sans Frontieres, Mobe Camara, one69a, Platt Chapel, Sens Sagna, Sidiki Dembele, The Kajamor Family, Vieux Bakayoko
Drumroots Live! returns for a special charity event with a powerful showcase of live West African music and dance, bringing you spell binding performances from the diverse musical traditions of Senegal, Guinea, The Gambia and Ivory Coast. Join us and take positive action for East Africa – all proceeds to Medecins sans Frontieres.
Medecins sans Frontieres
(Doctors without Borders) is an independent international humanitarian organisation delivering medial aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters in over 60 countries;
Friday 28 October, 6pm-12.30am
Platt Chapel, 186, Wilmslow Road,
Manchester, M14 5LL
Tickets £10 on the door.
Posted in Previous Performances, Uncategorized
Tagged Dj Sir Robin, Hamana, Iya Sako, maite samsou, Medecins sans Frontieres, Platt Chapel, Sens Sagna, Sidiki Dembele, Tanante Performance Group, Vieux Bakayoko