Monthly Archives: February 2012
For those who don’t yet know, Drumroots our very own Youtube channel. Here you can find videos of some of our best Tanante concerts, videos of other groups from our Drumroots Live events, videos of our travels to West Africa with footage of traditional village festival, African performance groups and much more. Follow the link to our Youtube channel, check out the videos and don’t forget to subscribe, we’ve got a whole bunch of as yet unreleased videos of our experiences over years that we’ll now be putting out to share with you regularly. (more…)
As part of our on-going re-brand process, and our old Drumroots branded clothing looking rather worn out and faded, we thought it time for new uniforms. We asked the good people at Manchester screen printers, One69a to make us a full new set of Tshirts, vests and shirts. Emblazed with our new logos in full colour and of course the website, the garments are looking really smart for us to wear at our work in schools, businesses and at concerts. (more…)
Last week Drumroots were invited by The Co-operative Group to their Co-operatives United event in Manchester to perform with our Drumroots community djembe group and to facilitate two drop in style African drumming workshops. This was a great opportunity for us to stand long side other global co-operatives and profile the work we do and how proud we are that Drumroots too, is a workers co-operative. (more…)
After the success of our numerous previous courses, we’re back for another ‘workshop band’ course for 2012. This time hosted at the prestigious space of the Zion Arts Centre, the course will be every Thursday over six weeks and will culminate in an end performance in Zion Arts Centre (on Friday 27th 2012). We will take the group of participants though all aspects of traditional West African rhythms and will focus on forming it into a ‘workshop band’, by teaching a full complement rhythms new to Manchester on both djembe and dundun, compete with accompaniments, choreographed arrangements, solo parts for those who wish to push themselves even further. The sessions will be fun and energetic, yet designed to accommodate newcomers, but extensive enough to test even the best drummers.
Due 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.
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.
The Drumroots team were lucky enough to be invited to the primary school part of, Oasis Academy, Limeside, Oldham. There to work with the children of years 1 and 2, to bring an exciting finale to their ‘Africa Topic’, and to culminate there studies in a memorable experience. This friendly and welcoming school is just one of a large network of outstanding schools countrywide who, as well as delivering first-class and innovative education, also build ‘Hubs’ in the areas in which it works; providing integrated and diverse services to benefit the whole person and the whole community. (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…