Author Archives: Jamie Riley
This past year has been a tough one for performing artists, but with things starting to open up and the possibility of more live music events on the horizon, we thought now would be a good time to highlight some of the incredible West African artists we have had the privilege to work with. This will be the first in a series of blog posts, so please keep your eye out for more!
Mory Sako (known to friends and family as Iya) is a Malinke djembe master from Samakofadda in the Wassalon region of North East Guinea. We first met Iya in 2007 at a Drumroots Live event at the Rampant Lion in Manchester. He had recently moved to the UK, had heard about the event and decided to turn up. At this point, we didn’t really know anything about Iya, apart from his name and that he had recently moved here from Guinea.(more…)
Giving African drums a new lease of life is one of our specialties, whether the drum just needs a new skin or a full overhaul there is no job too big or too small which is why we were a perfect choice to star in an episode of CBeebies’ “Junk Rescue”, a show designed to encourage children to upcycle “junk” into useful or fun things.
Ever wanted to come to one of our African drumming gigs but can’t quite make it out until midnight? Well here is your opportunity to see us perform at 10 in the morning! Drumroots are proud to announce that we have been invited to Eatock primary school in Westhoughton, Bolton for their special African Beats launch event on Saturday 3rd February. We will be putting on an extra special performance with our professional drumming group ‘Tanante’. Not only will Tanante be featuring Iya Sako our master drummer from Guinea but we will also be inviting a surprise special guest all the way from East Africa too!
The Drumroots performance group, Tanante will be joining our good friends from Global Grooves on Sunday 14th January at the Vale in Mossley, to perform for a special Charity fundraising day of amazing West African Percussion workshops.
Here at Drumroots we are proud to announce that we have another brand new stock of top quality, professional, African djembe drums that have just arrived here from Guinea that are now available to buy. As well as our top of the range goat skin djembes, we have now introduced some truly awesome sounding calf skin djembes. All these drums are made of top quality hardwoods, beautifully carved and decorated and have been skinned with supreme skill and attention to detail by our colleagues in Conakry, Guinea.
Well, here at Drumroots HQ, we are more than a little bit excited about our forthcoming performances, so we thought we’d share a few details of what we’ve got lined up this summer. Feast your eyes on this lovely list of musical happenings…
Yes! That’s right folks! Since the birthday reunion you’ve begged us for more, and we had no choice but to listen! So we’re going back to the Attic (aka The Zombie Shack) for a winter solstice party ina Drum Music style! We invite you to come together again and join us back at our old home with our West African drumming performance group ‘Tanante’ playing a powerful and high energy set and all the resident DJs’ spinning some of those classic tracks from back in the day. (more…)
As part of our 10th birthday celebration we would like to offer a very special workshop with our friend and world renowned djembe master Iya Sako! Expect some beautiful traditional Guinean rhythms and a patient and encouraging teaching style. Workshops will be supported by Tanante members and will give students the opportunity to learn both the djembe and the dun duns (bass drums). Also don’t miss the gig in the evening to see Iya doing his thing on stage… a genuine world class percussionist, you will not be dissapointed!