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Djembe classes every Tuesday; Benniners 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, intermediate/ advanced 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Come and learn to play the West African djembe drum at our fun and friendly weekly classes!

Date: Every Tuesday

Time: Beginners 6.30 to 7.30 pm

Intermediate/advanced 7.30 to 9.30 pm

Venue: Union Chapel, 2a Wellington Road (off Wilbraham Road), Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6EQ.

Price: Beginners, 1 hour : £6 (£5 concession)

Intermediate/ advanced 2 hours: £8 (£7 concession)

Both classes, 3 hours: £10 (£9 concession)

+ £1 drum hire or bring your own.

Booking: Contact us to reserve your space, 0161 408 5270/ 07939 749099 [email protected]

Venue: Union Chapel, 2a Wellington Road (off Wilbraham Road), Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6EQ.

Manchester longest-running West African Drumming class. Sessions for both beginners and intermediate/advanced players. At the start of each month, we begin a new rhythm, giving participants the opportunity to learn both djembe and dun-dun. We teach basic accompaniments, bass lines, arranged breaks, and solo material, plus traditional African songs, working as a group towards an overall understanding of the music

 

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African Dance with Louis Pierre Yonsian is back every Saturday from 16/10/2021 1.30 to 3 pm

After a short break for summer, Louis Pierre is back with his uplifting, high-energy West African dance classes, with live African drumming!

Date: Every Saturday from 16th October 2021

Time: 1.30-3pm

Venue: Birch Community Centre, Brighton Grove, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5JT

Booking:  To book your place call: 07519 470794

Louis is a fantastic teacher. He breaks the routines down into easy to follow steps, so even complete dance novices can have a go, but also provides a level of challenge for more experienced dancers. His positive energy is infectious and will leave you buzzing at the end of each session! Generally, the class is a real mix of ages, experience & cultures and is a very warm and welcoming community to all.

Please read the Covid guidelines (see below) before attending.

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Drumroots Artist Spotlight – Iya Sako (Master drummer from Guinea)

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.

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Sidiki Dembele’s New Website


If you’re looking for something to bring a bit of joy and light into your life in these cold and dark,
wintry days, then look no further! Our good friend and world-renowned djembe master and Griot musician, Sidiki
Dembele, has a new website that is bursting with his positive energy! You can watch videos of his
explosive performances, sign up for online djembe lessons, buy merchandise and even think about
booking the holiday of a lifetime to the Ivory Coast…
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New Pro djembes available


After a long wait, Drumroots are excited to announce that our brand new stock of professional, African djembe drums are now available to buy. It has taken us longer than usual to get these beautiful drums shipped here because of problems with shipping due to the COVID 19 pandemic, but it’s well worth the wait. Each drum has been skillfully crafted by our colleagues in Conakry, Guinea, using a range of African hard woods (Lenke, Hare and Djalla) and only the best quality skins, rings and rope. Please get in touch for more details.
Also, don’t forget that Drumroots also stock the best quality Protection Racket Djembe
bags 
and run a mail order service to send drums out wherever you are.
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Drumroots on TV! Drum repair for Junk Rescue on CBeebies

 

                                                                      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.

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African drumming workshops and performance for Eatock Primary school 03/02/2018

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!

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Tanante to perform at Global Grooves charity fund raiser 14/01/2018

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.

 

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Drumroots new pro djembe range 2017

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.

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2017 summer festivals and gigs.

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…

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