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

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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

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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

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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

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                                                                      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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Drum music winter solstice party 16th December 2016

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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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Tanante Return to Perform at Drum Music’s 11th Birthday! | Fri 16th September 2016 | The Zombie Shack, Manchester

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Since they each were very first established over a decade ago, Drumroots and the Drum Music collective have been in collaboration, and our Tanante performance troupe have always been there bringing powerful live traditional West African music to add to the party. These club nights have always been full of fun, energy and good vibes. Make sure you don't miss this one off event in celebration for Drum Music's 11th Birthday at our old haunt, The Zombie Shack (formally The Attic)!


Go to the Drum Music Facebook page for more info or to let us that know you're coming to join the party!


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