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
, 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.
We're back for another special workshop led by African djembe master, Iya Sako from Guinea. Iya is an incredibly powerful djembe player who has an encouraging and gentle teaching style and is in high demand for concerts and performances throughout the UK. These sessions offer students the opportunity to learn at a more advanced level with not only the regular Drumroots teachers Jamie and John but with top Guinean Djembe player Iya Sako. All details can be found here.
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…)
Posted in Music & Video, Previous Performances, Uncategorized
Tagged Baba Galle Kante, Beat Artists, Dj Sir Robin, Iya Sako, Kontaani, maite samsou, Medecins sans Frontieres, Mobe Camara, one69a, Platt Chapel, Sidiki Dembele, The, Vieux Bakayoko
Last week, Tanante spent a day full day in the Salford University Recording Studios working with Salford University student Andy Garvey and Louis Sweeting from Manchesters Longshot and Drum Music Collectives. (more…)
Big thanks to all involved in organising African Beats Camps festival 2011. It was a really well organised friendly festival and a great start to the season... (more…)