Wellness & Results

The body of research and quantifiable data on the benefits of drumming have boomed in the last 15 years, spurred on by the djembe’s growing popularity across the world.

Emotional relief
Drumming has shown stress-relieving and burnout preventing effects, and group drumming especially reduces the experience of anxiety, depression and loneliness

Accessibility
Drumming is accessible regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and ability.

Cognitive function
Drumming has a distinctly therapeutic aspect – it’s good for our state of mind. It exercises the brain through stimulating cognitive functions like perception, attention and memory. Drumming is good for the body too, and not just for psycho-motor coordination.

Creativity and confidence
The value of group drumming as a transformative and healing activity has been widely researched and endorsed by the health professionals. Part of the magic of this music, which fits wonderfully in the contexts of office environment, is a sense of belonging and contribution. Drumming is a positive outlet for creative expression which transcends barriers to participation such as language and gender and truly empowers and motivates.

Communication
As an opportunity for people to express themselves beyond words, non verbal communication offers a new voice.

Invigorating
Drumming is a stimulating activity which leaves the group energised and relaxed at the same time, an uplifting feeling brought about by the physical, emotional and social benefits of group drumming.

Mindfulness
Drumming can be an incredible meditative tool, allowing participants to focus on the beats, the drum, or their hands, and truly experience themselves in the “here & now”, while promoting awareness of their feelings, thoughts and behaviour.

Supporting research
Group drumming as a burnout prevention initiative among staff members at a child and adolescent mental health care facility
by Newman et al

Effects of Community African Drumming on Generalised Anxiety in Adolescents 
by David Akombo

African drumming: a holistic approach to reducing stress and improving health?
by Carine et al

An Exploratory Study into African Drumming as an Intervention in Diversity Training
by Govender & Ruggunan