A wonderful vocalist, Odai is a naturally gifted all round musician who is equally adept on flute as he is on a range of hand and stick percussion. To watch Odai perform is to watch pure joy and positive energy in flow. His teaching style reflects his generous nature and always has its roots embedded in his Ghanaian cultural background.
In 2015 his passion drifted westward to discover the djembe, and intensified when he moved to Melbourne and continued his learning under Simon Fraser and Bassidi Koné. He regularly performs with fiery ensemble Dunu Teké and spends his practice time developing his understanding of West African rhythm. He believes that music is inside each of us - it's just a matter of learning how to speak its language.
A dynamic master dance and drum performer , he presents a powerful & traditional West African music, dance, storytelling & cultural package.
His Kinder and School workshops foster acceptance & learning within a fun and inclusive environment.
Gabriel has performed numerous venues across Oz, including The Woodford Folk Festival, The Roma Street Multi Cultural Festival, The African Day Festival & Dream World.
Laura teaches percussion in schools across Victoria and has been drawn to teaching music therapy classes. She teaches community drumming classes, African Drumming’s Teacher Training courses and has been a frequent guest teacher at African Drumming’s drum retreats. Laura enjoys creating a fun learning environment in her classes whilst keeping to and respecting the traditional rhythms of West Africa and the origins of the music.
In Dec 2013 Daniela joined Simon Fraser’s Rhythm Power drum and study intensive to Ghana and Burkina Faso where she trained under Griots Sekou Coulibaly and Adama Koueta. Daniela continues to travel to Burkina Faso where she has since started her “Griot Vision” project, schooling children from the Coulibaly and Koueta families. She continues to immerse herself in the West African culture and music with dance, dun, balafon and percussion training. Daniela is always excited to share all that she has learned!
After surviving the sternest of 2 year apprenticeships with the Grand Master of drum makers Mady Keita, Bruno has flourished into an accomplished craftsman in his own right. A highly organized dude, he is patient and sensitive to the nuances of drum making. Ginga has been producing drums full time for 6 years now, predominantly crafting djembes and duns but also working with Persian, American Indian, South American and East African drums.
His journey in Capoeira Angola began in 1990, training with Mestre Celso da Rainha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After years of study and practice, Ginga graduated as a Teacher of Capoeira and in 2007 he received the title of Treinel from Mestre Mano
Bruno is always in store so drop in and say hello, he is happy to share his skills and knowledge. You’re also welcome to book him for a drum making workshop
Valanga was born in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. He grew up in a traditional setting surrounded by lively singing, drumming and dancing. The Limpopo area is rich in traditional healers, orators and storytellers, highly respected throughout Africa. These were his neighbours. Their nightly ceremonies carried songs and rhythms passed down through thousands of years. Valanga carries these influences through his songs and storytelling.
He is also influenced by his travels throughout the world which were driven by his struggle against racism and his fight for freedom of the black people in South Africa.
Her positive and supportive attitude is one of her many qualities as a teacher with both children and adults.
As an adolescent he spent a great deal of time in his father’s homeland Ghana learning traditional and contemporary drum and dance.
After spending his teenage years playing in rock bands and eager to reconnect with his African roots, he travelled back to Ghana in 2016 to study music with his grandfather Koo Nimo, a well renowned Afro-folk musician.
He is best known for his work drumming with indigenous artist Yirrmal and performing with his own solo band under the name “Immy Owusu.”
After discovering a drum circle in St.kilda on his first week in Australia, he was drawn to the sound of the Djembe and the obsession began!
Dave studied with traditional masters in Ghana in 2010 and continued his apprenticeship in Australia under the guidance of Simon Fraser, Mady Keita, Boubacar Gaye and Bassidi Kone. Dave performs regularly in Oz and Ireland incorporating his love of African beats into myriad genres of music. He always brings his Irish charm, warmth and a sense of humor to his classes whilst still respecting the traditions and history of its origins.