HUMANS of DJEMBE – Part 10 – Irene Ngui

humans of djembe 10“Growing up, the sum total of my music experience was the recorder, some keyboard lessons and a whole lot of karaoke. Then in 2008 I went on a holiday with a friend to Morocco. We spent a night under the stars in the Sahara with some nomads who proceeded to pull out some drums and other musical instruments and played for us. It was captivating and I was hooked.

When I got back to Melbourne, I signed up for my first djembe class. About a year and a half later, I also started learning the duns. In 2010, while I was madly running around absorbing all things drum related, I went to see a phenomenal taiko (Japanese drumming) concert, and decided that I needed to try that as well.

5 years later and I am splitting my time (sometimes not very successfully) between these 2 different forms of drumming, which I find both technically and creatively challenging.
I very much enjoy the community aspect of drumming and the people I drum with have become almost a second family. I enjoy sharing the music with the general public as well, and love being a part of Sessi Sessi – playing community gigs ranging from fetes to festivals.

Hopefully the future will bring more of the same drumming opportunities that I’ve been so lucky to be a part of!”