We are dedicated to giving back to our planet and ensuring our ventures are eco-friendly and sustainable.
Our joint venture with Ghanaian NGO Denyigba sees the reforestation of hardwood mahogany: every time we sell an African drum, we plant and nurture a new hardwood tree to replace the wood used to build our djembes.
The number of saplings nurtured has now reached over 5000, with a further 5000 seeds purchased 💚
In the lead up to the busy period, Australia Post is recommending to place orders by the following dates for delivery by Christmas:
Parcel Post: Order by December 12th 2020
Express Post: Order by December 19th 2020
For international orders, please visit this link
To celebrate the nearing of Christmas we’re giving away a complimentary kiss kass shaker with every online purchase of $40 and over.
Just use the coupon code santa at checkout to claim your complimentary shaker.
Please note, this promotion is not applicable for wholesalers.
Victoria – we did it! Our doors are open and we’re chockablock with djembes, new instruments and xmas specials!
Our St Kilda classes are also back from November 2nd. Our beginner cycle is sold out, but we’ve got spots left for our intermediate classes.
Max of 10 students per class. Learn more here
This Grand Final weekend we’re offering 25% off selected instruments:
25% off African Djembes (excluding second grade djembes)
25% off Tuned Percussion (excluding handpans & happy drums)
25% off Bells & Shakers
Just use the coupon code GRAND at checkout to claim – it’s that easy!
Offer is available from October 23rd – 25th only so be quick!
We are beyond excited to announce the return of our St Kilda community djembe classes on November 2nd 😃
Every Monday night, with classes limited to 10 students. Registrations must be made online so first in best dressed guys!
Beginners @ 6:15pm
Intermediates @ 8pm
Sign up now
Do you love West African bolga baskets as much as we do? Check out our sister company Bashiri African Imports: bringing you the most gorgeous handmade designs from Ghana. Each basket is unique, handwoven from sustainable elephant grass by our amazing artists.
Introducing our brand new LP Matador series bongos. Ideal for musicians looking for traditional styling and professional-quality sound at an affordable price. These Wood Bongos feature Siam Oak shells, rawhide heads and traditional rims. Available in almond and gold.
Siam Oak shells
7-1/4″ and 8-5/8″ natural rawhide heads
Matching conga set available
5/16″ diameter tuning lugs, steel backing plate and plated cast aluminum bottoms
Matching congas available
Tuning wrench included
Spring is here and we’ve got a new collection of djembe cloth bags from Ghana to mark the season! Available in a wide variety of colours, these cloth bags are the perfect home for your djembe.
Featuring reinforced sewn straps, a padded lid and a draw-string closure.
Handmade in Ghana, West Africa.
Our online Teacher Training courses will enable you with the tools, skills and resources to run your own African Drumming classes.
No prior musical experience necessary and courses are available via Zoom and are aligned with the Australian Government Schools Curriculum.
Saturday 12th September 2020 9.30am – 3.30pm (AEST)
Sunday 13th September 2020 9.30am – 3.30pm (AEST)
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th November 2020 9.30am – 3.30pm (AEST)
Drumming is an incredibly powerful tool in teaching and building resistance and growth in a changing world. In an effort to bring people together and equip teachers with new musical tools and resources, we have introduced a brand new Professional Development workshop called “Adjusting to Change.”
This workshop will run online via ZOOM and will be led by qualified African Drumming facilitator Brianna Slattery.
10am-12pm (AEST): Drumming for Adaptation skills and Resilience
1pm-3pm (AEST): Drumming for Leadership skills and Confidence
Drumming for Adaptation skills and Resilience
Adapting to change has become an increasingly relevant topic in recent times. The drum is a powerful tool for teaching about and building resilience, grit and a growth mindset. Through games, rhythm activities and ensemble arrangements, we will investigate the ways in which drumming can enable us to practice coping with change. By the end of this training, you will be equipped with a range of ideas for addressing adaptation and resilience through the joy of playing music together.
Drumming for Leadership skills and Confidence
Drumming is an excellent modality for teaching skills and strategies that build and strengthen confidence. Through exploring rhythm games, ensemble arrangements and facilitation styles, we will address ways in which drumming can empower participants to engage and interact confidently. We will look at ensemble features such as leadership, collaboration, soloing and dynamics, and how these concepts can foster the development of confidence and leadership skills.
We’re in stage 4 lockdown here in Melbourne, but that’s not stopping us from sharing the rhythm! We have plenty of online classes and online training to keep you warm and inspired throughout August and beyond!
Online Community Class Cycle #6 – Join from August 11th 2020
Enduro Djembe – August 15th 2020
Teacher Training Online Courses – Level 1 & 2 on September 12th-13th 2020
Online Professional Development (Adapting to Change) – September 19th 2020
Victorian Spring Retreat – November 20th – 22nd 2020
Bali Drum Camp – May 16th – 26th 2021
Our operations during stage 4 lockdown
Our online shop is fully operational, with same-day dispatch as always.
Australia Post is fully operational Australia wide.
We can still dispatch international orders outside of Australia, however please keep in mind that deliveries may be delayed due to the global pandemic.
If you’d like a country-specific update from Australia Post, you can visit this link for all the info.
Click & Collect
Customers won’t be able to enter our St.kilda shop, but you can purchase online and collect your order from our shop.
Just use the coupon code click & collect when you check out.
Please note, you’ll still have to add a shipping address, the coupon code will remove the shipping fee and inform us you’ll be collecting your order.
We are adhering to government regulations, so you won’t be able to come into the shop, but when you get here please give us a call and we’ll bring your order out front for a contactless pickup.
Our offices are fully operational with our team working from home at standard operating hours
Monday – Friday @9am – 5pm
You can reach us at our office number (03) 95253073
Email: [email protected]
Stay safe everyone and long live the rhythm!
Originating from Ghana and pronounced “us-la-twa,” the aslatua is played by holding and shaking one gourd in the palm while swinging the second gourd around. The simple and traditional percussive instruments are usually played in pairs (one in each hand) and are capable of producing complex polyrhythms.
We have two types of aslatua here at African Drumming
1. The master series, which is our premium aslatua. Filled with seeds and handmade with a thicker string for the traditional, rich and sandy sound.
2. The standard, which are filled with pebbles for a crisp, percussive sound.
View our aslatua range here
Hey everyone! Due to the recent Melbourne lockdown 2.0 we are postponing our onsite St Kilda classes until further notice.
Online classes are still available on Tuesday nights via Zoom for beginners and intermediates, and our next cycle begins on August 11th.
Our handpans, which are inspired by the traditional hang drum, are some of our most popular and prized instruments here at African Drumming. Played by hand, rather than sticks or mallets, the handpan drum has a rich, intimate sound, full of emotion and depth. There is no specific technique or style in the art of playing a handpan and a player with patience and an open mind will be rewarded with deep layers of complexity to explore. We have a range of handpans for sale in both the master and primo series range, available in different keys and prices. Also, if you’re looking for a complimentary instrument for yoga, pilates or a sound bath, the handpan is the perfect instrument for you as they are incredibly mediative and have proven calming effects.