For over ten years we’ve been working with the team at Counterpart – supporting woman with breast cancer through the power of African Drumming. We love our annual visit and always come away uplifted by the happy faces.
Here’s some more research on the benefits
A special weekend Master Class for Advanced / Pro level drummers with Malian Djembefola BASSIDI KONE
Recognised as one of the world’s hottest djembe players right now, Bassidi will be challenging Advanced & Pro level players through an 8 hr intensive guaranteed to push your playing limits.
Bassidi will share his Griot knowledge and incredible djembe skills in this exploration of Malinke rhythms.
The Weekend is by invitation or expression of interest only and strictly for Adv/ Pro level players.
WHEN: Sat Aug 11 1.30 -6pm & Sun Aug 12th 1 -5pm
WHERE: African Drumming Headquarters, 252 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda
RATE $160 with $50 deposit due on booking to secure your place (Limited to 20pax)
It was Hamish’s birthday last weekend. All he wanted was a drumming party and a djembe … well his cool Mum Emily made it all happen – that’s one happy Djembefola right there!
Be sure not to miss out on our amazing African Drumming kids parties, you can find out more about the packages we offer here.
African Drumming is proud to have led the Melbourne Walk against Family Violence through the city – a great turn out for a great cause.
On average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia. We all need to unite to help eliminate this heinous crime and to support those whose lives have been affected.
The summer edition of our legendary high voltage drum & dance event is moving outdoors to enjoy the sun while pumping non-stop tribal music guaranteed to make you dance.
This student performance event brings all of our classes from around Melbourne together to perform their ensembles’ traditional and contemporary West African rhythms.
This Tribalism will also celebrate our end of year jam – so BYO everything to make you happy – Food, drinks & friends!
Everyone is welcome!
We’re set to begin @2.30pm at Catani Gardens in St.kilda. If it rains, we’ll move to Kindred studios in Yarraville (3 Harris St, Yarraville VIC 3013)
Drumming takes you places! We were out at Jundah Racecourse (1300km’s west of Brisbane) this weekend for the Channel Country Ladies Day celebrations. Awesome place, awesome people, great times!
Big ups to Gabriel Otu for taking the music and dance to the Red Earth!
Rich from the good vibes and happiness that was shared last year, we cannot wait for this new Bali Drum Camp to happen. It is the perfect occasion if you wish to expand your knowledge of West African music at a heavenly location, no matter what your level is !
We’ve been supporting the great work of a Ghanaian NGO called Dream Big Ghana for a decade now. Recently they have really stepped up their diversity of projects in the local Volta Region communities. When we first started helping, it was directed to their awesome sanitation / toilet block building project, and now they have expanded into a Learning centre and Football academy.
Through the directive efforts of Dougal Croudace and the team at Meet Me There African Home Lodge and this years force of Josie Scott and Graeme Ramsey things are rollicking along in 2017. The local school is now receiving a new toilet block and the learning centre has two sets of drums (to keep the traditional music alive), books in several languages and even a few laptops!
We’ll be leading a group of 25 students right into the heart of this community in 7 weeks time and we can’t wait to help things grow just that little bit more with our physical support and funds raised via the African Drumming community !!
After the success of our inaugural world percussion extravaganza last July, we’re thrilled to bring another weekend of superb
workshops & performances. If you have workshop requests we’d love to hear from you
TRIBALISM – our favourite student performance event is back Dec 16th in Catani Gardens
Experience African Drumming’s legendary high voltage drum and dance event. The place will be pumping with non-stop tribal music guaranteed to make you dance. This student performance event brings all of our classes from around Melbourne together to perform their ensembles’ traditional and contemporary West African rhythms.
Come join the family drum fun – bring a picnic, all are welcome
Saturday December 16th 2017
From @ 2:30pm
Pier Road, St Kilda West Victoria 3182
We’ve been busy making drums all week down here in St Kilda …Bruno our drum maker is pumping out the good stuff …
check out some of his handy work on our Ghana djembe range which is well stocked – great value light weight, portable African djembes.
Find our Ghana djembe range here on our website!!
Nourish your mind, body & soul at our African drumming community classes – a new cycle begins next week across Melbourne. Check out the times & locations here: https://www.africandrumming.com.au/classes/community-drum-classes/
” For me, the djembe addiction took hold in my early twenties. Coming from a classical piano background, djembe was everything piano wasn’t! I still dearly love sitting down and cracking out a Bach prelude but it doesn’t compare to the feeling of playing djembe and being part of a whole community of drummers who share a love for West African rhythms.
I’ve had wonderful teachers along the way – both locally and in Africa – and I’m privileged to work closely with Bangourake who has been so generous in sharing the music and culture of his people with the local drum and dance scene here in Canberra. Yes, behind the grey suits we actually have a thriving community of drum and dance students here!
I discovered early in my ‘djembe journey’ that teaching is what I enjoy the most and is where I can make the most difference. There’s nothing I like to see more than adults, who never had the chance to learn an instrument as a child or claim not to have a musical bone in their body, suddenly engaging regularly in music education and enjoying connecting with others through music. Joining a djembe class really can be life-changing for people. I can’t think of another instrument that has the same power!
Now I just have to hope my two young sons catch the bug and want to play dundun for Mummy! 😉“
“My drumming tourney harks back 4 years ago when my musical wife gave me a voucher for 6 lessons. Lo and behold she created a monster!
Little did she know that my practising would overwhelm her music ever practice. My neighbours even tell me they know when my wife is away when they here me drumming. The benefits of drumming are well known when discussing mental health.
However the spirit of support and camaraderie of the drumming community also plays a tremendous role. Every class where I play instantly transports me away from the trials and tribulations of the business day, and deeply in the circle of rhythms and beats of my drumming group. Of course this is great fun, with regular performances are exciting and entertaining, especially for the drummers.
The more I play the more I recognise there is to learn.
I now have a way to express the music I feel inside.
Now off to practice more as my neighbours do not need too much sleep. ?
Thanks to all my teachers and drumming buddies for all the encouragement”
“Since I was young I have always had a love of music, it didn’t matter what type of music it was. At school I always did music class and learned how to play guitar & trumpet ( but not very well !! ) but I always found myself tapping along to the drum beat, whether it was on the table or empty ice cream containers.
About 8 years ago I went into a deep depression & suffered severe anxiety and panic attacks, my love for everything including music disappeared. After months of slowly getting back on my feet, the love of music slowly returned. One day, while on FB, just scrolling through posts I came across one of my nieces – Jessica May – playing a drum ( which I now know was a djembe) I think I watched the same performance of her everyday, I was hooked.
After speaking with Jess she informed me of a beginners class in Hampton park, although still anxious I convinced myself, with a lot of encouragement from my wife, I attended the class, from the first time I hit the Djembe I felt a feeling that I had never felt before – it was like I had finally found something that brought a smile and excitement to me.
For once in a very long time I knew it was something I wanted to continue & challenge myself. Not only did I love it but I also made and continue to make new friends. It has been just over a year since I played my first Djembe and am enjoying it more & more, now even my wife has starting playing”
29th – 30th of July 2017
A weekend of diverse musical workshops for lovers of rhythm!
Our Big Drum festival is slowly coming together and we are excited to announce the impressive line up we have managed lock in.
We are happy to announce the following teachers who will be joining us for the weekend of rhythm.
Check out the list here, for more info on the teachers visit our big drum page here
- Bassidi Koné
- Matt Stonehouse
- Alena Schneider
- Edward Kofi Eshun aka Shabba
- Simon Fraser
- Bruno De Moura Floriano aka Ginga
- Salvador Persico
- Tawanda Gadzikwa
- Valanga Khoza
- Boubacar Gaye
- Neda Rahmani
- Kofi Kunkpe
- Valanga Khosa
“For me the djembe is a powerful entity for humans to channel great energy and to transmit this energy in a joyous and spiritual way. Key aspects of the djembe and its culture for me are; The joy it transmits, The meditative aspect of drumming, The community and union that is created through playing the djembe which incompasses any gathering of people for any reason where listeners dancers and players all come toghether to share the vibration.
The healing benefits of playing, The death of ego that must occur to go deeper into the music, The connection to the natural world, The fact that it makes me feel great. I feel the djembe has 3 and in most cases 4 spirits.
1) the spirit of the animal that lived in the skin
2) the spirit of the tree that the drum is made from,
3)the spirit of the person that made it
4) the spirit of the peron who repairs the skin/drum when needed.
I am a woodworker/artisan and beleive the carving is important but most of all its the intention that goes behind the making and carving and reskinning. Why not try blessing and thanking the skin and when soaking it in water why not with energy crystals such as amber or amethyst, quartz etc.
Rather than boring you with my own story and history of drumming i would like to encourage you to go deeper with your drumming. Meditate with your drum, talk to it give it a name, realise that the music isn´t all you its the djembe and the others playing and the energy you are channeling and transmiting. Be conscious of breath and posture, push through pain with joy, give good energy when drumming , drum from your soul not your head. Play with as many people and in as many situations as possible, learn by your drumming experiences and allow drumming to vitalize your life. Try to drum where there is dance or all in a circle or with fire present or with singing so the energy builds.
I currently live in Tasman near Nelson( South Island, New Zealand) and shall be making and repairing drums and running some workshops soon around expressing and healing yourself with drumming and also workshops on the meditative side of drumming, connecting to power animals and the natural world namely, the 5 elements.
I am blessed to be around other great drummers and dancers here in nelson and would like to promote them and their work too, they are Kimberley Anderson , Rob De Leeuw Miro Klima and Annika Wagenhoff. Happy drumming, Ross