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Originating from Ghana, the aslatua is played by holding and shaking one gourd in the palm while swinging the second gourd around.

Meet our products: #2 Aslatua

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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

 

 

Our handpans, which are inspired by the traditional hang drum, are played by hand and have a rich, intimate sound, full of emotion and depth.

Meet our products: #1 Handpan

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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.

View our handpan range here

July newsie with Simon

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Simon shares the latest news and events from African Drumming, including the current dunun sale (until July 14, all duns are available for 20% off), and the upcoming online Enduro Djembe on Saturday July 11th.

Enduro Djembe – July 11th 2020

Teacher Training Online Courses – Level 1 & 2 on September 12th-13th 2020
Level 3 on August 8th-9th 2020

Teacher Training Melbourne Courses – Level 1 & 2 on October 17th – 18th 2020

Teacher Training Sydney Courses – Level 1 & 2 on October 31st – November 1st 2020

Online Professional Development (Drumming for Social Connectivity and Mindfulness) – August 22nd 2020

Victorian Spring Retreat – October 2nd – 4th 2020

Bali Drum Camp May 16th – 26th 2021

From July 1st - 14th, our entire dunun range is available online and in-store for 20% off. Just use the code dundun at checkout to claim.

Get 20% off our complete duns range!

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From July 1st – 14th, our entire dunun range is available online and in-store for 20% off: big, small, hardwood, light weight, full sets or just one offs of any size!

How do I get 20% off?
Easy! Just use the coupon code dundun at checkout to claim.

Some of our duns are too big for standard post. If that’s the case, we’ll ask you to email us your postal address, and find the cheapest way to get them to your door.

Shop our dunun range now

📺 Simon introduces us to the Master series dun set: The Chief

Djembe classes at St Kilda, led by Magic Mike. Beginner and intermediate classes available.

St Kilda classes are back

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Kicking off tonight (June 29), our St Kilda djembe classes are back for a brand new 6-week cycle. Offering both beginner and intermediate classes, our cycles are a fun and interactive study and appreciation of the djembe and West African music in general. Beginners will focus on learning basic technique, groove development, ear training and basic musical concepts. Intermediates will explore different time signatures, prepare full arrangements and experiment with faster tempos.

Beginners @6.15pm – 7.45pm on Monday evenings
Intermediate @8pm – 9.30pm on Monday evenings

2020 Class Cycles: Our cycles run for 6 weeks
*If you miss both the 1st & 2nd week of a cycle, we recommend joining the following cycle

Cycle #5 – Join our classes on June 29th or July 6th
Cycle #6 – Join our classes on August 10th or August 17th
Cycle #7 –  Join our classes on September 21st or September 28th
Cycle #8 – Join our classes on November 2nd or November 9th

Do I need a djembe of my own?
If studying at St Kilda, we can offer you a free djembe during your classes. If you’d like to practise during the week outside of class, we can loan you a djembe for $20 per week. In the highly likely event that you fall in love with your djembe, we can help make it official with our Rent to Own plan. If you decide to buy the drum you’ve been renting, we’ll deduct the amount you’ve paid in hire fees from the total cost of the drum. We’ll keep your credit from the hire for up to 6 weeks after the last class you’ve attended.

How are you complying with the Victorian Government’s restrictions in response to covid-19?
○ We have a strict limit of 8 adult students per class
○ All of our drums will be wiped down and disinfected before each class
○ We will provide hand sanitiser to our students on entry to the shop
○ Our teachers will practise safe social distancing
○ We are monitoring government guidelines daily and will update when required

How can I help to keep myself and others safe during these classes?
○ Sanitise your hands upon entry to the shop – we will provide sanitiser
○ Please stay in your station and only use the downstairs bathroom
○ Avoid touching your face
○ Cough and sneeze into your elbow and discard of any tissues immediately
○ Practise safe social distancing at all times
○ Students are encouraged to bring their own djembe if they can

All bookings need to be made online.
Book now

We also offer online classes. Click here for more details

 

Our online Enduro Djembe class is endurance for the mind and body, traversing through five West African rhythms.

Enduro Djembe is returning on July 11

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Drummers, get ready to sweat with Simon Fraser’s Enduro Djembe class. Back by popular demand, Enduro Djembe is a musical workout for the mind and body, facilitated via the free and easy-to-use software Zoom.

Enduro Djembe is an uninterrupted journey designed to improve your listening skills and strengthen your sounds, stamina and solo repertoire. We begin with technique and build into a steady groove, layering solo phrases until the final crescendo one hour later.

We traverse through 5 rhythms – a mix of 4/4 and 12/8 grooves – with Kpanlgo (Ghana courship rhythm), Maraka (Malian worship/ honouring rhythm), Jensa (Burkia party rhythm), Soli (Guinean circumcision rhythm), and Rumba (Guinea contemporary).

Catered for upper intermediate and advanced level students, and led by Simon Fraser with Magic Michael Naude on support duns.

Next class: Saturday July 11th @ 12pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $20

Get your tickets here

20% off Hardwood Djembes

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This Queen’s bday we’re offering 20% off our Master and Primo series hardwood djembes. Just use the code queenbday at check out to claim!
VALID FROM JUNE 5TH – 8TH 2020
Sale excludes second grade and Ghana series djembes and does not apply to wholesalers

Master series djembes: The crown jewels of djembes: We hand pick the very best, immaculate shells from our most experienced carvers across West Africa.
Each hide is carefully balanced to suit the dynamics of each drum to maximise its voice. Each djembe looks as good as it sounds, with additional time invested in sanding, oiling and polishing the shells.

Primo series djembes: The density of these shells provides noticeable depth of sound. These high-quality djembes get a little extra time put into their playing edges and outer shell, making them easy to play and easy on the eye. All Primo Series djembes have a full range of pure sounds and a variety of shapes, sizes and characteristics.

June newsie with Simon

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We’ve got a huge djembe sale coming up this Queen’s birthday. From June 5th – 8th we’re offering 20% off all Master and Primo series African djembes.
Also: Bali 2021 dates announced!

Teacher Training Online Courses – Level 1 & 2 on June 6-7th or June 20th-21st.
Level 3 on August 8th-9th 2020

Online Professional Development (West African songs & dance) – June 13th 2020

Victorian Spring Retreat – October 2nd – 4th 2020

Rhythm Power – December 30th 2020 – January 26th 2021

Bali Drum Camp – May 16th – 26th 2021

Our online Enduro Djembe class is back by popular demand. Catered for intemediate and advanced drummers, Enduro Djembe is a non-stop rhythmic ride!

Third time’s the charm!

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Due to popular demand, our online Enduro Djembe class is back for a third time. Musical fitness for the body and mind! Focus your mind, open your ears and relax your body – a non-stop rhythmic ride is about to begin!

Enduro Djembe is an uninterrupted journey designed to improve your listening skills and strengthen your sounds, stamina and solo repertoire. We begin with technique and build into a steady groove, layering solo phrases until the final crescendo one hour later.

We traverse through 5 rhythms – a mix of 4/4 and 12/8 grooves – with Kpanlgo (Ghana courship rhythm), Maraka (Malian worship/ honouring rhythm), Jensa (Burkia party rhythm), Soli (Guinean circumcision rhythm) and Rumba (Guinea contemporary).

Catered for upper intermediate and advanced level students, and led by Simon Fraser with Magic Michael Naude on support duns.

Saturday May 23rd @ 12pm

Get your tickets here

Join us in Ghana in 2020 for our 15th anniversary tour

All signs point to Ghana!

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Hey everyone, guess what? We’re still full steam ahead in our plans for Ghana 20/21. We know times are challenging and unpredictable right now, but we are optimistic that our tour will go ahead and that Rhythm Power will be just the tonic we need to soothe our Rhythmic Souls. This year will be our 15th tour, offering some of the best drum and dance tuition West Africa has to offer. Whether you’re a drummer or a dancer, we’ve got you covered with a top-tier study program in one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Join us and enjoy the music, sights, sounds and smells Ghana has to offer!

December 30th 2020 – January 26th 2021

Download our tour pack here

Bali drum retreat

Bali update from the boss

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It was with a heavy heart that we had to cancel this year’s Bali Drum Camp. It is especially hard for our local Balinese teachers, friends and the businesses that rely on the income from our tour. Big thanks to Glen who has donated his tour deposit to the crew over there. The good news is that we will be back in Bali for 2021!
– Simon Fraser, Director

We’re still planning to go to Ghana in 20/21. Keep up to date with our tour news and dates here

May newsie with Simon

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We’ve got online drumming classes and courses for all ages and levels, from kids classes to teacher training.

Also: Enduro Djembe is back by popular demand on May 9th!

Plus: Our beautiful happy steel tongue drums are on sale now – shop the collection here

Online Enduro Djembe – May 9th 2020

Online Kids Drumming Class – May 23rd 2020

Community Classes Cycle #4 – Join our classes on May 19th or May 26th 2020

Online Professional Development: Rhythm Games on May 30th 2020

Teacher Training Online Courses – Level 1 & 2 on June 6-7th or June 20th-21st.
Level 3 on August 8th-9th 2020

Rhythm Power – December 30th 2020 – January 26th 2021

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Enduro Djembe is back and online

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Enduro Djembe is back fiery as ever, now online and facilitated by Simon Fraser and Michael Naude.
This class is an uninterrupted journey designed to improve your listening skills and strengthen your sounds, stamina and solo repertoire. We begin with technique and build into a steady groove, layering solo phrases until the final crescendo one hour later.
When: Saturday April 25th 2020 @ 12pm AEST
Who’s it for: Intermediate and Advanced level students
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $20
BYO: Djembe
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Back by popular demand: New kids drumming class on May 23rd

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Hey everyone, we’re now offering online kids drumming classes! Facilitated by Michael Naude, these group online classes will allow children to exercise their musical creativity and flair in an open, safe space.

Here’s what you need:
A zoom online account: Easy-to-use and free software that connects people together online
A desktop computer with a microphone and speakers or a laptop
A djembe, set of bongos or a darbuka. Don’t worry if you don’t have one of these – a tin can or bucket will suffice!

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No prior experience necessary, and parents are welcome to join in too!
Click here for registration and class details

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Online Teacher Training

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Our Teacher Training course is now available online! Become an African Drumming facilitator from the comfort of your own home – all you need is a Zoom account, a laptop or a desktop computer with a working microphone and speakers and a djembe (don’t worry if you don’t have a djembe – we can organise one for you!).

You can either choose to do this course in groups, or one-on-one – it’s up to you! Facilitated by African Drumming educators, our teacher training course is available in three levels and is aligned with the Australian Government Schools Curriculum.

2020 Group Teacher Training dates
Level 1: Saturday 2nd May & Level 2: Sunday 3rd May
Level 1: Saturday 16th May & Level 2: Sunday 17th May
Level 1: Saturday 6th June & Level 2: Sunday 7th June
Level 1: Saturday 20th June & Level 2: Sunday 21st June
Level 3: Saturday 8th August & Sunday 9th August
Download our online Teacher Training overview

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Online Community Classes

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We’re moving our community classes online! Facilitated by the amazing Michael Naude, these group classes will be run via the software Zoom, a video conferencing online platform that is free of charge and easy to use.

Take a 6-week cycle and learn to play djembe – no experience needed!

We offer beginner and intermediate classes on Tuesday evenings. Info on class schedules here

What you need:
✔️A desktop computer with a microphone and speakers or a laptop
✔️A djembe
Register today

April newsie with Simon

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Hey everyone! Our shop is open during our standard opening hours  and we’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep our customers and employees safe and informed.

Our online shop is fully operational, with same-day dispatch as always and we can post anywhere!

 

Community Classes Cycle #3 – Join our classes on April 7th or April 14th

Teacher Training Online Courses – Level 1 & 2 on May 2nd & 3rd or May 16th – 17th 2020

Rhythm Power – December 30th 2020 – January 26th 2021

How music can really help you and your kids these school holidays

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As we know, music is a wonderful outlet for children, encouraging creativity, expression and confidence that are fundamental components of a healthy development. The school holidays are upon us and we understand that this can often be a stressful time for parents, who constantly have to come up with fresh and stimulating activities for their young ones. Fortunately, music is a wonderful distraction! But more importantly: it’s an educational and fun exercise that nurtures and brings out a number of important developmental skills:

Creativity and music: Encourages kids to flex their personality at home in an open, safe space.

Confidence and music: The ability to acquire a new skill is empowering, especially for a developing child.

Mindfulness and music: Allows children to be present with their instrument.

Communication and music: If a child doesn’t feel comfortable using their voice they can express themselves instead through an instrument.

Music therapy is a common tool used on children as it can affect mood, relieve stress, improve motor skills and connect the individual with his/her external reality. We’re all about music therapy here at African Drumming and we have a range of wonderful and accessible instruments for children of all ages! Expand your child’s home activities with one or several of the below:

? Kids Djembes
? Bongos
? Ankle and wrist shakers
? Egg shakers
? Kids Packs (On sale now)
? Kiss Kass
? Mini dununs (On sale now)

+ heaps more! 

? The shells of our Indonesian drums are solid timber sourced from renewable plantations of Mahogany.

? 5% of funds from the sale of every Indonesian djembe goes towards the “East-Java Plant a Tree Program.”

Shop our full range of kids instruments now

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