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Big bass Bucky gets a home 🏠

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Hans popped into the shop recently and walked away with “Bucky” – this beautiful 15.5″ heartwood Lenke djembe from Guinea …we put a nice medium Malian goat skin on Bucky and he sure has some BASS frequency. It’s Han’s first drum and he is PUMPED! 😄

Our full range of djembes can be found here

From Darbuka to Djembe 😊

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New friend to AD, Adam picked up a monster 15.5″ Master series Guinea lenke djembe last week. Originally a darbuka player, he wanted a drum with sharp slaps and a big bass. The master series are our top line djembes, boasting immaculate, faultless shells, pure tonal range and formidable projection. Check them out here. 

Musical Mondays – Tongue Drum

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A new weekly series showcasing a different instrument available in-store and online 🎵

This week: Mike and Franky play the tongue drum – a small acoustic drum (also known as a contemporary West African log drum). Easy for anyone to play this drum produces a warm melodic sound.

Only a few more sleeps till Ghana!

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Only a few more sleeps until our annual trip to Ghana, and we can’t wait! It’s our 14th tour this year and we’re excited to see old friends, each with a unique story to tell. One of our beloved past times in Ghana is visiting our favourite drum makers and watching them work, joining in the traditional song and dance. It’s such a lively community of artists, musicians and creatives and we’re looking forward to immersing ourselves in the culture once again. Watch this space for photos & videos of our 2018/19 summer in Ghana.

Location: Accra and Volta Region, Ghana West Africa

Dates: December 30th 2018 – January 26th 2019

Come join us!

Bassidi Kone Master Class

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One of the globes hottest properties in Djembe, Bassidi Koné is joining us in August for an advanced level master class weekend. A few spots still left.
Inquiries to [email protected]

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)

African Drumming Kids Parties

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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.

Melbourne Walk against Family Violence

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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.

Tribalism – 16th of December

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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!

Time: 2:30pm

Where: The Post Hotel St Kilda: 304-306 St Kilda Rd

 

Dream Big Ghana

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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 !!

African Drumming Calendar 2018