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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year from the team here at African Drumming!

Simon is currently in Burkina Faso on our Rhythm Power drumming-intensive tour, as you can see by our current January vNews above!

– Our community drumming classes are starting back up this week! If you happen to miss this week, be sure to jump in on the second week of the cycle next week. For more information on our drumming classes, head to our website!
– Our community drumming ensemble Sessi Sessi has an incredibly special performance coming up; a stint at this year’s White Night!
–  St Kilda Beginners Class teacher Davey will be hosting a jam a little later in the month on Sat Jan 30th – head to the Facebook event page for more information! If you’re a keen djembe drummer and have been interested in potentially joining Sessi Sessi on their community performance pursuits, then drop Jeremy an email for more info: [email protected]
– We would like to thank everyone for their generous donation of soccer and football boots for our friends in Accra, Ghana. Simon has taken all of the boots over with him on our current Africa tour.  Stay tuned for some pictures when he does the big hand out!
– Our Summer drumming retreat is returning to the great Otoway National Park. Happening 19-21st February, you can find out more here.

Rhythm Power Highlights 2014-15

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For the past 15 years our director Simon Fraser has been running the Rhythm Power tour through West Africa.  Last tour he travelled from Ghana to Burkina Faso, where he experienced so many highlights and serendipitous moments.  Here’s a selection of his photos of his trip…..

Click here for more info on the next Rhythm Power tour

Next Guinea container shipment arriving in 2 months

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After almost 3 months of waiting it looks like our Guinea container will be hitting the water within a few weeks … hoping for smooth sailing from here.
Conakry Signature Series djembes, hardwood duns, goat skins, feleke ( hats), balafon, flute ……
Will keep you all updated on timing …exciting!

Check out what went down at Tribalism last week….

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Last weekend was one of the best Tribalisms ever… just loved the venue (Kindred Studios) and the student ensembles came up with such great arrangements.  All topped off with a dance floor showdown led by AfroSuperGroup Allstars.

Thanks to everyone that made it a great afternoon

See you all again in 12 weeks’ time – Friday July 3rd Kindred Studios

Check it all the pics here:

Drumming Classes: new cycle starting this week!

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Calling ALL drummers!

Our next 6 week class cycle starts this week – BOOK IN HERE!



Our director Simon is back at the helm teaching Beginners and Intermediates again full time in St Kilda. Simon started our school back in 1997 and is pumped to be nurturing the next generation of Melbourne drummers!
Big thanks to Djulz who has done a wonderful job over the last few years

Here’s our schedule –
Monday: Advanced in St Kilda with Bouba
Tuesday: Beginners and Inters in St Kilda with Simon Fraser
Wednesday: Beginners and Inters in Camberwell with Jeremy P and Hampton Park with Alena

Don’t forget we also have our Affiliate schools in Footscray, Wangaratta and Bendigo …plenty of options across town and beyond.

Visit our Classes page for more details:


Profile: Boubacar Gaye – Autumn Drum Retreat

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Boubacar Gaye has been delighting Melbourne with his drumming talents for over 5 years now. Bouba’s passion for the djembe ( and the dun for that matter) is rare and his enthusiasm to share his knowledge with students a blessing to all that meet his path.

Bouba first laid his hands on a drum in Senegal at the budding age of 14. Inspired by the musical mentors around him he became a member of the infamous Mama Afrika. Under the guidance of ballet professor Joseph-Raphael Bouschanzl, Bouba’s skills and passion grew quickly and soon he was also a member of the renowned Foret Sacre Ballet. In 1997 Bouba ventured to Europe and then onto Japan where he established himself as a leading African percussionists. With an energy and peace of mind that resonates from deep within – Bouba speaks a thousand words with his drum.

Come and study with Bouba at the AUTUMN DRUM & DANCE RETREAT – just 2 weeks away now!
Check out all the details here https://www.africandrumming.com.au/tours-and…/autumn-retreat/

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Special Bali Drum Camp Offer – free djembe worth $500!

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We have a SPECIAL one-time offer of a FREE 12-13″ Special Series djembe to anyone that signs up in the next 8 weeks ….valued at $500, these hardwood mahogany djembes are beautifully carved and finished with exceptional natural goat.  PLUS we will custom design it to your specifications (height and diameter)

Download all the Bali camp information right here!


Profile: Tara Tucker – Autumn Drum Retreat

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We are privileged to have the wonderful Tara Tucker teaching at our Autumn Drum Retreat on 17 -19 April.

Tara has been playing West African percussion for over 15 years. She has studied traditional drumming with Masterdrummers and ensembles in Guinea, Burkina Faso and Ghana. Her teachers include Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate, Mohamed Bangoura, Nii Abia, Lamine ‘Lopez’ Soumah and Nii Tettey Tetteh.


Tara is one of only 2 djembe teachers in Australia to have been personally certified by djembe Grandmaster Mamady Keita as a teacher for Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy International, his international school of West African drumming. This certification is an official acknowledgement of her musical ability, rhythmic and historical knowledge of the djembe and was awarded to her personally by Mamady Keita after many years of intensive study and a lengthy practical exam.

Tara teaches and performs internationally. Her students appreciate her patience, energy, good humour, attention to detail and her infectious enthusiasm for African drumming.

She is also a Teaching Artist in Residence at Kickstart Arts, an independent arts organisation that uses creative arts to promote well-being and positive social change in Tasmania.

For more information about this camp, visit the Autumn Retreat page of our website

Tribalism is back!

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Pumped for the next TRIBALISM
We have brought together a HUGE & talented team of artists to headline on the day. Rehearsals are under way and The AfroSuperGroup looks ready to go o SUNDAY 12th APRIL from 2pm onwards Kindred Studios in Yarraville


It’s here! – The RHYTHM POWER 2015/16 TOUR PACK

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It’s here – The RHYTHM POWER 2015/16 TOUR PACK with everything you need to know about our next trip starting Dec 28th this year!  It’s a unique trip covering two of Africa’s most diverse musical landscapes – The ancient soul of Burkina Faso and Colour and smiles of Ghana.

DOWNLOAD the Tour Pack here

This unique African drum and dance tour will take you on an immersive 2 part journey into the culture, music and community of some of Africa’s most interesting peoples. Our West African drum and dance tour connects you to like-minded people in a safe & relaxed atmosphere and together you’ll drum and dance your hearts out on the Atlantic Coast in Ghana and the Sahel Region of Burkina Faso .

During the course of the tour, everyone will get the chance to jam with local musicians and take part in some wonderful ceremonies as well as drumming & dancing alongside your teachers.

With accompaniments, breaks, solos and songs for traditional rhythms, you’ll have the opportunity to drum & dance from sun-up to sun-down with the opportunity to advance your playing beyond measure.

Visit the Ekome website for full details of this tour.


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Bali Drum Camp coming soon

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Our Bali Drum Camp is just 10 weeks away!
It’s not too late to book in and join us for 9 days of drumming in the lovely seaside village of Candidasa.
Tuza, Simon and guest teacher Tara are all looking forward to sharing the rhythms and insights into world of African Drumming ….

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New classes starting at Wangaratta

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Happy to announce African Drumming is kicking off classes in Wangaratta this month
Venue: HP Barr Reserve Community Centre, Schilling Drive, Wangaratta
Day: Monday nights starting Monday 23/3
Time: 7:30pm (classes will run 7:30-9:00)

Your teacher is the wonderful Brianna Slattery who has been living further up the central coast in NSW for many years. Brianna is a qualified school teacher and African Drumming Certified L1/ 2 graduate … she has been playing Djembe for many years and is excited to connect with the local Wang and Beechworth drummers.


Rhythm Power Tour back on for 2016!

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Excited to announce we will be heading back to Burkina Faso in 2016 as part of our annual Rhythm Power Tour …it will be a 5 week tour across Ghana and Burkina …. last year 24 students were blown away by our teachers Adama Koita and Burkina Azza who will be hosting us again ……
Burkina Faso has some of the sweetest traditional music in West Africa, with it’s focus on djembe and bobo balafon

Here is a taste. More details on our upcoming tour coming soon

What does a Dun sound like?

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Top End Duns are hard to find … good quality hardwood dun shells are also hard to find, even when searching the Sahel in West Africa….

We always get excited when an extra special set hits the scene. Here’s an incredible set of hardwood duns from Burkina Faso. Made from Premium Heartwood Djala from Banfora Region.

The sound projection and quality is undeniable with these duns! Kenkenni really cuts through and the dun will play in to an ultra low bass.

Here’s a video of Simon playing on this incredible set.

Sessi Sessi – Community Music Ensemble

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Sessi Sessi

Sessi Sessi is our energetic West African drumming community ensemble that’s made up with our advanced student group. Uplifting and high energy performances that gets the crowds moving are their specialty. Our talented students are lead by seasoned professionals who warmly welcomes everybody  to dance and groove. Whether it be at a fund raiser, sports events, block parties, street festivals…..you name it: we’ll perform there!

Be part of the action and check out our Sessi Sessi facebook page


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Here’s a video of Sessi Sessi playing in the background for October 2013 vNews Live from Flashjam