Tag Archives: djembe

Happy New Year!

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 […]

Rhythm Power Highlights 2014-15

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 […]

Autumn Retreat 2015: Highlights

Autumn Drum Retreat Highlights on the weekend were:             Dundun Dance class with Bouba               Tara’s Beginners busting out Moribayassa                   Jacqui’s Congolese Dance arrangement and Special Sunday Yoga Thanks to everyone who made it such […]

Check out what went down at Tribalism last week….

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 – […]

Drumming Classes: new cycle starting this week!

Calling ALL drummers! Our next 6 week class cycle starts this week – BOOK IN HERE! https://www.africandrumming.com.au/classes/community-drum-classes/ ****BREAKING NEWS***** 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 […]

Drumming makes you feel GOOD!

If you drum then you know how GREAT it feels! It’s great to have far reaching evidence on how this music is healing and uplifting souls from all walks of life We enjoyed this article: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/6-ways-drumming-heals-body-mind-and-soul  

WAM 101 has landed…

Announcing the arrival of West African Music 101, or WAM 101 ……  available in HARDCOPY or downloadable version An in-depth introduction to the world of West African music, its history, how the ensemble works, the roles of the instruments, and dance.  Plenty of treasures inside for West African traditional music lovers of all levels. Grab […]

Profile: Tara Tucker – Autumn Drum Retreat

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 […]

Tribalism is back!

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

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 […]

Tribalism September 19th!

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A couple of Fridays ago we had our student performance night, Tribalism for our sixth lesson cycle, at Metropol Bar in St Kilda. It was a great night, with plenty of our students showing off their new skills and the new rhythm learnt over the previous six weeks. It was a high energy, and busy […]

Tribalism Is Back In St Kilda! Friday September 19


Tribalism! Friday September 19! Really excited to be bringing the music to back to St Kilda, this cycle’s event happening at Metrapol Bar! We’ll be kicking things off at 8:00pm sharp so bring your dancing shoes, and djembe of course. Don’t forget the big end to the night… ALL IN JAM too!It’s going to be HUGE!


12-8 Bell Pattern Exer

  We have been working hard on our 12/8 bell patterns in the St Kilda Advanced class recently and it’s really coming together! Using our feet to feel the 6 pulse and playing 5 different bell patterns over the top, then combining them all musically; there is something different about a polyrhythmic Agogo Bell orchestra! […]

2014 Rhythm Bible & Instructional Pack!


Have you read your Bible lately? Where is your faith?Firmly in the doctrine of the djembe I hope!Check out our latest edition of our Rhythm Bible ( and CDs) with 25 awesome arrangements, exercises for dexterity and rhythm power; years of material to grow your playing! Get the Bible here: https://www.africandrumming.com.au/cart/rhythm-bible/ And the Full Pack here: https://www.africandrumming.com.au/cart/african-drumming-instructional-pack/