Tag Archives: west africa

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 […]

Teacher Profile: Jacqui Dressens – Autumn Retreat

One of the great things about our Weekend Drum Retreats is the great opportunity to connect with drummers & teachers from all across Australia. We are excited to have some of Australia’s most experienced and inspiring facilitators join us at the AUTUMN DRUM AND DANCE RETREAT (April 17 -19th) We are so privileged to have […]

Rhythm Power Tour back on for 2016!

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 …… […]

Sessi Sessi – Community Music Ensemble

  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, […]

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 […]

12/8 Bells and POLYRHYTHMIC FREEDOM!

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  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! […]

The Mud Brick Houses of Burkina Faso!

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    Trawling the internet, I came across these incredible photographs by Rita Willaert. Taken on her travels to West Africa, she stumbled upon a 1.2 hectare village near Tiébélé in Burkina Faso, made up of beautifully decorated mud brick homes, belonging to the Kassena people, one of the oldest ethnic groups who settled in Burkina […]