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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
Rhythmic Challenge for the morning is another 12/8 bell pattern ( to continue the theme for this month.) Get familiar with the “short bell” pattern on one hand (or wok or any other kitchenware you have handy!) 1 2 3 4 1 x . x . x x . x . x . x x […]
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! […]
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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 […]