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Explore sound, rhythm and culture, from Ghana to Zimbabwe.

During our African drumming workshops pupils will investigate various sounds and rhythms from around the African continent. Pupils will learn the history of the Djembe drum and about the importance of drumming in African culture, whilst learning how to play a selection of African drums and percussion instruments such as Large and Medium Djembes, Shakeres and Ghana Bells.

Songs are often used alongside African drumming; our unique sessions will incorporate learning traditional songs from the Akon people of Ghana and Shona people of Zimbabwe. This will give everyone the opportunity to join in and create a unified sound that will resonate in the true spirit of Africa!

Even with little or no musical background, all pupils very quickly start to feel empowered with a new skill and a new focus on team work. We encourage schools to invite fellow peers and parents to the live performances!

Full Day – 4 x 1 hour workshops in one day. We can work with a class size of 30 in each 1 hour workshop. There can be live performances to an audience before lunch and at the end of the school day.

"Our Drumming day was just the BEST!!! I had a feeling that it would be good! The pupil sessions were great - the enthusiasm of the Facilitator just encouraged all children to get involved. The staff session was OUTSTANDING - such good fun - we didn't want to stop. So I want to look at another date in the summer term - to involve a performance to our parents at the end of the day. You should feel very proud of the activities you take into schools. Thank you! "

Head Teacher

Primary School on Nottinghamshire

What One Day needs to succeed:

Number of Children

Four classes (up to 30 children per group)

Length of workshop

1 hour per class

Suitable for

Adults / KS1 / KS2 / KS3 & 4 / P1 - 3 / P4 - 7 / S1 - 3

Space needed

A large clear space (preferably a school hall) Please let us know if you have any special requirements!

What the children learn...

  • Introduction to African drumming and its roll in African cultures
  • How to investigate and create traditional African rhythms
  • Confidence building, communication, concentration, self control and patience
  • Essence of group performance, incorporating solos
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