African Drumming

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Course Notes

The course will be based on the main fundamentals of Djembe drumming and will constantly include games to stimulate learning and the sounds used in African Drumming.


Each day the lesson will begin with warm up exercises and games working on count, hand position and sound. Games will help enhance leadership skills, confidence in music and will make the learning experience engaging, fun and interactive. Throughout the week exercises will increase in difficulty creating higher challenges for the students resulting in stronger playing ability and stamina for performance.

Along with this 'call & answer' rhythms will be introduced with the master drummer calling rhythms for the group to respond to, as these rhythms get learnt the master drummer responsibility will be passed around the group to increase confidence in performing.

Rhythms (Singing & Playing):

With the belief that if you can sing it you can play it a short amount of time will be spent singing each new rhythm to help encourage confidence with playing and learning new rhythms. As the group's ability to play more complex rhythms increases, more than one rhythm will be played simultaneously creating polyrhythms. It will be discussed with the group at how the rhythms integrate with each other and how some rhythms work better together more than others.

All rhythms learnt will be in 4/4 or 6/8 time, the group will be made aware of the difference in count, sound and feel between common time and compound time. It also will be explained how 6/8 time is known as 'roots' for djembe drumming.


Each set of rhythms have a unique history. Whether being used for a festival, wedding or harvest the purpose of the rhythms will be explained along with its origins and how it can even be heard in contemporary music today. The main tribes discussed will be the Mandinka tribe from West Africa and the Nyabinghi tribe from East Africa.

Playing along:

During each lesson students will play along to popular 'western' songs reinforcing their ability to play along to pulse and rhythm demonstrating how African rhythms can be combined with commonly known songs.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM