Afro-Peruvian Music Masterclass with Cote Calmet – Sat Nov 28th.


The Jazz Lab is proud to present a one of a kind masterclass of music that has never been presented before in the Irish Shores.

Cote Calmet will be teaching about the Afro-Peruvian Music and how to feel it, learn it and use it as part of your future compositions.

Cote wil bring the original percussion played in Peru as well as some original music to play in a jazz context from his band Phisqa

Dont miss this great opportunitty to learn a different groove and style of playing!

This workshop is for every musician and instrument.

The Jazz Lab

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Class will start at 2:20pm
€5 Jazz Lab Students
€15 General Audience
Backline is provided

West African Drum and Dance Workshop – THIS SUNDAY 22/11/15


MyArt Dublin

5 Newmarket, Dublin 8, Dublin, Ireland 8

This workshop is open to all levels focusing on the Djembe and Dunun drums of West Africa. Rhythms from Mali and Guinea. Taught by Paul McElhatton who has been studying African percussion for 15 years in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and In the Ghanaian drum and Dance Ensemble in SOAS, University of London.

This workshop will be accompanied by live drumming and include an energetic warm-up and a lengthy cool down as well as learning a traditional West African dance choreography.
It’s open to everyone…the basic steps of African dance will be demonstrated and how the rhythm and dance go hand in hand will be explained making it very accessible to all levels (dancers or not!)
~ Taught by Shiv who has been studying,teaching,playing,travelling and obsessing in all things West African for nearly 10years :)

Cost: €15 (per workshop) or only €25 for both!


Kamele n’goni workshop – Dublin, Saturday 21st November

A Donso (hunter) performs at a mask festival in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

A Donso (hunter) performs at a mask festival in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

The Kamele n’goni (young persons harp) is a harp-oud from the Mandingue region of West Africa (especially Mali and Burkina Faso). This instrument originates from the 6 string donso (hunter) n’goni which is instrumental to hunter ceremonies, accompanying the singers praises of great hunters and taunts to other hunters to prove their hunting prowess.

This workshop will explore some of the rudiments of Kamele n’goni playing, including some interesting rhythms and some technique excersise to improve your playing,

Workshop presented by Paul McElhatton who has been travelling to West Africa studying percussion and kamele n’goni for over 15 years. He has studied Kamele n’goni in both Burkina Faso and Mali. He is the founder of Afro-Eire and the group Manden Express.

Sat 21st November – 11am – 3pm
Cost – 35e

An Introduction to African Drumming (Djembe & Dunun)

Thusrday 5th November – 7-9pm                               The Lab, Foley st, Dublin 1.


Rhythm is highly important to life in rural Africa, it breaks up the mundane tasks of the day such as pounding grain and turns it into a rhythmic adventure. All stages of life are accompanied by drumming in certain areas of West Africa. Births, , coming of age, planting, harvesting, marriage…. All have their specific rhythms.

This workshop is open to all levels focusing on the Djembe and Dunun drums of West Africa. Rhythms from Mali and Guinea. Taught by Paul McElhatton who has been studying African percussion for 15 years in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and In the Ghanaian drum and Dance Ensemble in SOAS, University of London.

He has toured as Far afield as Mexico and Egypt . He is the founder of the group Manden Express where he plays Malian hunter harp.

Cost – 15euro
Drums can be provided
Booking Essential – contact



West African Mande Music masterclass with Paul McElhatton


Open to everybody, regardless of music background. You only need an interest in music and rhythm in particular!

Admission: €15 for general public, €5 for students of The Jazz Lab ensembles.
No need for booking although you can reserve places by emailing (particularly for groups of 5+)

‘Mande Music’ refers to music that encompasses modern day Mali and the Sahel countries of Guinea, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire to name a few. Famed as the ‘cradle of musical civilisation’ according to multi award winning artist Toumani Diabate, the region is known for its’ diverse range of instrumentation and musical styles.

This masterclass will explore the development of various musical styles native to this part of Africa, which have had a massive influence on contemporary blues and jazz music. We will be breaking down some traditional and contemporary pieces for performance on Western instruments such as bass, guitar and drums, offering an insight into the feel of this music.

Paul McElhatton has been traveling to study in West Africa for over 15 years. He has studied traditional percussion in Mali, Gambia, Guinea and Senegal and Kamele n’goni harp in Burkina Faso., and in the School of Oriental studies (SOAS), University of London. He is the Founder of Afro-Eire and Manden Express.

Where: Griffith College Dublin

More info:

Felabration 2015 – Yankari (EP launch), Manden Express & Lex Woo. 16th October


Yankari Afrobeat Collective was created by a musical trio of friends and brothers that have have played together at gigs and festivals for over fifteen years with several bands. Including Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble, Rhythm Africana, Oleku, Simi Crowns and other numerous projects and collaborations.

Segun Akano, Gabriel Akujobi and Micheal Akano, are die-hard multi-talented fans of Fela and hope to further advance the “original” afrobeat genre by incorporating new experimental sounds whilst also keeping the traditional groove elements of the afrobeat musical genre.

The trio are originally from Nigeria. They draw from their cultural and ancestral rhythms, infused with other world music elements and instruments, to give off a vibrant sound with a distinctive message of freedom, hope and justice. They have created an energetic sound that is groovy, steady and reminiscence of the 60’s and 70’s sounds created by afrobeat greats with a modern twist. Though a trio, their individuality shines through and blends in their songs. Welcome to a new age of Original Afrobeat. Yeah Yeah!!


Manden Express
Manden Express is a thrillingly explosive Dublin-based international band, fusing traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire of what is now known as Mali, alongside infectious Afrobeat rhyhms. Inspired by village, Wassalou (Oumou Sangare) styles and the explosion of new musical influences that merged with African music in the 1960’s it blends Kamele n’goni harp, Kora, djembe, and drums with Electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns.

The septet is the only group of it’s type in Ireland, charged with rhythmic energy and weaving together a wealth of experience in African music and other styles like flamenco, jazz, funk and rock, with band members hailing from Sierra Leone, Spain, Peru and Ireland. Manden Express have appeared at Bray Jazz Festival, Down With Jazz Festival, The Big Bang Festival, Love live music 2013, Body and Soul Festival and the Drogheda Samba Festival, Sweeney’s Carnival, Whelanslive Dublin, Culture Night Dublin, Dublin Tropical – Africa V’s Brazil @ The Grand Social amongst others. They have also supported international acts such as The Souljazz Orchestra.

Manden have been trailblazing around Ireland the past couple of years with their incredible live show, selling out The Sugar Club and featuring at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul festivals.

Manden CD

Manden Facebook


Tickets – Felabration

Venue – The Sugar Club 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, Ireland D 2

Date – Oct 16 at 8:00pm to Oct 17 at 3:00am

Djembe & Dunun intensive workshop (Mali style) – 27/9/15

In this intensive workshop students will get a grounding in Malian style djembe and Dunun.

Mali style differs from the more well known Guinean style in the swing of the rhythm and the placement of of some of the dunun notes which in my opinion make for a funkier more laid back feel.

The workshop will be given by Paul McElhatton who has studied extensively in West Africa and is the founder of West African groupManden Express. These rhythms were learnt from Master drummer Drissa Kone from Mali.

This workshop is suitable for djembe players and percussionists with some experience of playing. Djembe, Dunun and Solo parts will be taught.

Venue: The Lab, Foley St, Dublin.

Date: 27th September 2015

Time: 11.30am – 4.30pm

Cost:: 25euro or 45euro for 2 people (go make some drummy friends).

Bookings available at

African Drumming and Dance Workshops for Schools

‘When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life…’  The New York Times.   Download our 2015-2016 African drumming and dance brochure for schools

African drumming in schools Ireland

African drumming and Dance Workshops  for schools Ireland



Everyone can play drums. Everybody has the ability to make music. And Kids make the best drum students of all… They learn faster than adults and the simplicity of their understanding process allows them to grasp complex polyrhythms. Our drumming workshops specialise in team building, communication, creativity, relaxation, education cooperation and having a lot of fun. We provide an easy access into African rhythms for all ages and abilities. Everybody has a part to play in the workshop, from the big bass drums that set the rhythm in motion, to the bright and cheerful djembe drums that provide the groove, the sharp and clear bell rhythms guiding the way and the loose sounding shakers bringing it all together, making it clear and evident that everybody is helping everyone else.

Workshops facilitated by Paul McElhatton an Irish based percussionist with extensive teaching and performance experience. Whats involved? Our African drumming workshops allow students to learn by listening to each other. Each workshops involves rhythms games, an introduction to the different drums and cultures of Africa and a great rhythm to follow. Cost We provide all the instrument required and can cater for 25 to 40 students at a time. A typical session lasts for around 50 minutes and it is possible to make five workshops in a day.

Interactive workshop/performance (ideal for large groups).

This event is suitable for groups of 80 +. Includes demonstrations of drumming and dance followed by inclusive singing, body percussion and dance.  Workshop lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. Or 45 min x 2 for groups exceeding 100.  (Includes three facilitators).

Songhoy Blues (Mali) – Whelans, Dublin. 21st October 2015

It wasn’t long after their performance at Body & Soul festival in June that Mali’s Songhoy Blues announced a full show for Dublin this October.  Billed as Mali’s next big thing (from a seemingly endless stream of music) the band played a blinding set at their Sunday afternoon performance at Body & Soul.  In the intimate surrounds of Whelans expect a sweaty and laden dance floor.

Manden Express - Afro-Eire

Songhoy Blues Dublin

The band originates from the Gao region of Northern Mali, a region that was at the centre of the Islamist take over that occurred  in 2012.  The band featured on on Damon Albarns Maison de Jeunes compilation album in 2014.  Their new album Music in Exile has received critical acclaim,.




Africa Day Dublin – May 24th 2015

Africa day is back again this year in Farmleigh House in the Pheonix Park form 11am to 6pm.  Africa Day has become slightly more ‘African’ in the last few years largely due to the proliferation of new African acts in the Capital such as Manden Express, Tig Linn, Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble, Riza, Kempes & Dangana, and several others.  Back at the top of the bill again are Kila. In fairness they were probably the first people I ever saw playing a Djembe!!

So lets start with this years new offerings.

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