African Drumming Ensemble – January 2018

Get some African rhythm in your life for 2018.


African drumming workshops

New Term Dates 2018: 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st January, 7th and 14th January

Venue: Temple Lane Rehearsals, Curve St, Temple Bar, Dublin

Now entering our third year of African Drumming Ensembles we are delighted to offer our new term for January 2018. Whether you just want to have fun and meet new people or seriously develop your rhythm skills we have ensembles for everyone. Everyone has rhythm and African drumming is accessible to everyone.

We focus on the Djembe and Dunun drums from Guinea and Mali in West Africa. These drums are a central part of life in the village and at weddings and street parties in the city.  Some rhythms are played for fun and others have more serious social contexts.

Level 1 – No previous experience is necessary.. This workshop will introduce participants to the key patterns of West African rhythms and why they are played. We will explore the different sounds of the djembe drum and how to play together as a group. Mainly we will have a lot of fun ?

Drums are provided, but please bring your own if you have one.

Time – 6.45 – 8pm Cost – 90 euro.

Max 12 participants, minimum 8


Level 2 – Attending African drumming workshops or playing regularly for six months or more. This workshop will focus, on traditional rhythms, techniques, solos and arrangements. Participants can play djembe and/or dunun. We will also explain some common methods of notating rythms and students can record all parts.
 Time – 8.15 – 9.30pm Cost – 90 euro.

Max 12 participants, minimum 8.

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 is founder of West African music groups Manden Express, Fakoli and Afro Eire.

For more information contact Paul at