African Drumming Ensemble – level 1 & 2 – Starting November 1st 2017

Dates: November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, December 6th

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

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.

Level 1 – No experience 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 (80 with own djembe).
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