Manden Ensemble @ Drogheda Samba Festival 2013

The band had a very well received performance on the final night of the festival alongside Afro-Cuban percussion group Cachimbo.

Manden Ensemble

Manden Ensemble


Manden Ensemble @ Body and Soul Festival 2013

The Manden Ensemble played two performances at the Fusion Sundays tent.

Manden Express

Manden Express (Ensemble)

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Manden Ensemble – live @ Heuston Station – Love live Music 2013

Manden Ensemble - live at Heuston Station

The Manden Ensemble bring the warmth of Africa to Heuston Station with a rise and shine early morning show especially for commuters.

The Manden Ensemble is an international group of Artists fusing traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire of what is now known as Mali. Inspired by village, Wassalou (Oumou Sangare) styles and the explosion of new musical influences that merged with African music in the 1960’s. The music blends Kamele n’goni harp, djembe, and African bass drums (dunun) with Electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns.

This new project brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience of African music with styles ranging from flamenco to Santana.

live performance
Heuston Station
08:00 – 08:40
Paul McElhatton
Paul McElhatton

Weekly West African Drumming workshops – Djembe & Dunun.

Starting – TUESDAY 29TH JANUARY 2013 – 7-9pm

The Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh Main St (Beside LUAS stop).

Due to popular demand and after an 18 month absence weekly African drumming workshops are back!!!

These workshops will explore West African percussion music from Guinea, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire, the heartland of djembe music.  Every rhythm in has its purpose and these workshops will provide the context to the music.  From the Kassa harvest rhythms of the Malinke to the Zaouli mask dance of the Gouro people each piece is distinctive in its sound and significance.

He has also conducted significant research in social and political anthropology of West Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

A limited number of spaces are available for these weekly workshops and booking is essential.  Drums are provided, but if you have your own Djembe please bring it.  Dunun (bass drum) playing is actively encouraged.

Cost 12e/10e student/unwaged

A location picture can be found on the Arts centres website

Updates can be found on our facebook page

On our website

Or by contacting Paul on –  0860856498


Past Events

Sierra Leone: A Bitter Past to a Bright Future? A pre-concert panel discussion

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When Wednesday, 23 January 2013, 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Where National Concert Hall, Carolan Room
Admission Free, but please RSVP by contacting

Organised by Paul McElhatton, this fascinating panel discussion seeks to expand on the Waltons World Masters – Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars performance by exploring some of the contemporary issues that shape the social and political commentary of their music. The panel brings together a group of journalists, academics, charities and Sierra Leoneans resident in Ireland. These include Bríd Kennedy, Regional Director, Concern Worldwide, who is responsible for Concern’s work in a number of countries, including Sierra Leone, Haiti, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Liberia; former RTÉ journalist Dr Walt Kilroy, who has conducted extensive research on the disarmament of ex-combatants in Sierra Leone and Liberia; Kai Matturi, a Sierra Leonean resident in Ireland who is Chairperson of the Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership and a researcher and development specialist at Concern Worldwide; and Dr Tim Reeves, whose work has focused on the conditions that the International Monetary Fund has imposed on loans to Northern Sierra Leone.

African Drumming Workshop @ Fusion Market 13/1/13

Afro-Eire will be holding a short introductory session on West African Percussion this on Sunday the 13th January at the Fusion Market, Newmarket Sq, Dublin.

2.30pm – Drums Provided – Cost: 8e

April 2012.  School of Oriental and African Studies ‘Ghanaian drum and dance society’ – End of year performance.


SOAS Ghanaian drum and dance society

SOAS Ghanaian drum and dance society

September 12th :: All levels Workshop in West African Drumming.

SPACE 54, Smithfield, Dublin. 12-4pm. Exploring the rhythms of Guinea and Mali on the Djembe and Dunun drums.  All welcome and instruments are provided. Cost 25e.

June 14th :: Afro Eire Call for all drummers and aspiring drummers – Cavan.

Afro Eire will be running free workshops all week in Cavan town with a performance in the Cavan parade on Friday the 18th.

Facilitators include Niall Gregory of Afro Cuban group Cachimbo and Paul McElhatton of Afro Eire.

June 18th and 19th :: Afro Eire percussion and Friends.  Cavan Summer Festival. Cavan Town.

Afro Eire at Cavan Summer Festival

Afro Eire at Cavan Summer Festival

We are delighted to Welcome long time Mamady Keita student Jeremy Tomasck and members of his Belgian based group to Ireland for two performances which are highly recommended for all enthusiasts of African drumming.

June 18th Main Stage stage Cavan Fest.

June 19th The Meadow view bar Cavan.

June 26th :: Workshop in African Drumming.

Drogheda Samba Festival. Details to be confirmed.

June 26th :: Afro Eire presents the music of BURKINA FASO. 

The Drogheda Samba Festival. Details to be confirmed.

Afro-Eire @ Drogheda Samba Festival

Afro-Eire @ Drogheda Samba Festival


Its been a long coming, the first concert of music from Mali’s lesser known southern neighbor Burkina Faso. An infectious blend of African melodies and polyrhythmic grooves.



Kamele N’goni – Paul McElhatton.

Bass – Jose Dominguez

Violin – Roisin Dexter.

Congas – Niall Gregory

Calabash – Rob McCormish

Also to be seen at this years Festival of World cultures.

July 24th and 25th :: Free African drumming workshops

Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures. Newtown Smith green. 12-1pm. See for details.

Law Societies Calcutta run

15 May 2012

The Afro Eire team helps the runners out at the Law Societies Calcutta run.

One day workshop in the rhythms of Africa – 27 March 2012

Afro Eire will be holding a one day workshop in the rhythms of Africa for the Djembe drum. The workshop will take place on Saturday 27th of March from 12-5pm in the Temple lane rehearsal rooms in Temple bar.

The course is 30e/25e students. All instruments are provided and booking is advised.

Dublin Workshop with Jérémy Tomasck – 18 February 2012

Videos from the last workshop are now live!
Check them out in the courses section.

Learn Rhythms From West Africa – 22 February 2012

The second course of Traditional African drumming for 2012 will be starting Monday 22nd February.

Beginners/improvers: 6.30-8.15pm
Covering the techniques, sounds and rhythms of the Malinke, Sousou, Baga tribes of Guinea, West Africa, the home of the Djembe drum… Accompanied by full traditional bass drum (dunun) section. All welcome, no experience necessary and all drums provided.

Intermediate: 8.20-10.20pm
Advancing the techniques of the djembe and introducing the dunun drum.

Afro-Eire @ Dublin Marathon 2011

27 October 2011
Afro-Eire provided some rhythmic support to the runners at the Dublin City Marathon

Afro Eire playing at Dublin City Marathon 2009

Afro Eire playing at Dublin City Marathon 2011

Learn Rythms From West Africa

14th October 2011

The next 6 weeks course will start the 2nd of November 2011

Workshop @ Shebeen

25th September 2011


Dunun workshop

24th September 2010

There will be a dunun workshop on the 17th – 18th of October.

Learn Rythms From West Africa

10th September 2010