African Drumming Courses – Beginner/Intermediate – 26 Sept 2018

We are back for our new terms of African Drumming Courses, starting Wednesday 26th September.  We have beginner and intermediate levels and all instruments are provided.

African drumming workshop

African drumming workshop

New Term Dates: September 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.

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

African Drumming Level 1 (Beginner)

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 🙂

Time – 6.45 – 8pm Cost – 75 euro.

Max 12 participants, minimum 8


African Drumming Level 2 (Intermediate/Advanced)  

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 – 75 euro.

Max 12 participants, minimum 8.


About the teacher

Paul McElhatton has been studying West African drumming for 20 years, including nearly 2 years of full time study in Mali, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Senegal, West Africa.

He has studied with with exceptional Master drummers including Drissa Kone (Mali), Tomas Camara (Ballet Djoliba, Guinea), Mamady Keita (Guinea), Babara Bangoura (Guinea).

He is the founder of Afro-Eire and West African groups Fakoli and Manden Express, and is a regular contributor on the Irish African music scene, including several performances with Ivorian djembe vituoso Sidiki Dembele.




Kamele n’goni weekend – August 17th to 19th 2018.

We are delighted to announce our first ever residential kamele n’goni weekend.

Situated in a beautiful old house in Laragh, Co Wicklow just a few minutes drive from the lakes of Glengalough.

So this is how it works. We would start the day with group warm ups and the basic bones of the groove for that session, afterwards everyone can find a little corner to play and I will go around everyone spending time adding to the rhythm individually.. So when you have one part down, I will come back with improvisations for you. Then we can all get together again in the evening to play.

Please take a look at some information on Kamele n’goni here and check out some of our free Kamele n’goni lessons so you may know what to expect. The lakes of Glendalough

About the Teacher

Paul McElhatton has been studying West African music for over 18 years and kamele n’goni for 12 years.  He studied Kamele n’goni in Burkina Faso with masters Ibrahama Sanou and Drissa Diarra.  Since then he has gone on to form and perform with groups including Manden Express and the Sidiki Dembele Sextet.

Cost – 160euro including bed and tuition.