Our GCSE and A level music workshops will be planned with you to meet your learning objectives. We recommend working with your practitioner to focus on a piece from their homeland, this brings the deepest and most emmersive experience for your students. However, of course, as professional musicians our practitioners can also work with a piece of your choosing for example an adaptation of Yiri by Koko.
Drumming workshops will be taught with the song that accompanies that rhythm, commonly in a call and response format. GCSE and Alevel drumming workshop will be supplemented with a number of other instruments to make up the rhythm. In addition to the 30 djembe, each practitioner has with them as standard the cow bell which forms the frame for the tune, the shaker, xylophone (balafon) and the Dun Dun base drum. Whilst willing to work to your requirements our practitioners are most skilled in rhythms from Sene-Gambia, Guinea or Ghana - depending on where they are from!
Your workshop will bring the cultural context of the music to life and enable your students to be hands on with authentic professional grade instruments.
As well as Djembe workshops we are also able to offer Kpanlogo, Ghanaian drums, originally played by the Ga and now played all across Ghana. They are highly versatile and can be played both with sticks and hands. Traditionally they are played in groups of six drums, with great tonal and pitch variety between the drum sizes. Complex poly-rhythms make up the beat.
Timetabling a workshop
We will work with you to maximise the opportunity. We will provide you with a timetable prior to the event.
We are happy to work with one class for a whole or a half day, equally we can work in shorter hour long sessions.
£385 Full Day (Max 6 hours)
£320 Half Day (Max 3 hours)
This is teaching time. Set up and break down is not charged but practitioners would be very grateful for help from the school!
Plus travel expenses
Price Match Guarantee
Booking with African Activities guarantees an authentic and quality experience. If you are quoted for an equivalent workshop at a cheaper price, we will match it.
The kids were really buzzing after the workshops and every single one that I asked said they thought it was brilliant. I will definitely be recommending you to colleagues in other schools and hope that we can use you again.
The hurligham Academy
This was an absolutely fantastic and worthwhile experience for our students. The performance at the end of the day made them feel incredibly proud and confident - a brilliant day facilitated by the happiest workshop leaders I've ever worked with.
All of the students have had such a valuable experience, and we have had excellent feedback regarding your company. Kwame was evidently very experienced, and engaged with the students really well. He also worked with the school's agenda, and the day ran very smoothly. I hope that we will be able to work with you again next year.
BASINGSTOKE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
It was great as always!! The learners were really interested, got involved and we had some fantastic feedback. They said: it was amazing, epic, learnt something new and thoroughly enjoyed myself
Thanks so much for the workshops today. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. (Children and Adults!)
We love your passion and enthusiasm and we learnt so much from you about your culture. We will definitely be in touch about booking some more workshops next year.
We had an absolutely super morning with Kwame and team – they were so friendly and pitched the sessions at exactly the right level. The girls and staff had a super time!