The home of West African drumming, djembe, dancing and music; welcome to DRUMCULTURE. Operating a Cultural Music School in The Gambia, Drumculture was created several years ago and is now run by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic musicians from the UK, Gambia, Guinea and other West African countries. Its roots stem from a love of traditional African drums and dance, particularly from the Mandingue (or Malinke) culture (see African drumming).
I was once told by one Djembe Master that in African drumming there are over 36 different sounds that you can get from the djembe and, one night when I heard him playing a long djembe solo, I must have heard him make almost all of them. He was able to make the djembe 'talk' and 'sing' in a melodic way that truly inspired me and the rest of the appreciative audience. That is the true magic of the djembe (see djembe).
We sell a wide range of fair-trade, superior quality African instruments for both the beginner and professional player. As individuals and professional players ourselves, we've experienced some of the frustrations that can arise when purchasing and we make a promise that we will do our best to make sure that your experience of buying from us is a good one; after all we want you to come back and buy more! (see African instruments).
Want to combine wonderful climate, beautiful beaches, peaceful environment and incredible music with the finest music tuition? Then come and join us in The Gambia at our Music and Cultural School drumming holidays where we teach djembe, dun-dun, kora, balafon and traditional West-African dance.
Our school is located near the town of Serrekundah, Southern Gambia, with the coast just a short taxi-ride away. The school truly is a small paradise, with exotic birds passing by throughout the day. From the moment you enter, you will be overcome with a feeling of peace and tranquility; the perfect environment for drumming. The school is our home and you will be made to feel part of the family (even learn some African cooking if you like!).
Our principal teacher is Libon Traore, a master drummer with the African Ballet group in Gambia. Born in Guinea Conakry into the Susu tribe, Libon has a great depth of knowledge of West-African music and traditions. His mother, Mbaliya Keita, is a famous singer in Guinea Conakry and it was she who gave him his love of music (see drumming holiday).
Our whole lives are surrounded by African drums, they aren't just our passion, they are everything that we do. We want to use that experience to help you to share in our love of African music and culture (see African drums).
DRUMCULTURE can provide djembe tuition in the UK at a drum workshop, some of it at established workshops, (see drum workshop).