African Marimba Workshop
Half Day • Full Day
The African marimba builds on the percussive element of the African drum by adding harmonious melodic expression. Using soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas to build an ensemble, participants get the wonderful opportunity to learn, play and create wonderful rhythms and melodies as a marimba band, and have a great time whilst doing so.
Weekly Marimba Group Class
We run a weekly group marimba class in London, every Wednesday from 6 - 7:30pm. Find out more and book your place here.
African Mbira (Kalimba) Workshop
Half day • Full Day
The African mbira (or kalimba) is a beautiful instrument with a sound that has traditionally been used in the southern parts of Africa as a spiritual pathway for guidance and healing. Our mbira workshops typically include singing and are a lovely way to relax through music. We teach using the mbira nyunga nyunga from Zimbabwe and workshops can be private or delivered to groups. Mbira dzavadzimu (nhare) workshops are also available.
Weekly Mbira Group Class
We run a weekly group mbira class in London, every Wednesday from 7:30 - 8:30pm. Find out more and book your place here.
African Singing Workshop
Half day • Full day
There’s an African proverb that says "if you can talk you can sing". Singing is a wonderful collective and creative outlet, documented for its far reaching mental and physiological benefits. Singing African folk songs is a great way to learn about southern African culture and experience the warm spirit of the continent. Our focus is on traditional songs with elements of mbube and call and response - in languages such as ChiShona, IsiNdebele, IsiXhosa IsiZulu and SeTswana.
African Dance Workshop
Half day • Full day
Rhythm and movement are central components of African cultural expression. Our dance workshops are a great way to explore traditional movements from the continent. We cover both southern African traditional as well as contemporary African dance in general, and our workshops are suitable for all ages and all ability levels.
African Storytelling Workshop
Half day • Full day
Storytelling has always been a central part of life in Africa. Our storytelling is not only done through narration, but we tell our stories through song and dance as well, and this has always been an important part of African cultural expression. Our storytelling workshops can be passive, where participants get to listen to stories from the continent with live instrumentation and participation, or they can be centred around participants learning how to tell their own stories and getting the opportunity to perform them.
For more information
To enquire about booking an African music, song, dance or storytelling workshop, use the tab below.
We deliver all our music workshops by ear, the traditional African way, which enables students to more freely engage their senses and be present in the music and experience as a whole. All our workshops require absolutely no previous experience or knowledge of music, song or dance - or of African music in general.
Workshops can be as short as 30 minutes long, typically better suited for absolute beginners or young children, or as long as one hour to an hour and a half. Bookings can be made for half a day, a full day, or over several days.
Workshop And Concert Combo
Combining a day of workshops with a live show is a lovely way to not only treat participants but also enrich their experience. Our Taste of Southern Africa show presents a wonderful collection of folk songs from southern Africa - sharing with our audiences ancient rhythms, sounds and stories from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana using the marimba and mbira, accompanied by singing, drumming and dancing.
The concert can tie in participatory activities or general audience involvement, giving listeners a much greater, and invaluable, cultural learning experience.