Saturday Adults mix level workshop with Alex

West African traditional and contemporary rhythms

For improvers and advanced*

Date: Every Saturday, 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Finsbury Park Art Club – North London

This workshop aims to introduce you to a wide variety of drumming techniques focussing on the accuracy of the sound and the beat. This focus on precision will ensure a confident progress in your play.

  • One of the benefits of this course lies in the refinement of your general listening ability through the use of fundamental polyrhythmic structures.
  • You will learn to master your timing through the slow and fast tempos of traditional accompanying djembé rhythms, which are ubiquitous in West Africa. The main rhythms we will focus on are those of the traditional celebratory dances like the Demba Dong, the Marka Dong, Mandjani, Janssa, Koukou, Doundounba, Wolofo Dong to name but a few …

We will also:

  • focus on the meaning of these different rhythms in their historical and contemporary contexts.
  • do percussive language exercises using rhythmic mime.
  • practice classic and improvised solos.

*Beginners are welcome to try and follow, but the session is aimed at those with drumming experience.


Enter the park through the gates on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park station. Follow the fence round on the left with 2 children’s play areas close to each other. Enter through the gate in front of the last play area and follow the path up to the Art Hut.

How much?

Drop in price £12.50, concession prices available, please Contact us.
You can also book a free trial session at our afternoon workshops.

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