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IIn South Africa, drumming workshops are quite popular with those who love music, those who love a bit of new-age therapy and those who enjoy a bit of both. Just think of it – starry skies and the thump of African drums reverberating through the air…
Drumming workshops offer participants the opportunity to get together with like-minded souls and enjoy a few hours pounding away on African drums. There are a number of private companies who will organise drumming workshops for groups, usually at an outdoor location.
These drumming workshops in South Africa work around the theme of raising one's vibration by pounding away at a djembe or a variety of different African drums. The facilitators of these workshops will guide you in the basics of drumming – so it's not quite a free for all – and then as a group you will make a unified sound. Generally, drumming circles take place in the outdoors and are especially enjoyable on warm summer evenings.
South African drumming workshops are spread out in different areas. The Klitsgras Drumming circle hosts regular drumming events around the country. Their home base is in Pretoria and you can book to participate in a drumming workshop facilitated by musician Andries Bruyns.
In Cape Town, you can enjoy interactive drumming workshops with brother and sister team, Julie and Johnny Blundell through their company, The Rhythm Workshop. Groups can be anything from 10 to 3 000 people, and Johnny and Julie believe in the unifying power of music to bring people together.
There are branches of Drum Cafe in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, as well as around the globe. This experiential company offers interactive and group drumming of various styles including Zulu drumming, fusion drumming and gumboot dancing. The Drum Cafe will also teach participants to gumboot dance, if required.
Drumming SA organises drumming events nationwide and specialises in team-building drumming sessions. They'll also throw in a fire-eating display as an added extra.
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Who to contact
The Rhythm Workshop
Tel: +27 (0)82 572 1905
Tel: +27 (0)11 493 0809
Tel: +27 (0)83 311 0025
Best time to visit
Anytime is a good time to enjoy the benefits of drumming workshops.
What will it cost?
Costs vary depending on how long the workshops run for.
Length of stay
Some workshops last for an hour or 2, while others last for a day or a weekend.
What to pack
If you are going to be drumming outdoors all day you'll need sunglasses, a hat, sunblock and bottled water.
What to eat
Bring supplies along unless otherwise notified.
Buy a traditional African drum at an African market or art and craft gallery.