2019 Diverse Drumming Workshops

This program is an initiative that has evolved over many years and through many different styles of drumming. In 2019 the program will be focused on West African Drumming. 

These active and engaging workshops aim to educate students in West African drumming techniques using djembe drums and dunduns. Led by our experienced tutor Yacou Mbaye, these workshops develop rhythm patterns and culminate in a performance work that can be taken back to school and shared with the school community.

Students and teachers attending this workshop can expect to learn about performing in an ensemble, keeping in  time and following a leader, different percussion instruments with a focus on the Djembe Drum, correct techniques for endurance and great sound, learning various rhythms that form a performance piece, and improvisation.

Applications for Diverse Drumming are currently CLOSED.

The program will be held in Term 1, Week 5. There is a participant fee of $33.00 per student (incl GST) with the workshop running from 9 am – 2.30 pm on the day.

Workshop Dates and Venues:

Dates and venues to be confirmed.


Workshop Schedule:




Registration / set up


Names of drums / Basic techniques


Fundamentals: time keeping, coordination Djembe – Rhythms #1 ,#2 & #3; Bell rhythms; Call




Add dunduns; add more auxiliary percussion; How the performance is structured


Lunch Break


Practice to performance standard; incorporate improvisation




Session End


TutorPicture of Drumming Tutor
Yacou was born in Dakar, Senegal and coming from a family of musicians, it is no wonder that from a tender age he exhibited a flair for music and dance. He has relocated to Australia a few years ago and performs in many diverse professional groups across the country. He specialises in the tama, dun duns and sabar. Yacou also has tutored African drumming and dance with community and school groups over many years. His energy for African music is contagious and inspiring.


For further information please contact:

Arts Initiatives and Events Officer Ph: (02) 8512 1190 Catherine.gilholme@det.nsw.edu.au

Arts Initiatives Support Officer Ph: (02) 8512 1170 ArtsInitiatives@det.nsw.edu.au