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African Drumming School Workshops

Bespoke workshops with African instruments

For 15 years David has developed professional and bespoke workshops for education establishments in Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Manchester, Trafford, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, West Midlands, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Montgomeryshire. He will arrive at your venue with a host of African instruments including djembes (hand drums) djuns (stick drums) balafon (African xylophone) calabash (African fruit) krin (log drum), tama (talking drum) a go-go bells, various shakers and clap sticks.

Age Groups

EYFS - Y13, Reception, Higher Education, Special Educational Needs (SEN)

African Drumming with Various Instruments

Every participant will have an instrument to play and during the workshop will have the chance to change their place to play another instrument.

David Woolley

David Woolley studied West African Djembe and Djuns under the guidance of Drum/Dance master Almami Kamara aka Maitre Samsou during his time in the Gambia. He also played with members of Allah Tantoo, Follocoh, Canella and African Ballet. During his visit, Almami Kamara’s newest group Joliba were rehearsing to perform during the new tourist season.

David Woolley

End of Day Performance

The end of day performance option to the workshops has been developed by David over a number of years. Each session during the day is tailored towards a performance for parents, other children etc. The performance contains an African song, drumming and dance with the children dressed in African shirts and head bands.


Prices range from only £150 for a half day.


Hi David Thanks so much! They fed back wonderful things about your workshop. The head said you brought joy to the school. "Hi Rachel We have had David in this morning for the drumming workshop. He was amazing! He spoke to the children well and taught them lots of information. He got them all involved in playing instruments but also dancing. The children who danced are not the most confident. It was lovely to see those children letting go and enjoying themselves. Everyone came to tell me how great he was. Many thanks," Thank so much.

Class Teacher, Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School, Derbyshire.

Hello David, Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful workshop with our Year 1 children. I was really impressed with the content and the pace of the morning sessions. They all achieved so much and the range of instruments they got to experience was really impressive. We have had messages from parents stating how excited the children were when they were telling them all about their day. Thanks again for a great day. Kind regards.

Ellen, St Catherine's Primary School, Leyland, Lancashire.

A great 'WOW day' to have as part of our topic which children loved. The practical aspect of the day was amazing. The children learnt lots of facts too. Highly recommend it!

Alice Humphrey, Oughtibridge Primary School, Sheffield

“Blind Veterans UK were lucky enough to host Joliba Drum and Dance in July 2014. All of the Veterans got really involved in the singing and drumming and were really enthralled by the history and culture of the African Drums and Music. We will definitely be inviting David and his team back for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Paula Sartain, Blind Veterans UK, Queens Road, Llandudno, LL30 1VE
About This Provider (Joliba West African Drum and Dance School)
Drum and Dance
Head Office: Joliba West African Drum and Dance School, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 6JF

Joliba offer various types of tuition including group workshops for schools and colleges, youth and community groups and individual development.

Available Regions

Locations in England
Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands
Locations in Wales
Denbighshire, Flintshire, Monmouthshire

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