Drum circles are the perfect way to liven up any event and introduce people to the joys of African drumming.
Popular with Community programs, Festivals, Corporate team building activities and school holiday programs, our drum circles are guaranteed to get participants grooving to the beat of Africa through singing, clapping, drumming and dancing to African rhythms. An African Oz Drum ‘n’ Dance drum circle really sets the scene for any event, as people are instantly drawn to the circle of drums, colourful costumes and infectious smiles of the performers singing and calling them to come and join the circle.
What is a drum circle?
A drum circle is a facilitated music making experience where participants are led through a series of upbeat and easy to do rhythms through call and response on their own drum.
Led by traditional musicians wearing bright African costumes, our African drum circles really create a buzz in any environment, giving participants the opportunity to experience something unique while also learning and having a great time. As we live in a very busy and fast paced world it can be difficult to find the time to relax, connect with others and feel part of the community, which in turn leaves people feeling disconnected from each other. A drum circle is the perfect way to bring to people together in a way that they may have never experienced before. They get to connect with others, express their own rhythm and make music together while also learning about another culture, promoting left and right brain coordination and developing a sense of belonging. Most of all they get to have fun while doing so!
Our drum circles are set up in a way that makes people feel comfortable to join in; with African drums set out in front of chairs and no attention being given to just one person. Participants feel free to join in and play for as little or as long as they like, often moving on and then returning again later. The rhythm is infectious and adults and children alike are drawn to picking up a drum and participating.
What are the benefits of African drum circles?
Evidence has shown that African drum circles have many positive effects on one’s mind, body and soul. From the outside a drum circle may just look like a lot of fun (which it is!) however the benefits to the individual and community as a whole are extraordinary and go far deeper than what meets the eye. In a specific study conducted by Barry Bittman, MD, from the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, group drumming was proven to increase cancer-killing cells, which help the body combat cancer and other viruses. You can read more about Dr Bittman’s research here
In addition to this extraordinary result, group drumming has been proven to have many other positive effects including:
- The release of feel good chemicals (endorphins) that make us happy
- Boosting memory
- Reduction in stress and tension
- Improving concentration
- Strengthening the immune system
- Alleviates the symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Helps to control chronic pain
- Creating a sense of connection with others
- Stimulates left and right brain coordination
- Teaches team work and cooperation
- Increases self esteem
- Develops confidence
- Increase in creativity and self-expression
There are also huge benefits to a community when they come together through a drum circle or group drumming experience. African drum circles can:
- Help break down barriers and connect people from different races, religions, ages, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds
- Increase satisfaction with one’s community
- Promote and celebrate cultural diversity
- Foster community spirit
- Unite people through a shared experience
- Help people to feel safe and valued
- Encourage people to be active
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Here’s what some of our past clients have said about us –
“The African Oz Drum ‘n’ Dance crew were an absolute highlight of our event. Their workshop set up alone set a fascinating and engaging scene for the impending activities. The crew were generous with their flexibility when we had some last minute changes to our event program and we couldn’t thank them enough for that especially when they had travelled from Perth. The crew present an exciting workshop and our audience participation was the biggest I have ever seen. Adults and children alike delighted in the opportunity to learn some drumming and enjoy the music. They followed up with a dance performance that thoroughly entertained all our attendees. We will not hesitate to book the African Oz Drum N Dance crew for our next event!” Tessa Phipps, Community development officer, Satterly Group.
Here’s a little taste of a one of our recent African Drum circles!