Djembeschool was inspired by Mamady Keita's Tam Tam Mandingue School in Brussels. It was set up in 2001 by Eliza Dickie (now Eliza Wylie) to provide tuition in traditional West African Djembe and dance.
In 2003 Eliza began organising regular weekend workshops and courses in African music and dance for adults in London. This included weekend workshops and summer courses with Seckou Keita, Landing Mané, Baba Kone, Sonja Van Bockstaele and Seny Touré. More recently she co-organised the Mamady Keita weekend in High Wycombe in 2008 with Justine Hart of Hartbeats
SInce having her first child Eliza has chosen to further develop her skills in Early Years music and continue training in the Kodaly and Dalcroze methodologies that fit so well with traditional African music and dance.
Djembeschool works in teams of two or three facilitators running workshops in schools delivering Djembe, dance and singing programmes. We are known for our dynamic delivery and passion for West African music and dance.
Currently our lead facilitators are:
Landing Mané makes learning complicated rhythms seem easy. A workshop leader who establishes an immediate rapport with students, Landing teaches African drumming in a way that allows students to acquire musical skills and knowledge of their West African contexts. Students thoroughly enjoy their experience of working with Landing.
Mohammed Dordoh trained at the Academy of African Music & Arts in Ghana, and has been performing and teaching for approximately 20 years in Ghana and the UK. Mohammed was a lead dancer in Strictly African Dancing on BBC1 and has been running workshops in schools, colleges and at community events for many years.
Together we work in a variety of educational settings ranging from Infant and Junior Schools, to Secondary Schools and Higher and Further Education Colleges. We contribute to Continuing Professional Development teacher training courses and work with Local Education Authorities to provide larger-scale residency work.
Our other members include freelance artists, teachers and music educators. All focus upon the development of musicianship through a deeper understanding and experience of West African music.
In the past we have worked with many other freelance performing artists and musicians from West Africa, France, Germany, Belgium, the UK and the US including...
Seckou Keita, Ousmane Mane, Ernest Obeng, Aliou Diallo, Baba Kone, Ousmane Seye, N'Faly Kouyate, Mamady Keita, Cece Koly, Youssouf Traore, Elion Gilbert, Seny Toure, Salifou Syllah, Thierry Malard, Alicia Davies, Muriel Kouyate, Tobias Sturmer, Sonja Toure, Simon Abbott and Lou Ciccotelli.