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African Music Education for All

Eliza Wylie

Djembeschool Director

Eliza has been learning and playing Mandingue music since '92. She spent '94-'95 in West Africa mainly in Guinea and in Burkina Faso where she studied with the dance troupe Koba based in Bobo Dioulasso and has been visiting West Africa on a regular basis since then to further her experience of traditional music and dance.

She spent two years in Brussels at Guinean musician Mamady Keita's Djembe school "Tam Tam Mandingue". She has organised many workshops and performances for African artists in the UK and Scotland; she also worked as assistant to the Manager of the Les Ballets Africains and Fela Kuti. 

She plays with Vieux Bakayoko's performance troupe

Hamana Bjemakan

Until 2009 she worked as a sessional music teacher for Ealing Music Service and ran the Djembe Ensemble at Kingston University. She has also run music projects in schools in collaboration with other musicians, including the project "Maths Moves" in Lambeth with Dalcroze specialist Sian Davies. 

Since having her little boy Simeon in August 2009 she has decided to further train in Early Years music and develop her knowledge of the Kodaly Methodology of teaching music through singing. She will be starting a music group for babies and toddlers in Hersham in September 2010.