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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose African Drumming Parties for my party?

African Drumming Parties are really FUN! Both kids and adults love to make music and always want to have a go at drumming, so added together these are the perfect ingredients for a great party! Group drumming is great for teambuilding and sounds amazing when everyone is playing together. Most importantly, African drumming is a great insight into music making - anyone can do it and no previous experience is needed to join in!

What sort of activities do you do?

We have a wide range of activities that we do - and always include a mix in every party. We'll always include some games (both musical games and traditional games with a twist) - some current favourites are Rhythm Detective and Hide & Seek. In most parties we also get the participants playing and layering rhythms up to coincide with a story. With slightly older children or adults there may be slightly less games with more of an educational party looking at more traditional African rhythms and styles.

What is the best age for participants?

In short, any age! However for children's parties we recommended that the majority of participants are over 7 years of age. However, we appreciate that many will have younger siblings/family who can be accomodated so that they don't miss out! If you are unsure about this, drop us an email to info@africandrummingparties.co.uk and we'll be happy to discuss your situation.

What instruments do you use?

The main drums we use are traditional north-west african drums called Djembes (pronounced "jem-bay"). Although traditionally wooden, most of our drums are modern equivalents made from fibreglass - this keeps the weight down for the children. Smaller djembes are available for smaller children.

As well the djembes, we use a mix of shakers and bells to supplement some of the rhythms.

What areas do you cover?

We are based in Eastleigh and our "local area" includes Winchester, Romsey, Southampton and Fareham. However we can travel further afield, please ask for a quote.

What costs are involved?

The base prices for our party packs are available on the parties page, however all prices depend on the requirements and details of each event. Therefore, please use the contact page to ask us for a personalised quote.

All prices include local travel expenses, use of all African Drumming Parties' instruments and equipment, plus administration fees.

We will send you a contract. To secure the booking, please sign and return the contract with a 30% deposit. The full amount may be paid prior to the party or on arrival at the venue. This can be paid by cheque, cash or bank transfer. If you would like to pay in instalments, then we may be able to come to an arrangement .

If you provide the venue, what can I expect?

Most of our recommended venues are town/village halls or Scout huts and all have a main hall to host your party. All venues have seperate male and female toilets and a kitchen with a fridge and oven. Venue specific details are available on booking.

If I provide the venue, what are your requirements?

Each player requires around 1.5 metre sq of space, and a chair. A venue with a high ceiling is always better, however not essential.

All African Drumming Parties facilitators have had full CRB checks however we do ask that there are a sensible number of adults/parents present to supervise children. Our suggested ratio is 1/6 for under 12s.

 

Externally, it is always useful if the venue has good access where our equipment can be unloaded close to the door.

What's the best time for a party?

Weekdays after school from 4pm onwards are usually a good time, or at weekends, either late morning, early afternoon or late afternoon.

If you are looking at fitting African Drumming Parties into your party, then it is usually best to do the drumming session early on whilst concentration and excitement is high!

 

 

Have another question?

We're always happy to answer any questions you may have. Just email us at info@africandrummingparties.co.uk