Dive into the world of djembe with our beginners' community classes! These fully hands-on classes have an emphasis on having fun and are the perfect way to start your journey into West African music. Grab a djembe from our collection and discover your inner rhythm, with expert guidance from the one and only Magic Mike.
Get ready for an exhilarating learning experience where we explore traditional West African rhythms over six-week cycles, culminating in biannual student performances.
Born in Zimbabwe, Mike began his musical life with the rhythms of Southern Africa, practicing a variety of musical disciplines since 1998. In 2015 his passion drifted westward to discover the djembe, and intensified when he moved to Melbourne and continued his learning under Simon Fraser and Bassidi Koné. He regularly performs with fiery ensemble Dunu Teké and spends his practice time developing his understanding of West African rhythm. He believes that music is inside each of us - it's just a matter of learning how to speak its language.
- Learn basic techniques on the djembe (Bass, Tone and Slap)
- Develop rhythm, groove, and dexterity
- Experience the joys and benefits of community music
- 10% student discount storewide
- Access to our social media networks and learning resources
- Introduction to the fulfilling West African music community
- Just bring yourself! You don’t need your own drum, we have plenty.
Casual - wear something in which you can sit comfortably with a djembe between your knees.
Beginners. No experience required at all.
Try our Intermediate Class, right after the Beginners at 8pm.
Vendor since 2015
Established in 1997, African Drumming has become Australia’s trusted name in West African music.
We are dedicated to sharing the music and culture of West Africa in all that we do: through classes, workshops, study tours and performances which connect a wide audience with this powerful music. Not to mention our instruments! We are one of the largest African music stores in Australia and we love our drums.
In 2011 we relocated from a little store in Grey Street to a larger purposed Head Quarters @ 252 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda. Our HQ houses both the brains and brawn of the operation, with our showroom, studios, offices, warehouse and the all important drum making workshop here under one jamming roof. We love it in St Kilda!
We have a nation-wide network of drummers and dancers under our banner and operate across Australia. Our team includes performers and drum makers from around West Africa such as Mali, Senegal, Ghana and of course homegrown talent too.
We’re always looking to the future and constantly working on the next big project, event and product.