BOOK AN EVENT
Are you planning an event in which you would like to have a live or virtual traditional African music performance / drumming performance?
Our live and authentic music performance / drumming performance, are available in English or French, and will make any festival, conference, product launch, achievement event, wedding, fundraiser, school black history Month event, or birthday party, a memorable event for all participants. (Virtual performance available).
Our close links with professional African musicians / percussionists in Toronto G.T.A allow us to work with the most skilled drummers / musicians. In collaboration with independent professional artists, we will enhance the event you might be planning, taking care of your entertainment needs, and simply working within your budget to bring you the best, most suitable, and unique drumming entertainment.
Make your event memorable with an authentic live drumming performance. We are available to perform anywhere in Toronto, Ontario, or anywhere in Canada.
Beyond the drummers, Traditional dancers and singers can also be included in our live concerts / drumming performances.
Expose school kids to some of Africa's huge traditions and cultures through fun music workshops, dance workshops, presentations, and live performances - (Virtual performance and virtual dance workshop also available).
We are an official TDSB partner (TDSB approved vendor), and have worked with most of the school boards, public, and private schools in the G.T.A.
With regards to workshops, schools usually book a one time workshop or a series with a school performance at the end.
Workshops, performances, and presentations are all available in English or French.
Would you like to have a fun presentation for a group of adults, adolescents or children?
We are very experienced in organizing many presentations, including multimedia power point presentations:
Presentation about the multiple musical instruments featured on this web site, Rhythm structure and composition presentation, and West African music history presentation.
Presentations can be made at the location of your choice anywhere in Canada, or at our Toronto location.
Presentations are available in English or French. (Virtual presentations also available
African drumming workshop
Would you like to have a fun African drumming workshop / circle for a group of adults / adolescents or children with no prior drumming experience?
We are very experienced in organizing group music workshops for schools, summer camps, birthday parties, or any organization.
Workshops can be run either in English or French!
These fun group workshops are focused on Guinean rhythms and traditions.
The specific composed piece of music for the workshop will be explained in detail, including the different patterns for each drum. (Doundoumba, Sangban, Kenkeni, 1st Djembe, 2nd Djembe..).
The teaching method is focused on developing intuitive understanding of West African percussion music in a fun environment.
Workshop levels and goals can be customized to suit the specific needs of your group.
All participants will get a chance to learn some basic Djembe drum playing technique, and discover Guinean rhythms, tradition and culture, through the practice of these traditional instruments in one of our fun dedicated group workshops.
Workshops can be run at the location of your choice, anywhere in Canada.
We will provide all the drums for your group.
Drum & dance retreat
Would you like to have a fun Team Building retreat, out of town, for a group of adults or teenagers?
We are available to organize your overnight Team building retreat, including any combination of our services: Drumming workshop, dance workshop, live interactive performance, and more..).
Retreats are available in English or French.
African music percussionist
Hire one or more versatile African percussionists for a recording or concert. Do you need a versatile African percussionist(s) / Djembe player(s) for a specific concert track, music recording, or documentary in Toronto G.T.A or elsewhere? Contact us to discuss how you could use our services for your project. Our African musicians have a broad experience not limited to African music - and performed / composed for bands from local to international touring artists.
Book a Team building activity at work, or offsite, and bond your team through fun and challenging entertainment and activities.
Would you like to have a fun interactive team building drum workshop for your team or a particular group in your company? Workshop levels and goals will be customized to suit the specific needs of your group. We provide all the drums, and no prior drumming experience is required.
You can also book a Live interactive music performance (Virtual performance also available).
We are very experienced in organizing corporate “Music team building” events, ice-breakers, and are able to run the event either in English or French!
Canadian companies and organizations are becoming increasingly diverse with people from all over the world, with employees having very different cultures and backgrounds, and different approaches to getting things done. It's not a secret that in any company, work efficiency can be improved by having a bonded team - each of your team member will then have the opportunity to contribute towards their group / department goals, using their full potential for the benefits of all.
Alpha worked in the corporate world for 15 years both in Europe and in North America, and is well aware of these types of workforce challenges.
Our Team building event is using the West African musical orchestra model from Guinea, as a unique, original, and fun icebreaker tool, to bring your team members closer to one another.
The event will also encourage them to communicate better, and will boost their morale.
If you've been looking for an event that can energize and motivate your team, look no further.
Our African drumming team building event is the perfect way to achieve this goal in a fun but challenging environment.
Throughout this authentic experience, all participants will be entertained, challenged, and will discover Guinean rhythms, tradition, and culture.
Any of these events can be run at the location of your choice.
Dance workshop - live drumming
Would you like to have a fun African dance workshop with live drumming for a group of adults/ adolescents, or children having no prior African dance experience?
We have skilled traditional dancers that will lead your group and introduce them to West African dance choreography.
(Target audience for schools: Grade 1 to 5)
Are you running a dance class, dance company, or fitness class?
We can organize a special workshop to expose the participants to live West African drum and dance, and push your group dynamic to the next level.
We can extend any dance company's repertoire with unique and sophisticated traditional rhythm and arrangements from Guinea.
Dance workshops are available in English or French. (virtual dance workshop also available)
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“Hi Alpha, it was great to have you and your group come to our School. The students really enjoyed your performance! It was engaging and very educational. Thank you so much for coming and teaching us about African Drumming.
Thank you again :)”
— Lindsay, Toronto Ontario
Some of our public & private events highlights in the past 20 years:
- Schools (Events organized in hundreds of schools)
TDSB and all school boards across the G.T.A and Ontario (English / French / Catholic etc..), as well as many private schools.
- Diversity week celebration at Federal Express Canada.
- KCO-Kenyan Jamhuri day 43rd independence anniversary
- Multicultural Wedding Show (Toronto Metro Convention Centre)
- Harbourfront Community Centre 15th Anniversary.
- The Cottage African lounge
- 21st International Black Women's Congress 2006 (Holiday Inn Hotel / Markham)
- Futurewatch Environmental & non profit organization
- Kuumba - African Heritage Month (Toronto Harbourfront Centre).
- United Nations World Food Programme - UNWFP "Fight Hunger Walk- Toronto".
- Muhtadi International drumming festival - with drumming students (Toronto Queen's Park)
- Carnivalissima - Luminato Festival 2007 (Toronto Harbourfront Centre)
- AfroFest (Toronto Queen's Park)
- Irie Fest Toronto (Nathan Phillips Square)
- Ryerson university
- Hillside festival - Guelph Ontario
- Elementary teachers of Toronto (E.T.T)
- Book Lover's ball 2008-Toronto public libraries (Downtown Toronto Royal York hotel)
- 4th annual Cadbury Chocolate couture collection - fashion show
(Drumming for Izzy Camilleri presenting "African Queen" at Toronto Carlu hotel)
- Soldier's Memorial Hospital foundation Gala (Orillia - Casino Rama)
- University of Western Ontario (UWO)
- Saint Mary's food bank - Global Village Gala dinner (Mississauga Cdn Coptic Centre)
- Bata shoe Museum
- Francophone centre of Toronto
- Engineers without borders (Metro convention centre)
- U of T (University of Toronto)
- Mayor's Youth Task Force (Markham city hall)
- World Teacher Aid
- Canadian association of African studies conference (Kingston Ontario)
- Franco-Fete (Toronto harbourfront centre)
- Ontario Students Leadership conference (Niagara Falls - Sheraton Hotel)
- Athletes for Africa - Gulu Walk
- Toronto Zoo
- Yamaha Motors
- Saint Michael's choir school (Show and Christmas DVD recording at Toronto Massey Hall)
- YWCA Toronto
- Dignitas (Race for dignity)
- Canadian Feed The Children
- Branksome Hall
- TMS College - Montessori
- CN Rail
- Sam Roberts Band - Percussive arrangement and performance for 4 of the band's tracks at New Years Eve 2014 - ET Canada outdoor concert - Niagara Falls
- The Salama Shield Foundation
- The Lions club International
- Grand & Toy
- Nike Canada
- Fibe TV (Featured in a music video)
And many more....
Live drumming performance demo