One-drum has released a series of online tutorials on traditional Ghanaian drumming, which goes from the absolute basics through to more advanced techniques.
The short video tutorials on using the djembe are lead by Master Ghanaian Drummer and One-Drum leader, Abbas Dodoo, who has worked with Van Morrison and CREAM drummer Ginger Baker.
The London-based One-drum collective is a “collaborative ensemble of professional performers, artists and teachers from diverse backgrounds, committed to creating inclusive, engaging work that uses cultural expression as a catalyst to change perceptions”.
As well as doing live performances, the One-drum team offer face-to-face drumming workshops to all ages and abilities.
One-drum leader Abass Dodoo was born into the famous Ghanaian Royal Drummers family.
From the age of six he was inspired by his grandmother who taught him the drums by singing the rhythms. His formal training was overseen by his uncle, the famous Ghanaian Master Drummer Mustapha Tettey Addy. Abass Dodoo started playing to large public audiences with the Royal Obonu Drummers when he was just ten years old.
The master Ghanaian drummer has been involved in many innovative performances, recordings, TV appearances and educational projects, including a season in the Royal Shakespeare Company.
To find out more about One-drum’s face-to-face workshops, visit the One-drum website.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about entertainments and storytelling of all kinds.