The Beat Makes All The Difference

A Short Introduction to African Drumming

African Drumming workshops raise culture awareness, encourage the community to interact and explore different cultures. This we believe will encourage community integration and create better understanding of different cultures, promoting mutual understanding and respect.

Phil is available to bring an African drumming workshop to your event, cultural day, open day, school fun day or community event.  Participants are encouraged to come and join Phil, choosing from one of the many drums in the collection.  Everyone loves to join in the drumming and Phil encourages people to get involved and talk about how drums have been used in communication.

You can book an African drumming experience by contacting us at events@salsanorthwest.co.uk with your details, date of the event and location and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Phil is professional and entertaining, he gets old and young thoroughly involved with both the music of the drums and the salsa dancing, his enthusiasm makes him a wonderful part of our Chilli Festival.
Helen Robinson, Events & Marketing, Arley Hall & Gardens

5 Interesting Facts About African Drumming

  • African Drumming Was Used To Communicate Between Tribes
  • Drumming Played An Important Part Of Rituals, Ceremonies & Celebration
  • In African Culture, Eye Contact Is Considered Rude And Disrespectful
  • Different Drumming Styles Are Played For Weddings Or Funerals
  • Itumba Is A Typical Zambian Traditional Drum Used For Ashanti Healing And Warrior Drummers
“Salsa North West provided an afternoon of entertainment for the Harris Flights programme in 2013 that included African drumming and salsa dancing workshops. Both the performances and workshops were very popular with the public – Phil Kaila enthusiastically engaged members of the public in the activities and also scheduled for us displays from professional dancers which we all enjoyed and had a universal appeal.”
Samantha Blackburn Cultural Development Manager, Preston City Council
“The event was fantastic. Phil came two years ago and it was fantastic then. He is very upbeat. He is full of smiles and laughter which is infectious. The history of drumming and African culture was something the men were interested in. The smiles on the faces of the men said it all. I think they were taken away from their world of worry and misery and into a happy place. Nearly all of the 25 were happy to tap, drum and bang away. The finale of dancing said everything, all their inhibitions had gone. The prisoner with the learning difficulties got a huge amount from the session and he really opened up. The energy he put into it was brilliant to see.”
Amaan Siddiqui, Health & Wellbeing Development Officer Cultural Services, Lancashire County Council
Phil is professional and entertaining, he gets old and young thoroughly involved with both the music of the drums and the salsa dancing, his enthusiasm makes him a wonderful part of our Chilli Festival.
Lizzi and Amaan at Wymott Prison Library, Health & Wellbeing Development Officer, Lancashire County Council