WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING Workshops

Learn to Play the African Drums / Djembe from a professional percussionist!

Book a performance for that special occasion.

Especially geared towards workshops for Schools with students from 5 y.o. and upwards.

Email for more information
richrhythms@hotmail.com

or

Tel Richard Latham: 07960 989 246

West African Drumming workshops can do the world of good for body and soul. It is uplifting, fun and at the same time stress relieving.

West African drumming is suitable for everyone regardless of musical knowledge. In fact, you do not need any previous musical knowledge at all.

During the drumming demonstrations, lessons or workshops, Richard Latham, the owner and organiser of Rich Rhythms, will provide everyone with a djembe drum and take participants through simple and more more complex rhythms.  

You will be surprised at the end result and how much you enjoyed getting there!

Technique: The proper sound is achieved with minimum effort for maximum effect. The key is to either focus or disperse the hand's energy and position the hand in the correct place. The bass and tone notes require focused energy (a beginner will have the most success by holding their fingers firmly together), while the slap requires dispersed energy (fingers are relaxed).

Striking the skin with the palm and fingers toward the drum's centre produces a bass note; striking the skin near the rim (with the fleshy part of the palm just above the rim) produces the tone and slap. Beginners may think of the tone and slap as fingers "together" and "apart." Advanced players will not take the time to make that obvious physical change, but rather make a less visibly obvious change from "focused" to "dispersed".


The djembe is the most well-known African drum around the world. It has a narrow base that opens up into a rounded bowl near the top, kind of like a wine glass. The top of the bowl is covered by a goatskin, though synthetic materials are also used today.