Bands & Ensembles

If you’re looking for amazing African and World bands look no further.
Our ensembles will bring the fun and energetic spirit of West Africa to your event.

We’re flexible in our approach and can tailor an entertainment package to suit your vision.
Add an interactive dimension and we’ll bring along drums and shakers for your audience to join in!

New Zealand

African Drumming Waikato

African Drumming Waikato is a performance group comprised of the best active African drummers that the Waikato has to offer.

Their live show is consistently wowing audiences with its unique sounds and groovy beats that cant help but inspire movement. Continually under development, their live show has grown to include a significant interactive element, where the line between crowd and performers begins to blur as the traditional dances that accompany the beats are telegraphed to the audience. Participants begin to involve themselves in what becomes a community celebration of drum and dance, and the crowd begins to groove as a whole.

Rhythms of Fire

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Standard Outfit: 1 fire artist, 2 drummers
Add a spectacular visual element with a fire show choreographed to the energetic rhythms of West Africa. The standard outfit is 1 fire artist with 2 drummers. We can tailor an ensemble to suit your event

Perfect For
High impact events, indoor or outdoor

Afro Big Band

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5 – 8 Piece
Customised for your event and made up of the best drummers NZ has to offer, The Afro Big Band Offers infectiously groovy dance music and high energy stage shows, this versatile and experienced ensemble performs beautiful, driving percussion that can be formatted to include a dance spectacular. Ideal for big events that demand a high impact performance.

Perfect For
Stage shows, festivals, high profile events.


Australia

Afro Big Band

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5 – 8 Piece
Offering infectiously groovy dance music and high energy stage shows, this versatile and experienced ensemble performs beautiful, driving percussion that can be formatted to include a dance spectacular. Ideal for big events that demand a high impact performance. Watch the video.

Perfect For
Stage shows, festivals, high profile events.

Agogo

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3 Piece
An ambient African ensemble with lead djembe, bass drums, melodic instruments and song. Their sweet music captures the uplifting spirit of West Africa and is a favourite ensemble when a more nuanced, gentle, and subtle melody is required.

Perfect For
Roving performances, formal functions, smaller events, weddings
Check out one of their performances here on our Youtube channel

Zazu

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2 – 5  Piece
This Drum & Dance Ensemble brings the party music of West Africa! Expect amazing high energy gigs incorporating traditional dance, song and theatre.

Perfect For
Roving Performances, Community Events, Large Functions


Ghana

“Kilele Dance Africa”

Super Talented and bursting with raw energy, Kilele Africa are Ghana’s hottest Trad ensemble right now

“Kilele” means Welcome and these guys are all about sharing their joyous rhythm and dance with you.
Each artist specialises in his trade

Weezy and Ray are two of Ghana’s foremost master drummers with deep knowledge of their traditional music and explosive power on the djembe.

Odai sings like an angel and King MO is the dun engine room

Fred sets flight with his control and athleticism and Arku is renowned as Ghana’s foremost female dancer

PaaNi is the talented youngster of the group pushing and supporting his elders.

Together they are a remarkable synergetic ensemble who have over 2 decades of playing music together – in itself a rare thing.

Burkina

Burkina Azza

Led by djembefola and multi-instrumentalist Adama Koita andBurkina Azza

formidable Balafonist Sekou Coulibaly, Burkina Azza is an
outstanding collection of world class artists

from Djibaso in the north western flank of Burkina.
As family members & Griots born into and bestowed a musical linage, they ooze synchronicity in their playing and evoke the spirit of the traditional ancient Sahel music.

Hugely popular on the European circuit with their shows and workshops, Burkina Azza are based in Ouagadougou and are working towards their second album after the success of their debut Nayerina

Enquiries, Quotes & Bookings

Fast track your quote by emailing us the following information (a copy and paste does the trick).

Rates are calculated based on the type of event, number of participants, how many facilitators or performers are needed, location, duration and the all important client mandate.

We’re known for our fast replies and quick turnarounds. We aim to provide a quote either on the spot, within the hour or on the same day.

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Contact our Events Team

Nathan: Event Co-ordinator
021 156 7712
events@africandrumming.co.nz
28 Westvale Lane, R.D.8, Hamilton