Ayan De First: Music and Dance Workshop and Rehearsal

27 Oct
Adelphi Room
Special Events
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Adelphi Room, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Learn to drum and dance African-style with Ayan De First and the Oduduwa Talking Drummers.

Lively, rhythmic, joyful – African dance is a very good form of exercise! Participants will learn a variety of dance steps and how to play African drums, learning about and enjoying the sound of the unique West African Talking Drum before having a go. Participants in this workshop will also have the chance to perform with the Oduduwa Talking Drummers at 3.30pm on the Lobby Stage.

This workshop is led by celebrated artist and drummer Ayan De First. Ayan has exhibited paintings around the world, including in Nigeria, Togo-Lome, Ivory Coast, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Since the early 1990s, Ayan has given concerts, shows and educational workshops in over 500 community and private schools in the UK and Europe. He has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Royal Albert Hall, the African Centre, and was chosen to play before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace during the Golden Jubilee anniversary. In 1999, Ayan formed the first ever talking drummer troupe in the Western region: the Oduduwa Talking Drummers.

Limited spaces available to book in advance. More spaces will be released on the day at 10.00am.

Suitable for ages 5+

This workshop is part of the Spirit of Africa Festival - Fri 26 & Sat 27 October

Running time: About 2 hours (no interval)
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