African Music Workshops

Come along to these free workshops and learn from local experts in African music.

Explore the rich musical traditions of Africa: drumming, singing and rhythm.

No special knowledge is required, just an interest in the music, and an openness to new sounds.

All welcome! BYO drums and percussion.

Tuesday afternoon sessions will include activities for children.

Herb Greedy Hall

79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville

(near the corner of Marrickville Rd)

for three weeks, starting June 26

Tuesdays 4-5pm

Fridays 7-8pm

Eddie Quansah


June 26 and 29

Learn the language of the drum with Eddie Quansah, as he teaches us about the part that drums play in
African ceremonies and rituals.

Children will have the chance to drum, chant and sing their way into the heart of Africa.

Eddie Quansah, from Ghana,
West Africa, is a master of both
traditional drumming and trumpet.
He achieved international acclaim in
the 60’s and 70’s working with such
legends as Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the
Maytalls, Cat Stevens, Johnny Nash,
Brian Ferry, the late Bob Marley
and Osibisa.


Miriam Lieberman


July 3 and 6

Take a heavy dose of West African musical sensibility, add a dash of Brazilian rhythms with folk music stylings and you get an idea of what Sydney based singer songwriter Miriam Lieberman brings to the table. She melds her soulful vocals, percussive guitar with kora – 21 stringed West African harp.
Having lived and studied traditional music in both Guinea and Mali her music has been marked “a true cross cultural hybrid”.

In this dynamic vocal workshop Miriam will take you through a series of fun warm ups and lead you in singing some simple traditional Guinean and Malian call and response songs as well as leading you in songs that use West African feel. With accompaniment of kora and balaphone (Guinean xylophone) get ready for some fun.
(All ages welcome!)

Chris Gudu


July 10 and 13

Chris will teach some simple Southern African traditional choruses which will be broken down into harmonies. These will be accompanied by some simple dance moves that compliment the vocal harmonies.
As a group we will compose a simple tune using the method that was demonstrated in the tunes already learnt.

Chris Gudu was the co-founder of Matonto, alongside his brother Calvin Gudu, and he is the former leader, bass man and lead singer of the group Jive Kayana, which during its days sold out concerts and created big waves at festivals.

His up tempo and exuberant music is what is often referred to as “Township Jive Music” and is better known in Southern Africa as Umbaqanga music which sometimes presents a touch of Afro jazz. Umbaqanga music originates from the streets and shebeens of Southern Africa.


This project was supported by funding from Marrickville Council.

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