Djembe drumming in Cape Town

Djembe drums are hourglass-shaped, hide-covered drums with a distinctive African sound. The drums have their origins in West Africa, and the name apparently comes from the Bambara saying “Anke djé, anke bé”: a call for everyone to assemble in peace. That’s what djembe drumming is all about: unity. Djembe drumming happens in groups, and it’s about coming together. It’s also a great way to meet and connect with people, and learn a little about the African heritage of this important instrument. Here are a few places you can join in the fun and dance to the beat of your own drum.

Gold Restaurant

Gold is an opulent African dining experience. It’s hailed as a ‘taste safari that will transport you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu’, with a 14 course Cape Malay and African menu. The set menu contains delicious African cuisine like Malawi sweet potato cakes, Cameroon Benne chicken salad, Xhosa pot corn bread and South African Mandazi (cinnamon and sugar-coated pumpkin fritters).

Get hold of a City Pass for a free Djembe drumming experience at Gold restaurant

Website: goldrestaurant.co.za

Touareg Trading

Touareg Trading is a shop selling African crafts and artifacts on Longmarket Street in the heart of the city. Every Saturday from 3-6pm there is a free drum circle session. Just arrive and settle in with your djembe drum, under the leadership of an experienced drummer. It’s a great way to connect with people from all walks of life, and it won’t cost you a thing. They also offer workshops and lessons, which you need to book for. Touareg Trading also sells the drums, so if you fall in love with the rhythm you can take it home.

Website: djembe4all.com/drum-circle

Drum Circle & Braai with Vuyo at Casa

This Airbnb experience offers the chance to enjoy an upbeat afternoon of drumming, a braai (a traditional South African barbecue), snacks, beers, and new friends. You couldn’t hope for a better guide than Vuyo Katsha. He is a musician, storyteller, historian, and healer. His career spans decades, from performing at the Atlanta Loympic in 1996 to a nomination for SAMA award in the Best African Artist Category in 2017. The experience includes a meal, snacks, drinks, a drumming experience, and storytelling accompanied by Mbira, Bakita percussion, and Kayomba percussion.

Website: airbnb.com/experiences/151184

 


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