About Drumming Is Fun - an ethical company
Malcolm Smith has been studying percussion since his college days, and specifically djembe since 1992. After forming the Canopus Percussion Ensemble in 1995 following intensive studies with master drummers in London, he began teaching African drumming in 1999. In 2005 he extended his learning to embrace dun duns, the bass drum heartbeat of African rhythms. He has since embarked on field trips to Africa to study with master musicians in their native villages, to experience directly the vibrant culture of West Africa, which he is committed to bringing to a wider audience, sharing the joy and unity it creates. It is to this aim that he set up Drumming Is Fun back in 2008.
Malcolm is based near Leighton Buzzard in Buckinghamshire, England, and can travel to Herts, Beds and Bucks (or further afield for whole day projects). He teaches djembe+dundun classes for adults and children as well as workshops for business and education, also private tuition. And percussion is not just all about drumming - check out our unique new Cosmic Percussion sessions.
He currently performs with his Bedford Djembe Group, as well as Vitae Drummers and other groups in Milton Keynes and St. Albans. In the past he led Secret Bass, and was formerly a member of Africa Junction and The Naked Truth. He also ran Beat Camp, a friendly drumming event near Bedford, and was Music Director of the Indian Summer Festival held at Walkern Hall near Stevenage. He loves polyrhythms and thrives on syncopation.
If you can afford the extra cost, having a co-facilitator will greatly enhance your experience and we'll achieve better results more quickly; she can lead one part while I lead other rhythms, as the call-&-response nature of African drumming depends on having many rhythms going on at once. Plus, we can be twice as loud and play more diverse music, not to mention the dynamic interplay between us. Naturally we have all been CRB/DBS-checked (Enhanced Disclosure) for working with children and vulnerable adults.
Chrissie is based in Aylesbury and has been drumming avidly for a few years after being wowed by seeing Justine's Vitae Drummers group performing, which she has since joined. Following her wise feminine intuition, inspired by a transformational firewalk she did, Chrissie left her day job and started her own company called Wild Peace, offering complementary therapies, sound healing, hairdressing and handbags. She now also works regularly as a co-facilitator with Drumming Is Fun, teaching in schools and community, singing and playing dun duns, djembe and singing bowls.
Justine Hart - African drumming+dance+song teacher
We also love to work with an expanding number of other workshop leaders to offer exciting carousels of rotating activities such as various dance forms and song as part of varied Multicultural Enrichment Days.