African Drumming

Drumming sessions enable people of all levels to work as one and communication is through listening and responding.

African drumming is fun! It builds confidence and provides an opportunity for groups to express themselves without feeling in ‘the spotlight’. Working as part of a group can be so rewarding and uplifting. African drumming inspires confidence and increases self-esteem; it promotes well-being and a sense of achievement.

African drumming enhances the experience of communication and social skills to children, young people, adults and persons from all backgrounds, who attend them.


Story telling

Come under the boughs of the Baobab Tree... listen to the story of Bukki and Lëg, a hungry hyena and a friendly rabbit, who strive to seek food together. Rather than fight in their hunger, they work together to find a solution, even though they are ‘different’. It’s a happy ending of celebration.

So, how will the friendly rabbit, Lëg, help to find a solution to Bukki's hunger?

This delightful story explores friendship, kindness and tolerance. It shows how we can overcome problems and work together to find solutions.

Using African materials to set the backdrop of the story sessions, we also use African musical instruments, the drum and kora, to give the audience sight of traditions in Senegal. 


Communication starts as a listener and progresses to speaking through confidence. Using an age-old tradition, we engage through story-telling, setting a safe place for a listening group and then encouraging speaking. Through a skilled and crafted approach we leave space for the listening group to reciprocate. Sharing experience can give a sense of engagement and wellbeing, when done positively. 


Through bespoke programmes, participants will benefit from exploring communication, through observing, participating and gaining understanding of the importance of the spoken word and how it impacts on others and how it promotes self. 

Dance

There are many traditional dance styles from West Africa but at Agida we teach ‘sabar’ dance. Sabar is the name of the Senegalese traditional drum, played using hand and stick and the dance style is of the same name. Sabar dancing is energetic and a popular workshop.

Wellbeing

At Agida, our wellbeing programmes focus on using the arts as a way to enable recovery and maintain a satisfied sense of self. We work in a community/family context, focusing on shared understanding, compassion and trust. Providing the opportunity to be expressive, to understand self and one another, to rebuild identities. The setting may be a hospital, a clinic, a school, prison or a community centre. We use music, dance, art and/or shared stories as an enabler of recovery within diverse groups.  

Corporate

Team building - inspire and motivate your workplace with high energy, fully interactive workshops. We have varying packages for corporate workshops, so please contact us for more details and a quote.

Black History

October is a very exciting time at Agida! We welcome the month to embrace Black History and love sharing culture, heritage and African blessings within our workshops. BHM is an annual celebration, Our workshops are tailored in a constructive and interactive way. We share African artefacts, such as musical instruments unique to Senegal, traditional African materials and clothes, Senegalese tea & coffee, ‘bissap’ a refreshing traditional Senegalese drink and have fun using our senses to smell, touch and explore. 


In educational settings, we look at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Goree Island, in Senegal - where our Artistic Director and Workshop Facilitator, Karim Mbaye is from. He gives an overview of the transatlantic slave trade, discussing ‘The Door of No Return’ and what it meant to his ancestors. This session ends by looking at the Island of Goree today.


Mostly during BHM our lead practitioner Karim Mbaye is asked to perform. He plays lead sabar drum, the n'der, the tama (talking drum), and the djembe. Karim uses the spoken word 'rap' to reach and engage young audiences. Did you know 'rap' originated in Senegal? It is called 'tassou'. 




‘Agida African Arts deliver thoroughly engaging and highly professional performances and workshops, engaging and enthusing participants to share in and celebrate African arts and heritage. Performances are lively, inclusive and fun for all ages, delivered by skilled practitioners with a passion for education, sharing stories and celebrating traditions.’ 

Stef Bradley, Education Manager, International Slavery Museum 

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Experience the culture of West Africa     







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Staff at Agida African Arts are DBS checked. We are covered by Public Liability Insurance