West African Drumming in Hobart

The drumming community in Hobart, Tasmania is a diverse group of people who recognise the many benefits of rhythm and who love to play drums.  Everyone is on their own unique journey towards a more rhythmic life.

Experienced djembe teacher Tara Tucker (above, centre) teaches West African drumming at various arts centres and community spaces in and around Hobart.

Tara has studied traditional drumming with Master drummers and cultural ensembles in Guinea, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, The Ivory Coast and Ghana. She is one of only 2 people in Australia to have been personally certified by djembe Grandmaster Mamady Keita as a teacher for his international school of West African percussion, Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy.

If you’re feeling the call of the drum, sign up for a class. We can bring a drum for you.  Message us through our Facebook page, or call/text Tara on 0432 399 332

Drum Up Big also hosts workshops and African music events for internationally acclaimed African cultural musicians. Previous guests include: Mohamed Bangoura (Guinea), Mohamed Camara (Guinea) Boubacar Gaye (Senegal), Naby Bangoura (Guinea) and Bassidi Kone (Mali).

In class, the emphasis is on:
* Learning basic foundation rhythms that will ease you into djembe drumming
* Becoming comfortable drumming with others and working as a group
* Discovering the numerous benefits of drumming
* Enjoying yourself!

You can expect to:
* Learn the correct sitting position and posture for playing djembe
* Learn how to produce the 3 sounds: bass, tone and slap
* Become familiar with musical concepts (the pulse, off-beats, binary and ternary rhythms etc)
* Learn when & why the djembe is traditionally played in West Africa
* Learn when & for what purpose specific rhythms are played
* Learn traditional West African rhythms eg Balakulandjan, Kuku, Moribayassa,
Toro, Djole, Soli Rapide etc
* Develop your sense of rhythm, listening skills and speed control
* Experience polyrhythms (2 or more layers of rhythms)
* Develop your ability to maintain a particular rhythm while another is being played at the same time
* Become familiar with common signals and accompaniment parts
* Work as a team – starting together, feeling the groove, being aware of each other,
listening, stopping together…
* Develop ability to correctly copy the handing order of rhythms



“Thanks Tara, I’m impressed by your efficiency and inspired by your classes. It feels good to be reconnected with the drum and rhythm again. An infinite world of rhythm. Hearing the dunduns adds another level.”


“Thank you so much for the very special environment you provide and the encouragement you give that makes every class so much fun and engenders a desire to come back and get better each week. You are a born teacher.”

“Hi Tara, thanks for the links and notation – I really enjoyed the class last night and found your teaching extremely clear and accessible.”

“Hi Tara, I really enjoy the practical drumming and it is the best workshop I ever had. It was very fun and Tara you are very charming and kind. I really really appreciated it.”

“Just wanted to say I LOVED the class last night…its so important to do stuff that makes our heart sing…I Loved your energy!”

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