Percussion Workshops


Drimnagh Castle Primary School, Dublin 12

Rarely have I seen individuals working with children who show such care respect and genuine talent and enthusiasm.. I cannot express how impressed I am by these people... it’s more of this we need in Irish education..

Noreen Martin.


St. Attractas N.S Ballinteer. Co Dublin

Dave's workshops were systematic, progressive and perfectly pitched to the ages and abilities of the different class levels in our school. Both staff and children thoroughly enjoyed the experience which was delivered with great enthusiasm and energy.



Halverstown N.S, Kilcullen

We were very excited today when jabba jabba jembe came to our school. The enthusiasm of pupils, staff and band was tremendous... We played drums, sang and danced and we had the most amount of fun out of education that we have had in a long time... we live in hope that they are not too over booked, that they will come back again in the future...

Carmel M Browne


Ballyroan Boys N.S, Co. Laois

jabba jabba  jembe came to our school and served as a marvellous reminder of what education is all about, enthusiasm, participation, unbelievable joy and learning... our pupils from 2nd to 6th class played drums and a host of other percussion instruments and also learned some new dance and song, this is a must have for any school, What a morning we have had..

Declan Costello

Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

This has to have been one of the best-received shows ever to visit this school...Teachers and pupils alike raved about the enthusiasm and energy on display.. they perfectly pitched each lesson to suit the age group.. the children loved participating in the activities..

We just didn’t book them for long enough!!!

Many thanks to you all...

Margaret Conroy

Scoill Choca Naofa, Kilcock

What an experience ! children staff and parents are all talking about its value. really relevant in light of Irelands multi-cultural changes...


Breda Fay

Borris N.S, Co. Carlow

Brilliant! the children were delighted we couldn’t get them to go home at 3 o’clock.....Well worth every penny..

Padraig O’Gorman



Microsoft Ireland

A big thank you to Dave at Jabba Jabba Jembe for the fantastic African Drum Workshop we had onsite last week.
The team really enjoyed learning to play the rhythms and building on it to create a unique sound.I was delighted to see everyone relaxing after a long week of meetings, it was the perfect wind down and a great way to have some fun
Everyone enjoyed the ‘free styling’ and really got into the spirit of the event by trying out all the different instruments.
It was a fun and relaxed team building exercise – something different to try, I highly recommend it!

Joyce Lynch


Gaelscoill Ni Fhiaich, Maynooth

A fabulous few days for the second year running,, the children and teachers enjoyed the experience immensely - roll on next year..

Mairin Ni Cheileachair

Gaelscoil Ros Eo Dublin

A Dave, a chara,

I would like to thank you on behalf of staff and children for visiting today and allowing us to engage in such fantastic workshops.

The children, and teachers (!) enjoyed every minute of the workshops and we were singing and dancing until home time. You provided us with fantastic information about the instruments themselves, as well as the myriad of ways they are used in African society. Each child from Junior Infants to 3rd class was actively participating and they had a ball. We are already looking forward to a return visit.

Páistí agus múinteoirí Gaelscoil Ros Eo






                      Interactive showcase of Percussion, Song & Dance


Broadway Baby Review from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Free Fringe Music


Rhythmic Gymnastics

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street,Edinburgh, EH1 1JF. 4-26 August 12:45 (45 minutes). Suitability: U.

Thomas Annand and David Day have come all the way from Ireland to prove that there’s far more to African drumming than monotonous banging. The pair specialise in traditional West African drumming and perform as part of ‘Sounds Global’ at the Scottish Museum, itself a small but fascinating exhibition. Free Fringe Music is on every day and is a fantastic excuse to visit the museum.
The pair’s music echoed around the cavernous gallery: the main instruments were the panola and djembe African drums on which they generate a surprising variety of sounds, pitches and dynamics, their dexterous technique being clear to see. Other percussion instruments (both drums and handheld) were also played. What was most impressive was their use of the aslatua: conker-like instruments that were shaken and rattled with masterful skill. Their multi-tasking was impressive, their drumming not only drumming evolving and complex polyrhythms but simultaneously chanting and, later, even doing some dancing. This being a museum, there was some welcome educational content in explaining the different instruments but all the while, the pair’s enjoyment spread across the grinning audience.
 Audience participation played a large part in the show. Children and adults were invited to join in as a plethora of intriguing instruments were passed around. Any anxiety soon changed to enjoyment. There was call and response, freestyling and some singing; a few brave souls even got up to dance. The lack of rhythm from some participants put the professionals’ talents into sharp relief, but as Annang claimed, ‘we are all Africans today’, leaving us with ringing ears and smiling faces after forty five brief minutes.
[Ed Nightingale]