Drum Making Workshops - Info Pack


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* Next Workshop Dates: 13-14 April 2024 *



How our drum-making workshops are run

Workshops run for 4-6 hours per day over 2 days and are taught by Mady Keita - a professional Master Drummer and Drum Craftsman from Mali, West Africa.
Workshops occur in small groups.  No experience is necessary and students are challenged individually based on skill level.

The workshop fee is $600 ($570 Concession) plus GST with a 10% deposit payable upfront.  Multiple payment options are available, including payment plans. 

Learn all the steps to make your very own djembe and to keep it well maintained and tuned into the future.
Workshops take place at our shop in Bayswater - 10/655 Mountain Highway.  Refer to map and parking instructions below.

Workshops are run across 2 days, generally on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00am, for 4-6 hours per day.  Allow an extra 24 hours for your drum to be dry and ready to play.

*** If you can't make it for the 2 consecutive days, just let us know and we'll work out a suitable alternative. ***

We operate with a COVIDSafe Plan and keep up to date with government requirements.  We can re-schedule if the workshop needs to be cancelled due to the pandemic.


Benefits of joining our drum-making workshop

    General Outline of Workshop Activities

    Day 1:  Select & Prepare Drum Materials

    • Select your favourite drum shell
    • Varnish drum shell - matte or gloss finish
    • Choose from range of fabric designs and apply to steel rings
    • Prepare ropework on steel rings - multiple rope colours available

      DAY 2:  Drum Assembly & Tensioning

      • Prepare vertical ropework
      • Shave skin and cut to size
      • Position skin onto drum shell
      • Initial tensioning of ropework


      Please note:

        • Drum collection: allow at least 24 hours after Day 2 for the skin to dry before final tensioning (speak with Mady during workshop to arrange a convenient time).
        • What to wear: comfortable clothing to work in.
        • Lunch/snacks: feel free to BYO food (we have a microwave) or pop out to local shops for lunch.


        Free Class with Mady Keita to Initiate Your New Djembe

        Free African drumming lesson after drum making workshop


        Understand our key T&C's 

        Deposit is payable upfront within 7 days of booking, with the remaining amount due upon completion of the workshop. If WE are unable to run the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances (eg. illness or pandemic) it will be re-scheduled at an agreed time.
        Multiple payment options include bank transfer, credit card, Paypal, online store or cash.  Payment plans are available upon request. If YOU are unable to attend the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances (eg. illness or pandemic) alternative dates will be offered.


        Contact Us

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        * We will be in touch as soon as possible to confirm your booking.


        0490 112 997
        Shop 10/655 Mountain Highway, Bayswater

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