DRUMMERGIRL AFRICAN DRUMMING

DRUMMERGIRL AFRICAN DRUMMING

Drummergirl perform high energy vibrant rhythms from Guinea, West Africa. We collaborate with the best of Melbourne’s drum and dance scene to offer shows for any occasion.

Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Drummergirl perform high energy vibrant rhythms from Guinea, West Africa. We collaborate with the best of Melbourne’s drum and dance scene to offer shows for any occasion.
 
We specialise in:
- showcase performances for festivals
- corporate functions and events
- interactive shows
- private functions
 
Drummergirl brings together some of Melbourne’s most talented West African drummers and percussionists including:
 
Simone Lang – founder & director
 
Simone Lang is the founder & director and has been studying West African drumming and percussion for over 17 years. She has studied with some of West Africa’s finest exponents of the tradition including Mohamed ‘Bangourake’ Bangoura, Lamine ‘Lopez’ Soumah of Percussion de Guinee, Mamady Keita and Famoudou Konate. Simone has travelled to the countries of Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia to study and absorb West African drumming and culture.
In 2012 Simone completed intensive study in San Diego and Bali with Grand Master Mamady Kieta one of the world’s most important exponents and educators of the Mandingue tradition. As a facilitator and performer, Simone is renowned for her charismatic approach and she imparts her knowledge of West African drumming and culture with integrity and buoyant enthusiasm.
 
Jacqueline Gawler – drummer/percussionist & lead vocalist
 
Jacqueline is a trained dun-dun player, and is well-known for her work as a Jazz and A Capella singer/composer. Jacqueline has travelled to The Gambia and Senegal in West Africa and Bali, Indonesia for intensive study of Malinke drumming and culture. Jacqueline is a singer/percussionist/composer with internationally award-winning vocal/percussion group Coco’s Lunch with whom she has composed and recorded five acclaimed albums as well as releasing her own solo album ‘Ambrosia’. She has toured around the world for the past 12 years with Coco’s Lunch and currently performs as a freelance Jazz vocalist with ensembles including Stoneflower and The Jacqueline Gawler Band.
 
Juli Black – drummer/percussionist
 
Juli is a passionate aficionado of West African music and culture. Her relationship with the djembe began only a few years ago and in that short time she has received much adulation from her peers for her drumming skills. Juli has been fortunate enough to be mentored by amazing teachers in Australia including Simon Fraser, Simone Lang, Ben Coleman and Mady Keita. She has recently returned from intensive study with Grand Master Drummer Mamady Keita and Tam Tam Mandigue Professor Monette Keita in Guinea West Africa.Juli loves nothing more than sharing the joy of West African music with others. She is a key member of the performance team.


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