Where do we operate? - we offer team
building & drumming services throughout SA (South
Africa) and abroad. We have drummers operating in Johannesburg,
Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban.. and where ever required..
we gladly travel to any other areas. Enquire for more info.
We come to you, bringing with us all the necessary drums
and instruments. And soon you'll be making music facilitated
by our professional drummers - ideal for year-end functions,
team building, parties, tour groups, conferences, schools,
weddings, family gatherings...
We use djembe drums which are easy to play, highly responsive,
and our drum facilitators will have any group drumming
together in minutes. Which creates synergy - bringing
diverse energies together to form into one.
We deliver awesome team experiences!
5 Ways to build winning Teams
Peope are the most important part of an organisation
- human capital. Losing staff can be a huge cost to
business, in terms of capital, talent and the cost of
replacing and training people.
Here are the 5 top tips for building teams, from a leading
1) Show appreciation for your staff. Recognise
2) Create a sense of belonging - Build a culture
so that people feel part of a unique community - where
they can come to work and be part of a community, sharing
similar values - and make connections with people they
3) Management should challenge people individually,
and their teams. Develop people and give feedback
- both candid and inspirational - but keep it honest,
people are quick to identify disengenuous motivational
talks and it creates problems. Management should develop
people and talent - to mentor people, and take them
to the next level.
4) Celebration. The Team that celebrates
together - stays together. Don't wait until year-end,
celebrate the "process wins" - celebrate the
small results achieved along the way. As you do that
it creates energy and momentum - and people resonate
with your vision and objectives.
5) Large organisations...
more coming soon...
Team building Activities
We address many of the points above during our drumming
team building activities, organising team builds shows
appreciation, bringing a group together to socialise and
create a community - strengthening social bonds; learning
new skills and working together to achieve a common goal;
and - celebrating together.
Our drumming team building sessions are high energy, interactive,
fun and effective. We have many years of expertise in
producing succesful events, and aim to bring you a highly
memorable & constructive team building experience. Interactive
drumming to Music
We have a soundtrack that will inspire and energise your
team, our Professional drummers will take your team on
a musical journey featuring South African classics and
contemporary Pop hits, beginning with an introduction
to the djembe drum, playing techniques and African rhythms
- which will be used to play along to the music. Participants
are encouraged to express themselves creatively..
All the drums and sound equipment is provided. Enquire
for more info.
Interactive Gumboot Dancing This Team building activity utilises the uniquely
South African dance form of Gumboot dancing, where rhythm
and dance combine to create a unique experience. Within
minutes we will have your team working together - and
utimately, collaborating in creating a dance routine together.
Gumboot dancing was initially developed in South African
mines, and used for communication.
Dance & Middle Eastern rhythms workshop A drumming and dance team building session using
middle eastern rhythms and belly dancing, Our facilitators
will begin by teaching basic rhythms for belly dancing,
the belly dance facilitator will teach the accompanying
dances. The team can be divided into drummers and dancers,
and swap roles during the session. There are also different
accompanying dances specifically for males (which don't
require too much dexterity).
Percussion & drum making team build
We teach your team to make their own drums & percussion
instruments, the workshop concludes with an interactive
drumming session - since you have to experience playing
your own drums & instruments once you've completed
making them. This workshop which can be extended over
a few days and can include other team building activities
A unique new concept introduced by popular demand. Enquire
for more details. It's an amazing experience of sound
This activity has been postponed until after lockdown.
From interactive team building drumming sessions for School
staff or learners, to regular (weekly or monthly) drumming
workshops where the aim is to teach the subtleties of
percussion techniques and rhythms - and set learners on
a path to discovering the joys of music.
Hand drumming is suitable for all ages - from Pre-primary
to High School and University students - and has numerous
benefits, including developing cognitive, memory and motor
Team building session encore - "We want more!"
"Thank you so much to you and the team for an excellent
drumming session on Friday at our team building event.
The response from our staff has been overwhelmingly
positive. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the drumming
session and it was very well conducted.
Job well done !!!"
A unique show - combining African drums, Cuban percussion
and an electrifying performance.
Client Feedback - International Luxury Hotel Owner's Conference
"Thank you very much for your performance on Saturday
night - our guests loved you
and everybody couldn't stop talking about how much fun
High energy West African drumming and dance. From welcome
drummers for events and conferences, to on-stage performances.
African drummers ensemble - can include dancers and
other performers. Performances can be combined with
interactive drumming. Gumboot Dance Showcasing the dance form that was invented
in South African mines. Also offering other SA dance
Cuban and Afro-cuban Percussion
Cuban rhythms and instruments have their origins in
Africa, but have evolved over the years into a distinct
latin sound that is associated with Salsa, Jazz and
Salsa, Latin and African Jazz bands also available.
Middle Eastern Darbuka and Zaffa drummers
Can be combined with Bellydance. Very popular with Middle
Eastern themed events and weddings.
Playing traditional Southern African marimba classics
and contemporary songs. The band also performs with
dancers for more visual effect! Popular for wedding
Excerpt from an interview Ruben Yizmeyian did with Giovanni
Hidalgo (Puerto Rico) in Montevideo, Uruguay (2005) -
RY: What do you feel when the understanding is and
most of your colleagues say you're the best Percussionist
in the world?
GH: What a truth!! We have millions of creatures
on this earth with different gifts, I try to do my best
in my instrument ... there are many very good Congueros
and Percussionists, but in that giant diversity in life,
teach and learn is an infinite cycle that goes together...
then, it is impossible to be the best in the world.
View: on Youtube - Power
of Rhythm Podcast (2021) - Interview with Giovanni
We undertake repairs to a variety of hand drums and
We repair and re-head Djembes, Bongo drums, Congas,
Doun Douns (African Bass drums), Frame drums etc... [Click
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1) Get organised to feel more in control. 2) Take time off to recharge. 3) Exercise as part of your work day wind down. 4) Disconnect from devices at home. 5) Speak up if you can't cope with your workload.
medical studies have shown the health benefits of drumming,
as well as a wide range of applications.
From group drumming sessions to individual therapy - hand
drumming has been proven to be highly effective and very
versatile, and has been used in a variety of therapeutic
Contact us for further information. [Learn
Our Approach to Interactive Team Building
We can custom make team building experiences to address
your specific organisational needs.
We like Musicality,
strong rhythm, good groove and tight playing.
We have a passion for percussion!
We are results driven - and have every intention of making
your event a success.
Our sessions are designed to bring out the best in your
team - uniting people and demonstrating the benefits of
co-operation. While offering a unique
and memorable experience.
Because that is what facilitates real
team development - and makes the team stronger.
Client feedback -
Johannesburg Stock Exchange:
"Thank you very much to Johan and his team for coming
to host our drumming team building event. The drumming
was fun, energising and had the whole team dancing and
singing. Their performance was brilliant and well enjoyed
by all in the team. The drumming brought the team together
to all have fun together without considering which person
performs which role in the office, and outside we were
all just a bunch of people having fun and making music
Thank you again!"
Nativa Healthcare (Pretoria):
"As a Social Psychologist I can tell you this form
of team building (drumming) really works. People normally
take much longer to begin socialising the way they are
now- and it was catalysed by your drumming session."
"Just a quick note to say thank you for the great
Everyone had such fun and it was wonderful to see our
whole department join in.
It definitely was a positive step towards Building our
Corporate Learning Consultant (Jhb):
(Drumming workshops for team building during Lockdown
- theme: Synergy)
"Thanks for showing up for us!
We appreciate your exceptional service delivery and reliability.
Looking forward to building a long lasting relationship."
Drumming Guys were selected to arrange & perform the
live drumming soundtrack for the official FIFA 2010
World Cup theme song. Featuring Minel West Melendez
(Cuba) on djembe.
The FIFA 2010 World Cup took place in South
Africa, the official song and video was commissioned
by the SA Department of Sports and Culture.
The video was flighted on all SABC TV channels prior
to and during the World Cup. Here we are at Lesedi Cultural
Village - filming the live performance.