African drumming workshop for adults at Clarkson Library

African drumming workshop for adults at Clarkson Library

DRUMMER Paul Osei Kofi will thump out an African drumming workshop for adults at Clarkson Library this Thursday.

The Akwaaba master percussionist, teacher and drum maker from Ghana will teach drumming from 6- 7.30pm.

Described as a cultural experience for adults, participants can learn drumming techniques, history and rhythms.

Paul said drumming and music had been part of his life since childhood.

“I grew up with traditional musicians and started performing at the age of nine alongside my uncle, master drummer Wofa Kessie,” he said.

“We performed at ceremonies such as birth, marriage, name giving and initiations as well as cultural festivals.

“In Africa, drums are used in all important aspects of daily and spiritual life.

“They are considered tools of communication and are believed to have healing powers.”

The Akwaaba founder has taught and performed African rhythms in a large number of primary and secondary schools around Perth, facilitated team building workshops with corporate bodies, federal and local government departments, not-for-profit organisations and private companies.

He also played as the lead drummer with the African group Dagomba Ensemble and has performed with artists such as Sulimani Keita, Charles Amoah, Kojo Owusu, Ossibisa and Michael Franti and Spearhead.

The Clarkson workshop costs $5 for City of Wanneroo library members and $10 for non-members.

Book at http://wanneroo. spydus.com/events.