Inspiring at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy

Drum Cafe was invited to perform at Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy and facilitate an interactive drumming experience to inspire unity between students at their annual international conference. Drumming was the perfect choice because rhythm naturally leads to a sense of unity, an experience that we are all connected. This gives us a feeling of extreme…

Launching the “Climate Reality Project” with Al Gore

Former US Vice-President and climate change lobbyist Al Gore has launched the African branch of the Climate Reality Project, which aims to mobilise individuals and organisations to implement climate change mitigation measures and “spread the truth” of climate change to communities on the continent. Addressing over 700 delegates at a three-day Climate Reality Project workshop,…

Natalie Spiro on Tedx FidiWomen Explaining Ubuntu

  “Umunto Ngumuntu ngabantu” “I am through others.” This is the concept of Ubuntu – how each person is made whole by their interactions with the people around them. It’s an ancient believe that runs deep in all the tribes of Africa, as it binds together the collective life-force of each tribal member. I hadn’t spoken…

Studies Prove that Rhythm helps your Language Skills

“We know that moving to a steady beat is a fundamental skill not only for music performance but one that has been linked to language skills,” said Nina Kraus, of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University in Illinois. In order to understand the biological basis of rhythmic ability, the team measured the brainwaves of…

Drumming with Greenpeace

Following a global campaign, Drum Cafe with Greenpeace, protested in Johannesburg for the release of the 30 activists being held  by the Russian authorities on Saturday. Drum Cafe showed their support by providing everybody with a percussion instrument as well as a unifying drum circle experience. Drumming has always been affiliated with “green” causes and…

TEDx Cibeles with Brett Schlesinger

Have you taken notice of how you feel after doing an interactive music session? Do you notice the difference to how you felt before the session? Are you more focussed, present, relaxed, and energised? It’s this phenomenon that I am going to talk to you about, and what its relevance is to modern life both psychologically and…

Drum Cafe Germany With The Message of Fire

Drum Café Germany performed with firedancers in their largest combined event to date. The show took place before an audience of 2000 people for Meyer Werft. It included a combination of interactive drumming, a human beatbox, the Firedancer show and LunatX fireworks. Matthias Jackel used fire to portray the message: “Inside every employee is a…

Fundraising for Wild Dogs in Zimbabwe

Drum Café Zimbabwe entertained over 200 guests at a fundraising / awareness event for Wild Dogs in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. The event was set in the pristine Msasa woodland, and included an art exhibition, presentations a formal diner and an auction. Drum Café entertained guests during cocktail hour with  marimbas and a drum interactive.…

A Visit from Didgeridoo virtuoso Kristian Benton

On the 7th of February this year Drum Cafe hosted an encounter between the Australian didgeridoo virtuoso Kristian Benton, Basadi Le Maropa from the Drum Cafe and Njabulo Majola and Tlokwe Sehume from the Jazz Indigenous Music Incubator. Kristen was brought to South Africa by the Australian High Commission and was accompanied for the session…

Rousing Olympic Swimmers

Drum Café Florida performed at the opening of a historic Olympic-qualifier swim meet at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Centre (the venue of the 1996 Olympics!) Drum Café welcomed American and European Olympic swim teams, their entourages, guests and the world’s media to the event. The Drum Café team ignited the stadium in a rousing, passionate…

Performing for the President of Taiwan

Following in the footsteps of the global events like the Opening Celebration for the Soccer World Cup in South Africa and the Beijing Olympics. Drum Café performed for yet another  massive event, this time for Cathay Insurance at the famous Taipei Arena. The event, which was a celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary, was attended…

Ubuntu through drumming at Canadian Catholic School

The African concept of Ubuntu: “I am what I am because of who we all are” was practiced through drumming at Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Toronto Canada. Special needs children experienced the joy of drumming as the event promoted a sense of community within the school. Regardless of whom you are, where you’re from,…

Wheel Chair Tennis South Africa

April 06, 2013 Wheel Chair Tennis South Africa had an inspirational visit from Drum Cafe Johannesburg for the ACSA opening dinner. The  interactive proved again that anybody can be part of a drumming circle. Regardless of your creed, status or physical condition, you as a participant can contribute toward the musical interaction that takes place.…

Drumming with Ambassadors, Bucharest Café

Dan Popa sometimes gets asked if Drum Café’ sells coffee. Well, when Second Cup, a Canadian coffee shop chain opened a new store in Bucharest , that’s just what it did! Several high-profile guests including the Canadian and Lebanese ambassadors to Romania were among the 80 people invited to the opening. Drum Café Romania ran…

Flying High with GE Capital Aviation Services

GE Capital Aviation Services, the global leader in aircraft financing and leasing, contacted Drum Café Cape Town from Ireland with a request to perform at its three-day summit at the Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. The conference, entitled “Shaping the Future of Aviation in Africa” was the first event of its kind in…

Performing with Mafikizolo at IFA Mass Rally

Drum Café Johannesburg performed an interactive for close to 5000 Independent Field Advertisers (IFAs) at the 2011 IFA Mass Rally at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg. The annual event is a highlight in the insurance industry, and includes a prestigious awards ceremony with high profile entertainment. The show involved a complex series of short…