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Interactive Drumming Teambuilding

Drum Cafe’s world-proven programs are guaranteed to build powerful teams and unite companies:

Benefits after a Drum Cafe team building program:

  • Get workers to work more efficiently together.
  • Departments start communicating better.
  • Break down barriers between Staff.
  • Close the gap between top management and workers.
  • Motivate staff to perform better.
  • Increase Productivity

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Why do team building with Drum Cafe work?

Drumming is a universal expression that transcends all boundaries: personal, organizational or cultural. Drum Cafe teaches staff to increase productivity and efficiency through better team work and intearactive team building. Our leadership program has been designed by global Motivation Speakers, HR Consultants, Company CEOs, Leading Musicians and Academic professors. The Fortune 500 companies can’t be wrong. We work vertically and horizontally across companies eg.

  • IBM over 50 team buildings worldwide.
  • BMW 360 degrees training: Sales Staff, Dealership owners, Marketing departments, Factory workers, Customer Service teams etc.
  • Microsoft Tech-ed, Amsterdam. 6000 people, June 2004

This unifying experience creates the perfect platform for teams to experience the power of all working together to achieve a common objective.

The team building program is designed to:

  • Break down barriers to create a more open organization.
  • Align to a common goal, mission or vision.
  • Improve Communications through accurate feedback.
  • Accelerate Productivity by motivating staff and getting them to listen to each other.

Team building has never been so effective! Each individual brings their unique sound into the mix to create a one-of-kind percussive orchestra-one that wouldn’t be the same without the people who are taking part. This is truly a case of unity through diversity.

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Firstwe break down barriers, level the playing field, with an opening of non-verbal communication. Music is a universal language, that allows us in a universal way to break down barriers and transcend the difference among us as humans and individuals. In Africa and in many other cultures around the world, drumming has been used for centuries to bring people together.

Second, we align everyone to a common theme through the bass note, the foundation of the music. In every organization, before true success can be realized, there needs to be alignment or some sort. This alignment could be to the vision, mission or values of an organization. We use the power of the bass note, the alignment of the music, as the metaphor for demonstrating the power of alignment with in the group.

Third, We close off with an interactive high energy percussion set, embracing diversity handing out fun percussive instruments, in an all out celebration of self expression and leadership. This is where we take the drumming skills that we have learned in the beginning to create music. A celebration of diversity, contribution, team building and leadership. We explore the diversity, in each and everyone’s unique and individual contribution through the tone note. Through call and response we teach the importance of communicating better by accurate feedback.

This is also a great lesson in leadership. Leadership is about knowing when to play and not to play. When it is time to take a solo or when it s time to support your piers. Through the rhythm, your organization will discover that the whole is greater than the sum of all its individual parts.

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If you want your staff to get involved, there is nothing like Interactive Drumming. Each person participates 100%. Drum Cafe will motivate, inspire and unite your staff or department within minutes.

Everyone joins in the pulsating fun and works to common goals, in a very uncommon innovative way. We all have our own beat, Drum Cafe helps synchronize your team in a memorable way – for trainings or conferences.Read about some of our successful team building interactive events.

 

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Interactive Gumboot Teambuilding 

The Drum Cafe Gumboot Interactive Sessions are a great way to unleash energy at any event.

Gumboot dance originated in the mines and has become a popular dance form in the South African scene. Drum Cafe uses gumboots to break down barriers and build group synergy in a fun filled session.

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For our interactive sessions we provide each person with a pair of gumboots and our team of expert facilitators teach you the basics of Gumboot dance. Starting with simple stamping rhythms we add claps and boot slaps and steadily build up an energetic sequence so that before you know it, the group will be dancing, clapping, singing and stomping together.

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Interactive Boomwhacker Teambuilding


Boomwhackers are brightly coloured plastic tubes that are tuned by length to musical notes. A great way to expand your musicality, boom-whackers are a wonderful follow-on from drumming as they introduce melody. When hit on the hand, each colour boom-whacker produces a different tone, with five different tones in total. We split the group up according to colour of boom-whacker, and within a few minutes, the group will be making music together.

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What happens on the day?

To begin, the facilitators split the participants up into colour groups, and then give each group a different rhythm to play. These intertwining rhythms come together to produce a melodious musical composition and the group is taught to make music as one. Before you know it, your group will be making music together, resulting in a strong feeling of unity and team building.

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Benefits of Boomwhacking include:

  • Team-building
  • Colour and tone recognition
  • Rhythm
  • Creativity

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Drum Cafe’s Kwaito Interactive Experience

Always wanted to wear a spotty and flash your new All Stars? Now is your chance! Drum Cafe’s Interactive Kwaito Experience is a pulsating 45 minute dance and DJ show that brings you into the world of the township street bash: its dance moves, chanting, rapping and beats. This is an unforgettable experience that really rocks your group.

Brush up on your dance floor technique, learn to rap and rhyme and get your group into the pulse of the people now, Mzantsi style. This unique interactive experience includes a DJ, rappers and dancers and is a full on fun-filled South African experience that will take your group to another level.

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Some of the team members have recently  returned  from  our Drumstruck show in Japan others have performed at prestigious events such as Drumstruck in New York, the opening of the Mandela Bridge, Tri Nations Rugby, The Cricket World Cup in Jamaica and the FIFA World Cup Kick off Concert in 2010.

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Basadi Le Maropa

The marimba (South African xylophone), one of Africa’s oldest instruments, combines powerful rhythms and harmonies with lyrical melodies and is perfect as a feature performance or background sound. The Drum Cafe offers marimba performances, with the option of adding drums, song, dance, saxophone, steel drum or the instrument of your choice. Traditional African songs, original compositions and pop songs can be included in the repertoire. We can create special marimba pieces and custom-make marimba performances to match your event.

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We offer a wide range of top-quality South African based marimba groups, including a charming group of 11-13 year olds, Soweto Kidz Marimba Band. The Drum Cafe’s in-house marimba group, Basadi Le Meropa, is in great demand.

Basadi Le Meropa is a group of young South African women, who tell the stories of their lives through marimba, song, drums, dance and the spoken word. Drumming has previously been a male-dominated cultural activity, but the Drum Cafe’s creation of Basadi Le Meropa in 2003 turned this stereotype upside down.

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Representing the strength, talent and optimism of African women, Basadi provide a refreshing performance filled with original composition and choreography, colourful costumes, exhilarating drumming, melodic marimbas, upbeat vocals and a wide variety of dances including stick-fighting choreography, Afro-contemporary dance, Pantsula and Township Jive. The show is unique in that it draws upon the individual experiences of the women, who are each performers in their own right. Basadi are also starting to branch out by playing other traditional instruments including the mbira, akadinda, uhadi and kudu horn.

Basadi Le Meropa have toured Netherlands for the Festival Mundial as well as Belgium.  The ladies were one of the top feature performances for South African President Thabo Mbeki at the opening of Parliament, and they received a standing ovation at the opening ceremony of the Women’s World Cup Cricket.

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Gumboot Dancing

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The Drum Cafe’s talented gumboot dancers unleash energy and rhythm – to any event. Dressed in coloured overalls, our performers present a powerful performance of stomping, slapping, clapping and singing.

We offer gumboot groups to suit your needs and your budget, and can combine gumboot dancing with other dance forms including Tap-dance, Pantsula, Township Jive and Stepping. The Drum Cafe is renowned for tailor-making and choreographing gumboot sequences. Dances can take place to backing tracks or live music.

For maximum impact as main entertainment, we recommend a combined 15 minute gumboot dancing and drumming performance.

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Silverblack

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SILVERBLACK are South Africa’s foremost African drum act. SILVERBLACK is an electrifying band that has collaborated with global superstars Shakira and K’naan. SILVERBLACK’s non-stop pumping performances infuse drum African drums, digital sample pads and drum racks.

This exciting line up has developed into a fast moving popular act on the local scene and has toured in the USA Japan, China, Europe, and across Africa. SILVERBLACK have performed on stage with 30 Seconds to Mars. The power band represents entertainment at its highest level, and were chosen to play at the FIFA World Cup.

SILVERBLACK pound out the rhythms of urban Africa – club beats and new generation traditional styles. From large scale stadium shows to main stage impact acts and viby ambient backgrounds, if you’re looking for a band with blow you away entertainment value, then you’ve it…. SILVERBLACK.

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Shebeen Experience

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The Drum Cafe’s Shebeen Experience provides an authentic slice of township life and culture. At the location of your choice, the Drum Cafe’s sassy Shebeen queen Mam’Spinza and her charismatic team of actors, actresses and dancers put on a slick show, with or without an interactive element.

Clad in township gear and colourful 50’s-style attire, the performers alternate between Kwaito rap, Tin can dance, Township Jive, Pantsula dance performances and informal scenes. Beautiful 50’s Jazz and township songs are accompanied by guitar and drumming, with the audience encouraged to sing along.

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The “Shebeen Experience” can be custom,-made to suit your event, with the rap sequence including details of the group’s identity or activities – especially effective when managers rehearse and participate with our team. We can include the company song in the performance, or can create one resonating with company spirit.

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Amongst others, our Shebeen have performed for:

•          Oracle // Discovery Health // SAP // FNB // Unilever // Peugeot

•          Peugeot, “Shebeen Experience”, The Meat Company, Rivonia:
“I would like to express our particular appreciation to you for organising the excellent Mam’Spinza show. The guests had a great time and I believe your performers played a huge part in getting to know each other and feel more relaxed at the finals.”

•          Discovery Health, “Shebeen Experience”:
“Thank you so much for the wonderful performance at Nutbush Boma last Friday evening. The energy, vibrancy and costumes were terrific.”

•          SAP Africa, “Shebeen Experience”, 350 people, February 2005:

“The Shebeen Evening we held at Sun City was a resounding success, due in large to the energetic, vibrant and professional performance of the Drum Cafe. Our staff loved the interactive parts of the evening, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the different genres and dances that the group took us through. It was a skilled, yet warm performance and we definitely look forward to our next successful endeavour with the Drum Cafe”

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Circus Acts & Fire Performances

The Drum Cafe provides mesmerizing carnival and circus acts. Think shiny show costumes, professional showmanship and dazzling talent…

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The Drum Cafe’s carnival and circus acts are fun and engaging and perfect for theme-evenings.

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Audiences are encouraged to get involved in the performance and are left amazed and inspired. Choose an act as background entertainment or as a spectacular feature performance. Carnival and circus acts can be performed in conjunction with any of the performances that we offer and can be accompanied by drumming. The acts can be tailored to suit your needs. The Drum Cafe’s face-painters can further add festive spirit to the event.

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We offer:

  •  non-explosive pyrotechnics
  •  fire performance: poi, staff poi, fire-juggling
  •  magicians (African and Western; for adults and/or children)
  •  mime artists
  •  comedians
  •  acrobats
  •  stilt-walkers and unicyclists
  •  sword-fighting
  •  juggling
  •  belly-dancing
  •  limbo dancing
  •  face-painting

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