Videos of Drummed Up African Drumming Performances



Tyne & Wear Museums Freedom Performance

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2007 was the 200th anniversary of the parliamentary abolition of the slave trade in the British colonies and to mark this occasion Tyne & Wear Museums developed a programme of activities inspired by the anniversary. The culmination of this was the 'Freedom' African drum and dance performance at Dance City, Newcastle, in May 2007. This performance involved members of Drummed Up working alongside djembé master Nansady Keita and dance teacher Sens Sagna. Members of Drummed Up worked on the performance for six months, together with Tyne & Wear Museums outreach team and several other community groups. The result is a performance that Drummed Up is truly proud of. We would like to thank Tyne & Wear Museums for their generosity in allowing us to include this video on our website. A transcript of the 'Freedom' performance is available as a printable PDF file (this will open in a new page).


Freedom Performance Project Documentary

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This film documents the journey of Tyne & Wear Museums outreach team and the many community groups they worked with who were involved in the 'Freedom' project and performance. Drummed Up teachers Mark Barfoot and Bekki French are interviewed for the documentary and it contains footage of the group's rehearsals in preparation for the performance. Drummed Up would like to thank Tyne & Wear Museums for their generosity in allowing us to include this video on our website. A transcript of the 'Freedom' performance project documentary is available as a printable PDF file (this will open in a new page).


Development Direct performance at World Headquarters

In November 2010 Drummed Up performed at a fund-raising event in aid of Development Direct at World Headquarters in Newcastle. The event raised awareness about malaria and funds to buy mosquito nets for families in Gambia and Tanzania. Drummed Up were the 'warm up' act for the evening and were followed by a number of local bands.