We represent many Tropical Entertainers who also work in schools providing school workshops. This especially true of the African, Caribbean and Asian music and dance performers we represent. Throughout the UK, both in Primary schools and Secondary schools you can access great cultural diversity amongst artists who teach. These include African drummers and dancers, Caribbean steel drum players, dancers, storytellers, poets and calypsonians, Indian Dhol drummers and Bollywood dancers. They are all performing and teaching their skills to children in and outside their own communities.
They offer learning that has invaluable social benefits. Simply put, by exploring the history and diversity of their arts with children they promote the level of communication and understanding required of this and future generations. This assumes, of course, that we all want to commit to a modern multicultural, multi-ethnic local and global society!
Such school workshops are interactive and a lot of fun for the kids. But, of course, we tailor them to suit the school’s permanent staff. Because undoubtedly they'll have particular requirements with regards to the school’s timetable, curriculum and their children’s needs. Here are some video clips of our artists in school workshop action.
Drumming is the most accessible way of making instrumental music irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity and ability. It's fair to say that this inclusivity is part of the magic of this way of making music. This is because it engages people within a group giving them a greater sense of worth and belonging within a community.
So drumming is a positive outlet for creative expression, whether in school workshops or with adult groups. Our drummers, be they African, Asian, Caribbean or Latin American bring added authenticity to this learning environment.
There are many wonderful white English drum teachers who both play and teach ethnic drumming very well. With that said, we believe that authenticity is important. So, the cultural enrichment gained from school learning experiences can improve. For example, an African drumming lesson is enhanced by a school workshop run by a teacher who is actually African! Take a look at some wonderful drum workshops here.
Corporate Team Builds
We provide talented facilitators for ethnic arts team building sessions and fun workshops for both public organisations and businesses. We understand the different demands of this special kind of music workshop and know how to organise team building effectively. As a consequence we do this according to the numbers of participants and the time that is made available to us.
In these interactive team building sessions work colleagues will have to learn from each other. In effect, these colleagues will recognise the skills in each other that will best achieve the common musical goals that we set them. This, in turn, will foster the motivation, communication, support and trust within the team. Which is exactly what is required for a successful team performance!
In practical terms we can structure these sessions as purely fun activities for cultural diversity and understanding. Whilst 'fun' is always a popular choice, we can also make them more competitive and goal-focussed ones. With the result that teams can win prizes. We trust that our clients will be the ones paying for those free 5 star vacations to tropical destinations, however... Please see some of our artists in team building action here.