Afrikaya Guitar Lottery

AFRIKAYA GUITAR LOTTERY: considering getting yourself or a loved one a great guitar for a gift? Look no further. Afrikaya’s guitar lottery, at just £2 a go, may win you a fantastic guitar worth over £300. Details at bottom of page.

You can make as many entries as you wish. The winning name will be drawn from a hat at 3.30 pm on 21 October at Afrikaya’s Autumn Craft Bazaar.

Pay your £2 for 1 entry or £10 for 6 entries via Write ‘guitar’ in the comments section. If you win, it is collect only from Wiltshire, UK!

For alternative ways of paying, please email

This brand new guitar, has been generously donate by Nick Hyde of Garrison Guitars in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

“The Dean EQA Exotica Quilt Ash Acoustic-Electric Guitar really lives up to it’s name Exotica! The top, back, and sides of the EQA are made entirely of quilted ash and the body is triple bound. It comes with Grover tuners, inlaid rosette, plus a Dean DMT G03 Preamp system with built in tuner. The cutaway body gives full fretboard access for maximum playability.”



Afrikaya Sponsored Walk 13 May 2018

How Far Will You Go to Make a Difference?

A 10k walk through the beautiful Pewsey Vale.

Do your bit and get fit!

The sponsored walk for 2017 took place on Sunday 14th May. It raised over £1000 for Afrikaya.

We are doing it again! Sunday 13 May 2018!

10.00 check in ready for 10.30 start

A sponsored ‘walktoschoolathon’ for Afrikaya. This 12K walk through the beautiful Pewsey Vale is almost the distance that children in New Yundum, The Gambia [some as young as 3 years old] were walking to school each day, including crossing a busy 4 lane highway – the main Banjul to Brikama highway. The walk is in its fourth year – by popular demand.

Start and finish: Golden Swan, Wilcot, Nr Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5NN

There is no registration fee. However, you are expected to raise sponsorship or make a personal donation in lieu of sponsorship. Suggested amount £10.00 [under 17s £5.00].

For more information, please go to Sponsored Walk Information 2018

For entry details and sponsorship forms, please email.

Donate via BTMyDonate; then send your donation reference number to us by email. This way we receive an extra 25% donation Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer.

You can also create your own fundraising page – that way you dont have to chase people for sponsorship after the event!

Alternatively, download our Sponsorship_Form 2018 2

You don’t have to take part to donate. Donate via our event page.




Autumn Craft Bazaar 21 October 2017

21 October 2017

Alton Barnes, Wiltshire,  for your early Christmas shopping.

11am – 4pm
Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB

What makes the Afrikaya Bazaar different?

  • Afrikaya has many loyal supporters thereby not just relying on local people. This increases the footfall.
  • Live music and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Warm Gambian lunch available at very reasonable cost.
  • Unusual gifts to make your gift buying fun – made by local craftspeople or sourced from craftspeople in The Gambia.
  • Drum circle at 4 p.m..

The following artists and craftspeople are already signed up to take part. If there is a link, click on it to find out more. You will find a gallery of photos near the bottom of the page.

Julia Jenkins            Handcrafted gemstone jewellery

Barbara Hopkins     Handknitted boleros and semi-precious jewellery

Sharon Searley         Sharon is a regular at our craft events with her range of Handmade Silver and Copper Jewellery

Annette Hobbs           Lino cut prints and knitty things – everyone will remember Annette’s lovely knitted teddies and rabbits!!

Tamsin Rosie              Hand-carved wooden spoons and bowls, hand carved wooden jewellry and wooden trinket boxes with pyrography art.

Afrikaya African Artifacts  Selling drums, percussion, artefacts, jewellery, and so on, from Africa, in particular, The Gambia, and elsewhere.

Suzanne Dawkins        First-timer at Afrikaya Craft Bazaar, talented artist and crafts person. You’ll love her work!

Jane Smith                     Fellow Gambiaphile, who runs a charity called Just Act Gambia, is joining us to sell her range of Jagshiki Designs.

Sarah Snelling               Simply Sarah Crafts is offering handmade chocolate, jams, chutneys, hand-painted glass, greetings cards and much much more.

Kim Bowskill                  Another Gambiaphile and a great friend. First time with us at the Craft Bazaar. Beautiful hand painted stones.

Paula Brown                    For those of you with a sweet tooth, Paula, from Upavon, is joining us with her sweet stall.

Florist Jacqueline Borgust is also joining us, selling candle sticks, vases, and artificial flowers.

For your entertainment throughout the day we have 2 musical duos of vocals and guitar:

1)  Click on the link and hear the stunning vocals and acoustic bass guitar combined to create new, and original, jazzfolksiness songs. – After Lark Duo 

2) Steve Anderson and Val Evans from Simply Acoustic have a diverse repertoire of lesser known contemporary songs with original arrangements and harmonies.

Also singer songwriter Tamsin Quin.

Warm lunch available des cuisine de la Payne-Kumar’s – delicious African and Indian curries for lunch – at a very reasonable cost. Also refreshments and cakes throughout the day.

Here is a gallery of some of the beautiful things you will find for sale at the Bazaar!

If you would like to donate, go to BTMyDonate.


Afrikaya Drum Circles every fortnight

Afrikaya drum circles take place roughly once every 2 weeks:

Dates on flyer at bottom of page

Saturdays 2 pm to 4 pm

Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB

All proceeds from our community drum circles go direct to support the work of Afrikaya in The Gambia.

Everyone is welcome, whatever their age or ability. No booking required. However, if you are coming along with a larger group – please let us know beforehand so that we can make sure we have enough drums.

If you are not a member of Wiltshire Drum Circles on Facebook or do not receive our regular drum circle emails, please email to check if the circle is still on.

Afrikaya Drum Circles involve hand drums [mostly djembes from Africa], other percussive instruments from around the world, and also any other instruments that complement the free-form rhythm produced by the circle.

To see a recent video of mostly novice drummers, go to Afrikaya Drum Circle Video

Dancers are more than welcome. Drumming and dancing are very much linked as part of the West African culture. As well as facilitating rhythm, West African djembe rhythms and specific dances are practiced in harmony to tell a story from an African tradition.

Afrikaya drum circles are a combination of community circles, facilitated circles, and teaching of West African rhythms.

Let’s make this the best year EVER for drumming and for Afrikaya.

If you want more information about our drum circles, please go to Afrikaya Drum Circles2