Afrikaya Drum Circles

Afrikaya drum circles take place roughly twice a month:

Dates on flyer at bottom of page – September onwards only.

The hall is covid safe and all the windows will be open, so wear something warm. Please book in advance as we need to have numbers limited to 20. If you need to borrow 1 of our drums, you must book in advance.  Please email

Please note increase in donation entry £10 per person; £7 concessions. Family rates, please ask. Drum hire £3 per drum.

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.

Suitable for beginners to intermediate. 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.

Here’s a recent video of mostly novice drummers:

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 2020 even better for drumming and for Afrikaya.

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

Dates for 2020

 

Afrikaya Sponsored Walk 17 May 2020 Postponed

How Far Will You Go to Make a Difference?

A 12k walk through the beautiful Pewsey Vale.

Less arduous and shorter walk available. Please ask at least a couple of days in advance so we have driver available.

Sunday 17 May 2020!

Afrikaya’s 6th sponsored walk!

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 sixth year – by popular demand.

Start and finish: Wilcot Village Hall,  Wilcot, Nr Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5NN

Although there is no registration fee, you are expected to raise sponsorship or make a personal donation in lieu of sponsorship. Suggested amount:

£10.00

under 17s £5.00; under 12s £2.00

Wilcot Village Hall will be open all day. Once the walkers have set off, we will be serving tea/coffee and cake to anyone who wants to call in. Lunch will be available from 12.30. Menu: soup and crusty bread; ploughman’s.

Call in and find out more about Afrikaya.

For more information, please go to Sponsored Walk Information 2020

Sponsored Walk Information 2020

For entry details and sponsorship forms, please email.

Alternatively, download our Sponsorship_Form 2020

Donate via Virgin Money Giving. Then send your donation reference number to afrikayathecharity@gmail.com. This way, if you agree to Gift Aid,  we receive an extra 25% donation Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer.

You can also donate via PayPal Giving Fund 

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

You don’t have to take part to donate. Donate via Virgin Money Giving on our event page.

Here are a couple of photos taken part way through the walk!