Afrikaya Drum Circles

Afrikaya drum circles take place roughly twice a month:

Sorry – cancelled until at least June due to ill health.

As well as providing a fun way to spend an afternoon, Afrikaya Drum Circles have:

a) provided a Support Group for our participants throughout the pandemic.

b) raised money for our charity operating in West Africa

According to a well-cited article on Green Med, there are six evidence-based benefits to drumming, beyond the enhanced mindfulness aspect:

    1. “Reduces blood pressure, anxiety and stress: 2014 study published in Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine.
    2. Improves cognitive function: 2014 study in Journal of Huntington’s Disease.
    3. Pain Reduction: 2012 study published in Evolutionary Psychology
    4. Improve Immunity: 2011 study published in Alternative Therapies and Health Medicine
    5. Induces Theta; enhanced meditation: 2004 study published in the Journal Multiple Sclerosis
    6. Depression and Emotional Disorders: 2001 study published in the Journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine [15]”

Drum circles are often used as music therapy for soldiers suffering from PDTSD

We have been through the GOV.UK regulations with a fine tooth-comb, and it is clear that as we are a support group and run for charitable purposes, we can go ahead. Please decide for yourselves by reading this document Government Covid Regulations at January 2021

  • Windows will be open, so wear something warm.
  • Do not come if you have symptoms or know you should be self isolating.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer provided on entering the building.
  • Please wear a mask until you are seated.
  • Seats will be at 1 metre + distance.
  • Stay at 2 metre distance from everyone whilst standing unless they are in your personal bubble.
  • Please book in advance as we need to limit numbers to 15.
  • Please bring your own refreshments.
  • 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.

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 [pre-pandemic] of mostly novice drummers:

Dancers will be more than welcome once the pandemic is under control. 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 support circles, facilitated circles, and teaching of West African rhythms.

Let’s make 2021 even better for drumming and for Afrikaya.

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

Dates for 2021

 

 

Afrikaya Sponsored Walk May 2021 🙏

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.

The 2020 walk was postponed because of the pandemic. We pray that the virus will be under control by May 2021, to allow our 2021 Walk to go ahead.

May 2021? 

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!