Afrikaya Drum Circles

Afrikaya drum circles take place roughly twice a month:

Pre-booking only! Scroll to bottom of page for dates!

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

17 years ago, Geoff  (our main facilitator) trained with Arthur Hull village music and has since trained in West African rhythms with various  djembefolabahs (including Naby Lebon Traore) in The Gambia.

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

  • Pre-booking only. Please email
  • Advance payment secures booking
  • Windows may  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 1 metre distance from everyone whilst standing unless they are in your personal bubble.
  • Please book in advance as we need to limit numbers.
  • Refreshments offered, please queue at 1 m distance.
  • 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 simple 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


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