About African Beats Camp
ABC IS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE WEST AFRICAN MUSIC & DANCE!
We want to give you the opportunity to DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS by attending pre-booked courses over a number of days and we’d like to INSPIRE YOU with AMAZING EVENING PERFORMANCES featuring TOP TEACHERS / ARTISTS AND GROUPS from West Africa and the UK / Europe.
We will ensure that the workshops are not over-crowded and where possible will provide multiple levels so that you can learn with others of a similar experience / ability.
We are going to keep it SMALL AND FRIENDLY – this means you can all fit into our LOVELY INDOOR SPACE to enjoy the evening entertainment together.
For those not attending the workshops there are EVENING ONLY tickets and
Plus of course we have the usual ESSENTIALS for a HAPPY CAMP EXPERIENCE: Hot showers, toilets, café – African and European food, Di’s hot drinks and cake stall, African crafts and instruments stalls, a therapy zone and a central fire where you can all chill out.
Remember ticket numbers are limited (especially workshop spaces - only 175!), so don’t delay!
Click on the following links for more information below:
Full event tickets
These tickets include 3 days of workshops, evening performances and camping from 4pm on Friday until midday Tuesday.
You will need to be intermediate level or above in either djembe / dundun, sabar or African dance. These are your main choice of workshops over the three days which you will book before coming to ABC. We are running other workshops which are for mixed abilities including beginners.
Any questions about this? Before contacting us, please see the Frequently asked Questions page: FAQ
We have also have a non-workshop ticket option. See below for more information.
All under 18 year olds must be accompanied by a ticket holding parent/guardian whilst at the event.
A child age 11 upwards, who has studied djembe, sabar or African dance at intermediate level or above, can book a place in the adult level workshops. Spaces are limited. This may be suitable for some under 11’s but please contact us first before booking.
Any 7 - 15 year old can attend the kids' drum course run by Hassan of Drumzkool. This will take place when the adults' djembe / sabar / African dance workshops are running. At all other times there are no workshops specifically for children unless they are attending the adult level workshops.
You can get a ticket to come and see the entertainment on Saturday, Sunday or Monday night. If West African music and dance is new to you, be prepared to be blown away by the artists and groups that will be performing. You'll also be able to peruse the stalls and get a bite to eat before the performances start. Workshops and camping not included.
Updated news May 2011: Evening only ticket holders can now camp overnight for an additional fee of £8 per person (no fee for under 16's to camp). Evening only tickets and camping tickets are to be purchased (cash only) on arrival at the ABC Information Tent. Evening only ticket holders who are camping can arrive at 5.30pm (instead of 6.30pm) and must leave site by 11am the following day. There will be a designated camping area for this.
ABC 2011 is being held at Meadow Valley Farm, Thornborough, Nr Buckingham. This is where we held ABCD 2010. We'd like to sincerely thank Claire Morgan for once again hosting our event and particularly for allowing us to extend it from last year's one-day event.
Evening only ticket holders have on site access from 6.30pm on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
There is a maximum number of spaces per workshop to prevent overcrowding.
You will need to select one of the following intensive three-day courses on your ABC Booking Form:
There is a further selection of workshops which you will be able to book at the camp from Friday evening. These will run each afternoon from Saturday to Monday until 6pm. You'll be able to choose two from the list below which will run as a two-day course on Saturday and Sunday. You can book a further two workshops to do on Monday which are for one session.
Amdy Ngom - Sabar
This applies to those who are booking the djembe with dundun course.
The overwhelming feedback from participants at ABC 2009 was their appreciation of having an assessment to ensure being in a class with people of similar drumming ability - so we will be doing this again this year. Those attending the djembe workshops will need to attend assessment sessions between 9.30am and 11.30am on Saturday morning (don't worry you won't be asked to play on your own and it's not an exam!). However, it is extremely important that you attend your assessment so that you don’t lose the opportunity to drum at your best level.
At ABC we will have 5 levels of djembe courses, with around 25 to fit into each group. Our policy at ABC is to have equal numbers in the workshops so that none are overcrowded. We know that we won't get an exact number of 25 applying for each level. For example, it's likely we'll get more than 45 people who will all assess themselves to be the same level. So how do we know or how do they know whether they should go up or down a level? It's all relative to which drummers attend ABC. At home you might be an advanced player in your group, but at ABC you might be less advanced compared to others. During the sessions between 9.30 and 11.30 we'll ask you to drum in groups who have all assessed themselves to be a similar level. One of the teachers will divide the groups up. The result of this will be 5 groups who will be able to learn together rather than groups that contain vastly different levels of ability.
The djembe courses include optional dundun sessions on Sunday and Monday. We are going to give you the opportunity to learn the dundun parts for the djembe rhythms you'll be learning. On Sunday and Monday between10 - 10.45am, each group will have a dundun session. If you have dunduns please bring them with you. If you don't have any you may be able to share. This is an optional session. If you don't want to participate you can just watch until the djembe session starts at 11am.
Note: We have an outdoor drumming curfew at 8pm every evening.
Performances below start at 7.30pm and will finish at around midnight.
Saturday 28th May
ABC Performers include:
This year we are delighted to have at last found a local African caterer who can provide fantastic Ghanaian food. We know she can cater for large numbers as she runs the kitchens in a large local school and this means she is also happy and able cook chips, burgers, jacket pots and fillings too. Food will available all day from breakfast until late evening.
The cafe area will also be serving tea, coffee and chai and Di's scrumptious cakes!
There will also be a licensed bar in the barn, provided by Ebo (from Ghana too!).
Chiltern Therapies (Simon Thornton) will be offering a range of complimentary health treatments to relax your tired muscles and a space to really relax.
If you are interested in crewing, please contact Rosie by sending an email to: