West African Drumming & Percussion workshop 12/6 Lang Concert Hall

West African Drumming & Percussion Workshop

Traditional Rhythms of the Malinké

with Tara Tucker

DrumUpBig Australia

drums provided: no experience necessary—beginners on up.

December 6, 2012

4:15—5:30 PM

Lang Concert Hall


Please reserve a place (and a drum): email your

interest to Kim Arrow: karrow1@swarthmore.edu

or show up on the day


Tara is an internationally recognized djembe player.  She has performed with major artists such as Chris Berry (USA), Mamady Keita (Japan, Singapore, USA), Ganga Giri (Australia), Wala (Ghana), Ben Hakalitz (Papua New Guinea/Australia) and Kobya (Mazambique) among others.

Tara uses drumming and singing as a tool for community development, and for building cognition, self-esteem and identity in Australian Aboriginal communities throughout Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula and recently in the Dharavi megaslum  (Slumdog Millionaire) of Mumbai.

She is the only Australian certified as a Tam Tam Mandingue Teacher by Mamady Keita, Grand Master of the Djembe, and is one of only seven Examiners for the TTM Grading system for djembe and dunun.  Tam Tam Mandinge International School of West African Drumming consists of fifteen schools world-wide in seven countries.  Mamady Keita is author of Mamady Keita: A Life for the Djembé—Traditional Rhythms of the Malinké.