Which African Entertainment Company?

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Stop! Before Booking ANY Entertainment…

With so much choice online these days, how do you know which African Entertainment company to book?
Let me ask you a simple question… How do you know you are getting 100% Authentic African drummers and dancers at the best price? Can all these companies who claim to offer African entertainment be relied on? In our experience, no they can’t! We’ve heard some horror stories over the years and we don’t want to be tarnished with the same brush!

So, before booking, please consider the questions below.

African Entertainment Company

  • Do they have Working With Children Checks and Public Liability?
  • Are the performers authentic? Meaning are they actually from Africa?
  • Is the entertainment authentic? Meaning is it a traditional cultural experience?
  • Can they provide you with at least 10 testimonials from various organisations?
  • Do they offer entertainment that includes African Dance, Music, Drumming and Singing?
  • Can they deliver nationwide? If so are you sure they will turn up or not cancel on you at short notice?
  • Do they have credibility or do you know how long they have been around for?
  • Do they have a dedicated support team to help you coordinate your event?

If they can’t answer these questions with full confidence we strongly recommend that you keep searching! You don’t want to ruin your event or day by booking the wrong company. We have seen so many organisations let down by companies claiming to provide similar experiences, so choose wisely.

For an African Entertainment Company you can rely on consider us, African Beat. We just don’t provide entertainment but an experience you will never forget. We take pride in every experience we provide and promise you will not be disappointed.

Spring Clean Your Workplace

The doonas have been put away at home. You no longer need to rug up like an eskimo to get to work in the morning and when you leave, the sun is still shining.

Spring is here and many people are giving their home a once-over. So why not give the office a spring clean. Time to go through the filing cabinets, clear out all the many plastic lids in the staff kitchen and reenergise the team.

Giving the workplace a spring clean is more than just cleaning, it is removing any stagnant energy built up after a winter of colds and flus, the lower energy that comes when it gets cold.

Cleaning up gets rid of clutter … but where to start?

Your desk

When was the last time your desk had a good wipe over? Chances are you came to work with a snuffly nose and a pesky cough, breathing germs all over your space. Time to get the spray cleaner and wipe down your phone, keyboard, mouse and desk. File away old papers, get rid of the piles in your to do list and organise into something resembling order. Then hit your email inbox getting rid of junk mail and emails you have responded to.

Equipment check

There is nothing more annoying than a printer that constantly jams up. If cash flow allows, maybe it is time to get a new one. You have probably heard lots of cursing coming from the photocopier room and this frustration leads to a decrease in productivity. Spring is a great time to check all office equipment to make sure it is working and functioning at 100%.

Team spirits

They’ve done studies finding winter makes people sad. It is called seasonable affective disorder (SAD). It impacts motivation, energy and loss of interest. Then there is the constant cycle of illness that comes with every winter – ongoing colds and flus that wear people down. It is worth considering a team spring clean of the spirit. A great way to do this is by doing a team building day with African Beat. Armed with drums, the team comes to you to help your team make music together. It is inspiring, brings everyone together as a renewed team and is the ultimate mood lifter.

Salaka’s Favourite Ghanaian Recipe

Ghanaian Recipe

Salaka’s Ghanaian recipe is delicious.

Did you know Salaka means sharing? Salaka want to share their culture with Australians. Here’s our favourite dish you can make at home. 

Ghanaian Goat Curry/Stew

Ghanaian Recipe Ingredients

Lots of Oil for frying*

Chopped Goat Meat with bones**

Onions

Garlic

Chilli Pepper***

Ginger, grated (approx. 2 TBsp)

Tomato Puree (approx. 4 small tins)

Chopped Tomatoes (4 tins)

Maggi cubes, at least 6 (according to taste) alternative use ordinary stock cubes.

Curry Powder – Madras – (3-4 Tsp If you want a stronger curry flavour, add more)

Fresh Coriander, chopped (lots)

Fresh Parsley (preferably flat leaf), chopped (approx. 2 Tsp).

Water

Method

Put all the ingredients, except for the onions, chilli and tomato paste into a large oven casserole dish or slow cooker/crock pot.

Fry the onions and chilli pepper until the onions are soft, and then add the tomato puree. Continue frying this for a few minutes.

Add this to the rest of the ingredients in the pot. Stir in water according to desired consistency (you may need to add more water during the cooking process.

Give it all a good stir. For the oven, casserole use the usual setting you use when making meat casseroles – e.g. 160-200C. Again let it cook for several hours until the meat is tender, just falls off the bone, but not disintegrating.

Notes

* Oil – It’s worth noting that Ghanaians use a lot of oil and salt in their cooking. You can still achieve a delicious dish by using less of the bad stuff!

** Goat – trade for lamb or beef if you can’t find goat
*** Chilli Pepper – should look like a sweet bell pepper but small & squashed. The squashed chilli peppers are HOT, they give a great flavour, though. If you can’t take the heat, do not cut open the chilly, let it cook whole and then take out before serving. If you can’t get that one, any other hot chilli will do.

Team Building Doesn’t Have To Be A Drag

The announcement comes through the internal messaging system – the date for the next team building activity.

Throughout the organisation, there are collective groans and eye rolls because the team knows it will be like Groundhog Day – the same old same old. The keynote speaker talking about team work and sharing a story while most struggle to stay awake and engaged.

Or it is a physical activity that gets the fit in the office excited but the ones who are not so athletic, cringe and hope they will be sick that day.

Or the trust fall activity. Yes, your colleague might catch you on the day but there is big difference between doing something because you are expected to and being accountable.

If you are going to do team building, make sure it is something that everyone can connect over, that brings people together in the spirit of creating something worthwhile and lifts the spirits.

African drumming can do all of this. There are many articles on the healing power of drumming for the individual. The same applies to teams.  Here’s why and how.

Attitude

You do not have to be Dave Grohl or John Bonham to nail drumming especially as a team building exercise. Drumming as a team is about movement and unifying emotion and thought.

Health

There is something about making music as a team that lifts the spirits – the joy on people’s face when they are in harmony with those around them. Studies have shown that drumming can be great for releasing anger and creating joy. It is all about stress relief – when we hold onto anger and other emotions that create disruption, it leads to illness and disease. Drumming alleviates this.

Connection

When you get African Beat into to a team building session, there is a team bonding over the drums. By creating a team orchestra, new dynamics are established. Drumming brings people together in creativity and spirit.

Different

Doing the same thing over and over is a recipe for disengagement. There is nothing to look forward to. Even if you do drumming a couple of times a year as a team, each session is different. Different sounds are created. Different beats are generated. Making music is the ultimate in being creative. It makes people smile and have fun.

A Hens Party Activity The Hen Would Never Expect

Hens Party Activity

Sure, the old faithful Cocktail Mixing and Dance Classes are fun as a Hens Party Activity, but we’ve all been there and done that. There are only so many willy straws and topless waiters a woman can take!

Above all, you want to treat your bestie to something she would never expect, something completely unique to make her last hurrah truly memorable! It is her Hens Party after all.

Interactive African Drumming is an invigorating hens party activity. It also provides an opportunity to bond with the girls while doing something none of you has ever tried before.

Drum Roll, Please!

Picture this… Guests are surprised and delighted with a vibrant African drum and dance spectacular by a Master Drummer from Africa. Using an array of traditional African drums and dressed in colourful and vibrant African costume, our authentic musicians transport your guests to the tribal villages of Africa. The whole atmosphere vibrates with the sounds of drumming and singing.

Here’s What To Expect For An African Drumming Hens Party Activity

  • Everyone drums together with an electric atmosphere in the air. The energy of the music creates excitement and smiles all round.
  • African Beat’s Master Drummer from Africa guides the girls to play a variety of different African beats, layering sounds, and rhythms, bringing everyone together in harmony.
  • Take pleasure in watching the ladies transform into a unified percussion orchestra, laughing, enjoying themselves and opening up to each other.
  • Our talented performers showcase their drumming and dancing solos adding a fantastic WOW factor to the event.

What’s More…

If that isn’t enough, the upbeat music gets you all dancing like no-ones watching.

Drumming together lifts spirits and lowers inhibitions so expect everyone to let loose and dance to the beat of their own drum! Think tribal warrior style.
Not forgetting the all-important bride-to-be. She’ll be the star of the show!

Think Outside The Box

Forget tradition for a hens party activity and blow the future bride away with something they’ll never forget!

African Beat loves to delight their clients with dynamic, upbeat displays of authentic African entertainment. Find out more.

Revolutionary Body Percussion for Team Building

Body Percussion Clapping

What is body percussion?

Body Percussion is traced back to the mines of South Africa, where miners communicated with each other using sounds and rhythms. You can make music even without instruments because your body is an instrument! Your body acts like a drum-kit which means you can create amazing rhythms through clap, snap, stomp and slap and more. So, the main movements that we use at African Beat are:

  • Clicking the fingers
  • Clapping the hands
  • Patting or knocking the chest
  • Patting the thighs with open palms
  • Stamping the feet on the floor

It’s a bonding exercise

Have you ever seen a group of people working together to produce the same rhythm? It’s unifying, electrifying, and above all fun, all rolled into one. Body percussion is a quick technique and also one of the simplest ways of experiencing elation in a large group of people because there’s no setup or equipment.

This team building activity utilises your body as a source of percussion! Your team will come together as they slap, clap, click, stomp, and even bump their way to a universal rhythm. It’s a very versatile way to energise, connect, and motivate people, particularly if you are short of time.

Free Body Percussion for Team Building Resource

We are African Beat! First of all, we have 15 years experience in organising Team Building and Incentive events for small, medium, large & also huge companies. Our sessions are a fail-safe way to get the entire audience involved and moving to the rhythm because of the energising beats and rhythms generated. Our Body Percussion session will get your audience to move in unity and create a very unique and powerful experience of togetherness which they will certainly remember for a lifetime!

Download our FREE Body Percussion Team Building Video

Benefits

  1. Total inclusion – Anyone and everyone can participate, irrespective of culture, language, age or fitness level. Above all, no previous musical experience is required!
  2. Lack of competition – Body Percussion does not create divisions between participants so no one loses out or is humiliated.
  3. Stress release – This creative process releases natural endorphins hence people relax and just have some fun time.
  4. Long-lasting effects – Most people that have participated in our team building body percussion activity say that memories of the activity stay with them for a long time. We make sure that the audience will have a memorable and fun experience.

Word of warning… The one thing that you need to worry about is your staff taking off on world tours with their new air band!

When to use body percussion?

One of the main features is its appropriateness to a broad range of occasions, including:

  • team building events
  • team meetings
  • conferences
  • meeting and conference openings
  • icebreakers
  • corporate away-days
  • conference and meeting energisers
  • management and leadership training
  • motivational events
  • corporate parties
  • product launches

Therefore, the best part is, you don’t need an instrument to make music — you always have a hand clap just an arm’s length away (drum roll, please!)

African Beat are leaders in African Style Body Percussion. In fact, our Performers (including Master Drummer Tuza – the Artistic Director of African Beat) have been playing percussion all their life.

We specialise in providing inclusive events for team building and corporate entertainment. In our vast experience, we have successfully delivered plenty of team building events, involving thousands of participants from around the globe. We give emphasis to the activities that are enjoyable by everyone. Body Percussion brings people together, and the effects last for a long time.

BOOM Beats – Interactive Drumming for Everyone

BOOM Beats! Drumming for everyone!

BOOM Beats! A must see show!

BOOM Beats! provides a rare opportunity that involves the whole family, from the youngest to the oldest, to boogie on down and have some fun together. Complete with an African drum on each seat you are drawn into not only a music lesson but also a visual & audible spectacle from the incredible performers.

The Salaka Ensemble

This group of musicians, singers and dancers, billed as Ghana’s hottest Drum & Dance Ensemble, have toured Australian schools & local communities for the past 11 years. Saturday, September 22, 2018 marks their debut Public Show, right here in Brisbane. The Salaka Ensemble are incredibly energetic and passionate about sharing their heritage. It only takes a few minutes to understand why – it’s truly fantastic. Their infectious enthusiasm for the music will create an overwhelming desire for the audience to experience this joy for themselves.

Enchanting, exhilarating and engaging

With an African Djembe drum on every seat (we don’t call them Bongos, come to the show to find out why!) you won’t be able to resist giving them a try, tapping a few beats while you wait for the show to begin.
From the outset, expect a party feel. BOOM Beats! does not rely on the drums alone to create an atmosphere, be prepared for singing and dancing, a story and a surprise or two to leave you wanting more.
The quality of the acapella singing, the dancing and, in particular, the drumming is sure to stun audiences.
The drums on every seat ensure that EVERYONE is able to join in the fun of a show that embraces the audience in such a feel-good atmosphere of togetherness.

The Essential Bits to Know

Date: Saturday 22 September 2018
Time: 2pm
Location: Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, QLD
Free Entry for children under two (no seat allocated).

Get your tickets today… don’t miss out on this opportunity to bring your family together.

Finally, a show that is as fun for you as it is for the kids!

African Drumming Lifts Spirits At The Gold Coast Marathon

African Drumming Gold Coast Marathon

Sunday 1 July 2018 marks the 40th edition of the Gold Coast Marathon & runners are celebrating with African Drumming! We are thrilled to be chosen to provide weary runners with a welcome distraction. The Gold Coast may be famous for it’s flat, fast and 42km scenic course, but it’s no easy feat so African Beat’s Authentic African drummers will be there to create an exciting atmosphere for participants & spectators.

Benefits of Drumming for Team Building in the Workplace

Drumming for Team Building

We all understand the importance of team members feeling comfortable working together & trusting each other. Team building is vital to a company’s success & should be incorporated into the schedule to ensure maximum productivity. Of the least known yet effective team bonding activities, African drumming makes the list. This involves a team drumming together in sync in a bid to improve on group dynamics in addition to enhancing togetherness. Few people are aware of how effective drumming is to team building. We are going to take a look at the benefits of drumming for team building in the workplace.