Earlier this year, African Beat, namely Tuza (our Artistic Director) became one of the 100 Faces of Small Business in Queensland. We are honoured to be whittled down to the chosen 100.
The 100 Faces of Small Business is a government initiative that showcases the human stories behind diverse small businesses and highlights their unique experiences and inspiring stories.
We’ve all heard that when you buy a product/service from a small business some actually does a happy dance! Well, when this small business found out that we’d be one of the 100, there was happy dancing x 100!
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.
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 re-energise 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 flu, the lower energy that comes when it gets cold.
Cleaning up gets rid of clutter … but where to start?
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 teamwork 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 a 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 also lifts the spirits.
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.
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:
Employee engagement is vital for business growth. It is the emotional commitment people have to the business, which underpins how much they care about what they do.
Do you have team members that show up to work, listless, disinterested and who only do the bare minimum to get by? You know they are good at what they do but they just are not engaged.
It happens in most workplaces. People start with a workplace excited about the opportunities and dedicated to meeting the organisation’s goal and values.
Somewhere along the line, they unplug, becoming just a cog in the wheel.
As the leader, it is not the boss’s job to make sure the staff are happy; that is up to them, but it is important to keep people engaged. Without employee engagement, without commitment, without motivation, no one gives their best and the workplace becomes a lacklustre environment, devoid of enthusiasm and tangible successes
If you look around and find your people are disconnected, here are five ways to plug them back in for an energy boost and tick your employee engagement box.
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.