FAQ

Everything You Need ToKnow About Our Team Building

While everyone is different, our clients often choose to keep the session a surprise for delegates, adding even more ‘wow factor’.

General

Where are the team building programs delivered?

With local African facilitators in each state and territory (i.e. musicians/dancers that have grown up in Africa but now live in Australia), we can deliver programs all over the country. We can facilitate a program at your workplace or at another indoor or outdoor venue that suits your requirements.


What group sizes can you work with?

We’ve delivered programs for groups ranging in size from 5 – 1000 participants!


Can we weave our company messaging into an event?

Absolutely. We can creatively incorporate your tagline, new product launch, theme or other branding elements into any event.


Can I try before I buy?

You certainly can, our Free Team Building Activities will give you an insight into what we do and also give you a preview of our facilitators in action.


What I want isn’t on your Rate Guide

No problemo! We may be able to tailor our entertainment to suit your requirements/vision. Please give us a call on 1300 781 380 or send us a question via our enquiry form.


Will this work for my team?

We are definitely biased, but after watching 1000s of people take part in team building, we have witnessed heaps of joy. The power of drumming breaks down barriers and inspires team spirit. We use ancient rhythms as a cutting-edge tool for communication. Your team will embark on a musical journey to discover their team pulse. Having lots of fun along the way, the result will be a unified, uplifted and motivated group. Your team will appreciate that you are thinking of them as more than just a cog in the machine.


I don’t think everyone will be into it

There can sometimes be a group that is slow to warm up, where the energy is not immediately present, but a few energetic people amongst them bring them all out of their shells. Our facilitators understand group dynamics & know how to pinpoint & utilise these energetic individuals. With our encouragement, they unleash this special power and the bonding begins naturally and within a few minutes. Often, it’s the ones you least expect that end up taking on active roles and enjoying themselves the most. Which makes it even more fun for everyone else.

Read more on our blog – Team Building Doesn’t Have To Be A Drag


Why should I choose African Beat for team building?

We are recognised as an industry leader in the planning and delivery of African Drumming team building programs all over Australia. Our longevity of over 15 years coupled with the skills, experience and expertise of our facilitators and staff, ensure quality and purpose in the delivery of our events. Our facilitators are all authentic African musicians/dancers who are passionate about their culture & using the power of music to bring people together. Their engagement with groups is unsurpassed by their work ethic and passion.


Who will lead the team building?

Our team building sessions are always led by a Master Drummer from Africa. They will facilitate the activity & depending on the option you choose, they will be supported by other drummers & dancers from Africa. All our performers are authentic African musicians/dancers… The real deal!

As well as that, we demand that each of our facilitators possess that special blend of demonstrated skill, practical experience, corporate acumen, great communication skills, charisma, energy, and, (most importantly!) a fondness for fun.


Where is African Beat located?

While our office is based on the sunny Gold Coast, our performers are nationwide, so we can create successful events wherever you are.


How long have you been running team building events?

We’ve been doing this long enough (over 15 years) to know how to make a team building event a real success. Our Performers have even more experience, so you’re in good hands.

Booking

What’s involved in booking?

We have made it super simple for you. There are 3 steps to the booking process:

  1. Let us know the event details & option you want.
  2. Sign a confirmation document to lock us in on your preferred date & time.
  3. Pay a 50% deposit.
  4. Answer a maximum of 10 logistics questions (half of which can be directed to your venue contact).
  5. Enjoy the activity & lap up the praise from happy delegates!

What other preparations will I need to make?

We prepare and deliver all necessary equipment and handle all set-up at your location or at the location you choose.

Once you have decided on a location, you just need to make sure that there are enough chairs for each delegate. African Beat will provide the equipment and facilitation to involve your whole group.  The activities will energise your staff and incorporate your specific outcomes/theme!

For groups over 100 people, there may be sound amplification required, but we can discuss this with you and your venue.


What can we do to reinforce the experience?

We have memento’s available for purchase that can be given to your delegates as a keepsake. You can even get your logo on mini drums and we offer bulk buy pricing. The options & pricing can be found on the last page of our Price List. Get our Rate Guide.


How much notice do I need to give to book an event?

We certainly take last minute bookings – providing we are available. However, our calendar does get pretty full so please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment and to allow sufficient time for planning.

There may also be additional administration fees added to bookings that are made with less than 2 weeks notice.

What happens on the day?

You’ll have some very happy staff for a start!

What time do you arrive?

We usually arrive around 45 minutes to 1 hour before an Interactive Drumming/Team Challenge event to allow plenty of time for unloading the drums & moving our vehicle from the loading dock (if necessary). For events with over 150 people, we may even arrive earlier. For Body Percussion events, there is significantly less equipment required and so around 30 minutes is sufficient for this type of activity.

We are able to work with you to ensure our set up doesn’t affect your day – i.e. we can arrive earlier to set up during a break and we can set up discreetly so your delegates don’t expect a thing until the big reveal.


What do I need to supply?

Just the participants & their chairs!


What’s involved in the set up?

You don’t need to lift a finger! Our African Performers will need to get as close as possible to the performance area (we can discuss this with your venue) to be able to transport our equipment to the venue. The drums will be set up on each of the chairs (or underneath the chairs) for interactive drumming.


What about the pack up?

Again, we do everything. We will pack up immediately after our session but we can also work around you and wait until there is a break so that your delegates are not disturbed. We can delay packing away if you need to deliver a talk or another session straight afterwards.


Will I be able to have this at my venue?

Our team Building activities can take place almost anywhere – indoors or outdoors, anywhere in Australia. We are able to make whatever space you have available work for us, as long as your team can fit in with a bit of extra room. We recommend discussing this with your venue too or putting us in contact with them to work out the best set up.


What’s the best room layout?

If possible, a semi-circle/horseshoe layout is ideal. Our experienced performers can make most layouts are work, from lecture halls to restaurants. For drumming sessions, chairs are needed for participants. If space is limited, we many be able to design a Team Building session to suit the space.


How long is the activity?

We have a few options for you from 5-90 minutes. Please take a look at our Rate Guide to work out your preferred option.


Can we take pictures/videos?

You can certainly take pictures for internal purposes – can you please ensure African Beat is referenced so anyone who sees it can also know who was involved. We’d also love to see the pictures so if you could email them to us that would be appreciated.

And if you want to share any on Facebook or Instagram please use the links to tag us.

Payment

How much does it cost?

Our Rate Guide lets you choose your own African Drumming adventure.


How are your fees determined?

We take into consideration the number of participants, location & number of performers to provide you with an all-inclusive price. There are no unexpected fees, as we understand that our clients appreciate transparency.


Do you charge extra for travel expenses?

If your chosen location is outside a reasonable driving distance it will impact the event fee. Our Price List allows you to calculate the cost for additional travel but If we may need to fly, we will prepare a tentative schedule for your event, and send you an all-inclusive event proposal.

All travel fees will be part of the all-inclusive proposal – and you will NEVER have to worry about add-ons or unexpected incidentals.


How do I pay?

When you make a booking, a 50% pre-payment is due to lock in your date & time. The remainder is due after the event (14 days). We will send you an invoice with instructions of how to transfer the money into our bank account. There is also an option to pay by credit/debit card (please let us know if you want this option) and there is a 3% processing fee for this method.


How do I pay by credit/debit card?

If there is no “processing fee” amount listed on your invoice, you first need to tell us you’d like to pay via card. A quick phone call/email is ok. Next, click “Review & Pay “on the email we send you & then the green Pay now button. This will take you to PayPal where you can sign in to your account or continue as a guest.

Team building through the power of drumming