Tuza Afutu is a spectacular performer, passionate teacher and an expert in traditional West African music. He truly comes alive in front of an audience.
Hailing from Ghana, West Africa, Tuza began drumming at an early age. He came from a poor family and says “There is no way we had enough money to buy a drum.” He had to improvise with nothing but pots, pans and jerry-cans.
That was more than three decades ago. Now, Tuza is the Creative Director of African Beat. He entertains Australian audiences with interactive African drum and dance sessions. Tuza captivates diverse groups including school students, aged care residents and corporate high fliers.
We were excited when the Canva team got in touch about a team building in Sydney they wanted us to be part of. But this wasn’t your typical team building. It wasn’t to address conflict or encourage team cohesion like we are often tasked with. This was a party. A celebration of a job well done.
Team Building in Sydney with Canva
When Chris Low got in touch, he told us of the incredible milestones the innovative business had reached…
10 million international users
Over 100 languages (including Zulu)
Canva recognised that each of their staff got them to these milestones and wanted to show their appreciation. Interactive African Drumming fit the bill and we were so pleased to be part of their celebration.
When it comes to entertaining 1500 people or any large group for that matter, you need something with impact. Something that stops people in their tracks, but can also be enjoyed by everyone in the room. It shouldn’t matter, therefore, if you are front and centre or right at the back “with the gods”.
While the benefits of drumming are wide-ranging, as teachers and parents when it comes to extracurricular activities we always have to consider the cost. We consider the benefits and whether or not it will be worthwhile. In terms of Drumming, unless you have studied music yourself, you perhaps do not appreciate what it actually entails to play an instrument and the impact it can have on a child’s development.
Drumming is accessible and portable. The costs incurred far outweigh the benefits in terms of a child’s development.
Loyalty is hard to come by these days, you must wow your customers to foster this. The competition for a dollar is ongoing and never seems to end. Standing out is the key … along with great customer service, quality products and services and passion for what you do.
How do you stand out?
Wow Your Customers with Amazing Customer Service
How quick are people to leave a review about bad service? Far more than about good service. In an age where there are so many options, ‘breaking up’ with a brand is common. The idea is to wow your customers every step of the way. Take the time to train your people in upping their customer service.
Respond to negative reviews – studies have shown that customers are more likely to return if they feel their complaint has been dealt with.
Work is serious business but we must not forget the people doing the work also need to let off steam, otherwise productivity falls and enthusiasm wanes. Want some tips on how to make sure your people are having fun at work?
How To Get Your People Having Fun At Work
We totally realise we are biased, but after watching thousands of people take part in African Beat team building or school sessions, we have witnessed lots 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.
One of our favourite things to do at African Beat is run workshops and events with kids and watching them having fun. There is something about the unbridled joy of beating in time and moving with the beat that makes everyone smile. It is so much FUN!
As adults, we sometimes get caught up in the seriousness of life and concern about being watched or judged.
While adults feel it is their job to teach the younger generation, sometimes there are thing adults can learn from watching kids.
Here is what we have learned from our years working with young people teaching them how to drum: