Drumming Workshops in  Senegal with Seckou Keita 14 – 28 January 2018


CITY BOOM BOOM is truly honoured to once again work with the incredible artist and musician – SECKOU KEITA. Despite his extremely busy schedule, Seckou has taken time out to be with City Boom Boom in January 2018. No one has ever been disappointed with Seckou’s workshops; his warm and fun-loving personality together with his highly professional teaching practice, make him one of the most sought-after djembe instructors today.

What makes these workshops so special? Due to Seckou’s busy performance schedule, he has had to limit the amount of time he can dedicate to djembe workshops. And so this really is a unique opportunity to improve your djembe skills under the guidance of a true master! In addition to Seckou’s workshops, we will also be offering workshops in sabar and bougarabou drumming as well as traditional Senegalese dance including sabar, regional dance and traditional Guinean dance.
These workshops never disappoint; two weeks in the beautiful seaside fishing village of Abene where you are guaranteed a warm and musical welcome, a place where you can completely switch off and relax, and where you’ll find yourself reassessing what’s really important in life ♥ Year after year people keep coming back for more and this year we have an even more exciting two weeks in store for you.

Seckou was born in Zinguinchor, Senegal. Through his father he is a descendant of the Malian Keita family of kings and his mother’s family, the Cissokhos, are a griot family (hereditary musicians). He launched his international career in 1996 under the guidance of his uncle Solo Cissokho. In the years that followed, Seckou relocated to the United kingdom, while touring regularly all around the world. He joined the popular world music group Baka Beyond as a drummer in 1998, contributing to their well-received East To West album and in 2000 began to record his own solo debut Baiyo (retitled Mali for a later release through ARC Music), which encompassed his musical journey to date, from Africa to Europe, via India. Seckou also contributed to Salif Keita and Youssou N’Dour UK tours. Also a renowned drummer, Seckou travels around the world giving concerts and workshops, and has collaborated with Mamady Keita on his live album. Seckou also supports environmental projects in the United Kingdom and Africa. For many years now, Seckou has worked with Sewa Beats and co-created the musical arrangements of the concert “Do You Speak Djembé?”.

DRUMMING WORKSHOPS – 35 hours in total

TRADITIONAL SABAR/REGIONAL – 15 hrs – Instructor from DAKAR (tbc) (Senegal)
BOUGARABOU (drums) – 5 hours – Bachari Junior

* There is also the possibility to arrange additional private lessons on djembe with local players as well as private lessons on kora and balafon.


Participants will lodge at the wonderful “Les Belles Etoiles” in twin or double-bedded rooms with bathroom.

There will also be three meals a day in which you will enjoy local produce, including freshly caught fish and local fruits, vegetables, homemade jams and drink delicious cafe touba or kenkeliba.


800 euros for two weeks including 35hrs drumming OR dance, food & accommodation, plus transport to and from airport in Banjul, (if together with group).

* This price also includes one overnight excursion with group, destination TBC.

Deposit, (non-refundable), made payable by November 30, 2017
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We strongly advise that you look for flights into Banjul, in the Gambia. This is much closer to the village where our workshops will take place in Senegal. If flying from the UK, Thomas Cook airlines flight regularly to Banjul. Flights to Dakar are also possible, however, it’s a long journey to Abene by bus or by boat. The overnight boat from Dakar to Zigonchor is a good option and participants use it regularly. We can help arrange this :) We advise you to use the search engine for choosing the best flight options.

City Boom Boom will ensure that you are collected at the airport upon arrival and driven to airport on return. (There might be additional cost for this, if you are arriving at a different time than most of the group or if you are arriving in Dakar).

NOTE:  CITY BOOM BOOM cannot take responsibility for participants flights or travel insurance to or from the country of destination. We can, of course, advise you when choosing routes and destination airports, but each participant must take full responsibility for their flights to and from the given destination.

City Boom Boom advises all participants to check visa requirements.
(Please note that your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months in order to enter any country).


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