Group and private drum tuition, World music bands for hire

Group and private drum tuition, World music bands for hire from UPBEAT RHYTHMS School of African / Latin percussion

By: UPBEAT RHYTHMS School of African / Latin percussion  04-Nov-2010
Keywords: Team Building, Private Tuition, Art Programs

Drumming energizes, relieves stress and



Upbeat Rhythmsoffers extensive rhythm training, to individuals and groups of all ages and cultural backgrounds, to school art programs, festivals and events and to businesses aiming to promote team building and creative skills in their companies. Sessions aim to empower groups to work together and share the joy of expressing themselves musically through the use of vibrant African/Latin polyrhythmic music.


Over the past 12 years, workshop leader, Natalie Richy has been a passionate scholar of Afro roots rhythm ensemble music, passing on her traditional drumming knowledge to students all over the Sunshine Coast.

Upbeat Rhythms tuition is based on a solid knowledge of traditional and modern drumming techniques and rhythms.


Group Workshops

Upbeat Rhythms facilitate a Drum Circle up to 15 people.

 *Sessions 1-2 hours throughout the week

*‘tailored to your event’

Festivals and events encourage participants to bring instruments enabling larger groups.


Private tuition

@ Upbeat Rhythms school, Witta (near Maleny, Qld)

Students can choose to study African or Latin style drumming; the school offers a wide range of rhythms in both styles.

Work in a patient and fun environment, tailored to individual needs and levels. Class times can be booked as suits student lifestyle.


The OBI ABATA big rhythm band offers performance opportunities

for students of the school.



Upbeat Rhythms also offers professional guidance to adults and youth ensembles from rehearsal to arrangement and performance stages.

Natalie Richy has studied with master drummers in Australia and

undertaken two intensive study tours in Cuba.

She works professionally as a street and concert performer, her musical style ranging from the African and Latin traditions, to contemporary Jazz/Funk fusion.



She currently performs with bands Canta la Tumba and Obi Abata and has all these acts available for hire through Upbeat Rhythms.



548 Maleny/Kenilworth rd. Witta 4552 Qld Ph (07) 54 358 208




Community workshops

West African/Zimbabwe Traditional Drumming

Traditional high energy polyrhythm’s from various regions of Africa with an emphasis on music made for dancing and celebration.

African/Cuban Folkloric Drumming

This workshop explores the joyous traditional of African and Cuban rhythms, with a focus on music used for healing and to uplift the spirit.

Afro/Cuban Carnival Workshop

This latest Latin cultural workshops being offered by the

Upbeat Rhythms’school shares the exciting 11 part ‘Congo’ rhythm, famous to the Carnival celebrations of ‘Santiago de Cuba’. This fun and interactive group workshop invites participants to learn some of the techniques of Cuban drumming and put together this exciting music in the making of a Conga band.


Natalie Richy's "Cuban Carnival Rhythm Workshop" was a great success at the “Celebrating with Mary Festival ‘08” The workshops was extremely popular with over thirty people taking part. Both experienced and novice percussionists learned the eleven part rhythm over the two-hour workshop.  Later that evening, they performed at the main stage as the climax of the Twilight Parade. To take part in this expert workshop and perform was a great buzz for the participants.

               Ande FosterCo-coordinator "World Music Stage and Workshops"

Celebrating With Mary Festival '08

Keywords: African Latin Drum Tuition World Music for Hire, Art Programs, Latin Percussion, Music for Hire, Private Tuition, Roots Rhythm, Team Building, Traditional Drumming,

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