energizes, relieves stress and
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
Upbeat Rhythms facilitate a
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.
@ Upbeat Rhythms school, Witta (near
Students can choose to study African
or Latin style drumming; the school offers a wide range of rhythms in both
Work in a patient and fun environment,
tailored to individual needs and levels. Class times can be booked as suits
The OBI ABATA big rhythm band offers
for students of the school.
Upbeat Rhythms also offers professional
guidance to adults and youth ensembles from rehearsal to arrangement and
Natalie Richy has studied with master
drummers in Australia and
undertaken two intensive study tours in Cuba.
works professionally as a street and concert performer, her musical style
ranging from the African and Latin traditions, to contemporary Jazz/Funk
She currently performs with bands Canta
la Tumba and Obi Abata and has all these acts available for hire through Upbeat
Maleny/Kenilworth rd. Witta 4552 Qld Ph (07) 54 358 208
African/Zimbabwe Traditional Drumming
Traditional high energy polyrhythm’s
from various regions of Africa with an
emphasis on music made for dancing and celebration.
This workshop explores the joyous
traditional of African and Cuban rhythms, with a focus on music used for
healing and to uplift the spirit.
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.
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
Ande FosterCo-coordinator "World
Music Stage and Workshops"
With Mary Festival '08