Ongoma Drumming Sensation

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The Swakopmund-based cultural group, Ongoma Workshop, are to hold regular drumming circles every Wednesday at the Tower Bar in the Old Breweries complex on Tal Street 40, it was announced in a press release. After a successful year of interactive corporate workshops and performance shows throughout the country, Ongoma Workshop, drummers and cappella singers have decided to pack their bags and bring their particular brand of magic to the capital. On Wednesday February 15 at 19h00 to 21h00, Ongoma Workshop will facilitate their first Djembe Drumming Circle at the Tower Bar in the Old Breweries Complex. Participants can bring their own drums or rent one of Ongoma’s West African Djembes at a nominal fee. Ongoma drummers will be on hand to facilitate and direct this free-for-all music jam. Plans are underway to move to their own premises in the Craft Centre at the Old Breweries in the near future, where drumming circles and interactive workshops will be held on a regular basis. Over the past year Ongoma Workshop presented participation-based drumming circles and performance shows on a regular basis at the Tiger Reef Bar in Swakopmund, which proved to be popular both with local Swakopmunders as well as tourists. During 2005 Ongoma Workshop has enthralled audiences from Opuwo to Sossusvlei on their numerous teambuilding workshops and corporate performance shows and established an enthusiastic following of interested players. It is on their urging that the group has decided to establish a base in Windhoek. Ongoma Workshop will still be available for performance shows and interactive drumming workshops for interested parties and drumming circles can also be organised at other outdoor venues throughout Namibia. For more information feel free to contact the coordinator at 081 127 0880 or e-mail ongoma@iway.na