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Wuntanara – meaning ‘we are together’ – is the exciting creation of

master drummer Souleymane Compo.

Our mission is to celebrate and promote West African music, dance and culture in the UK.

We offer:

  • Outstanding classes and workshops in African drumming and dance

  • Exhilarating live performances of traditional West African drumming, dance and music

 

We work with:

  • Schools

  • Charities and Community groups

  • Corporates

  • Private and family events

  • TV and media

Take a look around our site, and get in touch to find out more…

 
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NEWS BEATS

 

LATEST WUNTANARA ACTIVITIES

Souleymane Compo's weekly African drumming class has moved to a new venue for 2022. The classes now take place at The Music Complex in Deptford, London, on Sundays from 2-4pm. See the Classes section below for details, and contact us for more info.  SouS

Wuntanara are also delivering Community African Drumming workshops on Thursdays from 7-8pm at St John's Church, 353 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP. All ages and abilities are welcome! Contact us for more info.

*Here's our latest Wuntanara African Drumming tutorial for you to enjoy, wherever you are. This one is especially for beginners and improvers. In it Souleymane Compo teaches the Yandaki rhythm, from Guinea Conakry.  Watch it here.

 

We hope you enjoy the video! If you do, please like it, share it, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: Wuntanara TV!

Stay safe, stay well, and we hope to see you soon!

Wuntanara = We Are Together!

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LIVE PERFORMANCES

African Drum and Dance Ensemble

London’s premier West African music and dance ensemble blend red hot Guinean rhythms with soulful songs from the village, accompanied by traditional West African instruments.

Combining energetic performance with raw talent, Wuntanara and their music are paving the way as an influential World Music Band for the modern generation. Since joining forces in 2009, Wuntanara have captivated fans with their signature sound and unique performances. Their rhythms are guaranteed to make you move!

 

If you are looking for talented and authentic African drummers and African dancers in London or around the UK, Wuntanara are available to perform at community festivals, schools, and corporate events as well as private parties, weddings and other celebrations. Contact us for bookings and enquiries.

 
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Wuntanara performance at Open the Gate Festival - June 2016

Wuntanara 10th anniversary look back

Wuntanara Doundounba at People's Day 2011

 

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

 
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Join Master Drummer Souleymane Compo for weekly African drumming classes,

learning traditional Guinean rhythms on djembe and dundun drums.

Sundays from 2-4pm

at The Music Complex, 20 Tanners Hill, Deptford, London SE8 4PJ

£15 per class2

Please bring your own djembe if you have one. Dundun drums are provided.

Free parking available on the nearby streets.

SSouleymane is also teaching a relaxed and friendly Community African drumming class

on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm 

at St Jonh's Church, 353 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP.

£5 adults, £2.50 concessions.

All ages and abilities are welcome!

Contact us for more information about these classes.

Online African Drumming Tutorials

Wherever you are, you can learn African drumming with Wuntanara, via our

online African Drumming Tutorials.

Follow the links below to learn traditional rhythms from Guinea Conakry via Wuntanara TV!

If you like what you see please click Like, leave a Comment and Subscribe to out channel, and let us know which rhythms you would like us to teach next!

Yankadi Rhythm

Triba Rhythm

Kuku Rhythm

Kassa Rhythm

Dibon Rhythm

 

WEST AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE HOLIDAYS 

Wuntanara offer cultural holidays in Guinea Conakry and The Gambia

Come and explore West Africa - its rhythms, flavours, landscapes and culture. As the Wuntanara artists guide you through their homeland you will be able to learn African drumming and dance, while you explore rural, coastal and urban parts of the country.

Your visit to West Africa with Wuntanara will have a positive impact on local communities. Not only will you be providing employment for talented local artists, but your stay will also help to support local families and small businesses.

Contact us for more information and bookings.

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SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY

Wuntanara’s African drum and dance workshops are great for kids:
They give children and young people the opportunity to experience West African culture first hand
Playing and dancing together promotes team working, and helps to build self-confidence
Drumming and dance are fun ways to exercise and develop co-ordination
Drumming and dance are great ways for children to channel their energy, release tension and improve concentration

DRUMMING AND DANCE WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS

We offer vibrant, authentic and engaging West African music, drumming, dance and culture to your school or community group. All our workshop facilitators are accomplished performers and experienced teachers, with DBS certificates available.

Testimonial: "Thanks for today - the children and staff had an amazing time. It was the first workshop we have done since lockdown and it really cheered everyone up. The children couldn't stop talking about the workshop and we'll definitely be booking again for next year (COVID permitting!)."

S. M. Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace

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PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCES

In addition to workshops, Wuntanara also offer engaging and interactive performances of West African music and dance, which are suitable for whole year groups or school assemblies. These include high calibre performances, with audience participation in clapping, singing and dancing. 

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ABOUT US

Wuntanara – meaning ‘we are together’ in the Soussou language from Guinea Conakry – is a collective of outstanding artists from West Africa and dedicated African drumming and dance students from across Europe.

 

Master Drummer Souleymane Compo is the Founder and Artistic Director Wuntanara, and CEO of Wuntanara Ltd.  Souleymane was born into the proud musical tradition in Guinea. As a young man he travelled to The Gambia, where he continued his training in the traditional arts with Guinean masters, in the famous Fatala Drum and Dance School. He soon began teaching African drumming and dance to students from all over the world. An accomplished dancer, he also became choreographer and lead dancer for the Fatala Ballet troupe.

​Souleymane moved from Africa to London in 2004. Since then he has been teaching and performing in schools, weekly classes, festivals and private events across the UK. He combines warmth and patience with great musical knowledge and skill. He is an inspiring teacher, as well as an accomplished performer.

 

​Core members of Wuntanara West African Drumming and Dance include:

 

Ansoumana ‘Vieux’ Bakayoko

An exceptional ‘djembefola’ (master djembe player) from West Africa. From mixed Malian and Guinean heritage, Vieux spent his childhood in Senegal before travelling across the Mandeng lands of Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and back to Senegal, learning from the great drum masters of the age. A key collaborator with Wuntanara, Vieux also leads Bakayoko Music Company, delivering African drumming performances and workshops around the West Midlands. Connect with Bakayoko Music Company on Facebook.

Mamadou Oury Diallo

Oury was born into the musical tradition in Guinea, and then continued his musical education in The Gambia before settling in the UK. A talented and versatile multi-instrumentalist, Oury plays balafon, African flute and kora, in addition to djembe and dundun. His playful and spiritual nature bring a smile to students and audiences of all ages.

 

Salif Camara

Salif belongs to a family of Guinean artists, and began dancing at a young age. An exhilarating dancer, Salif has performed in some of the most acclaimed Guinean ballet troupes and teaches Guinean dance to student across Europe as well as in Guinea. Connect with Salif Camara on Facebook

 

The Wuntanara Ltd Team

Working along Souleymane Compo, Ian Baker is the Chairman of Wuntanara Ltd, and Sarah Compo is the company’s Finance and Marketing Director and occasional roadie.

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CONTACT

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