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 African drumming and dance workshops in schools, regular classes and workshops for adults, African drumming and dance holidays in West Africa, as well as exhilarating live performances and community, corporate and private events.
Take a look around our site, and get in touch to find out more…
COVID 19 AND WUNTANARA ACTIVITIES
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and social distancing rules we are unable to teach our regular African drumming and dance classes and events at the moment. We are following the guidance and talking to our venues, so that we can start up again when it is safe to do so.
In the meantime:
Planning your Black History Month event? Wuntanara can bring authentic West African music, dance and culture to your BHM celebration, with live performances, African drumming or dance workshops or drumming circles - all within a COVID-safe environment. Contact us using the form below to see how we can get involved.
We're excited to launch our first Wuntanara Online African Drumming Tutorial, focused on the Kassa rhythm from Guinea Conakry. The video features Wuntanara's Vieux Bakayoko and Souleymane Compo. The tutorial includes the call, the first and second djembe parts, the dundun, sangban and kenkenny parts, as well as solo patterns. Click here to access the video, and learn with Wuntanara wherever you are and whenever you want!
Stay safe, stay well, and we hope to see you soon!
Wuntanara = We Are Together!
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.
CLASSES AND EVENTS
DRUM AND DANCE HOLIDAYS IN WEST AFRICA
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.
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.
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.
ABOUT SOULEYMANE COMPO
Souleymane Compo is a respected djembéfola - Master Drummer - from Guinea Conakry in West Africa.
Souleymane was born into the musical tradition – his mother performed African ballet throughout the region with the local troupe, and always brought her son to the show. As a teenager he traveled 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.
Souleymane is the Artistic Director and driving force behind Wuntanara. He combines warmth and patience with great musical knowledge and skill. He is an inspiring teacher, as well as an accomplished performer.
He lives in South East London with his wife and two sons.