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AUSTRALIA/Melbourne: Autumn Drum Retreat in April

On April 9th and 10th in Melbourne, Australia, a spirited "Autumn Drum Retreat" will feature a weekend intensive for all African music lovers: there will be two non-stop classes, one for beginners and one for intermediate-advanced students, drumming, dancing, singing, and immersion in West African culture, set within the natural beauties of the Angahook State Forest. The band, "Couscous", whose sound features West African-infused global rhythms, will be featured. This event is being hosted by Simon Fraser and his VoyeuRhythmic Center for West African Music and Culture (

This center features an exciting array of drumming, dancing, and music classes, tours, events, and merchandise, including drums and musical instruments, CDs, African crafts, and books. There are corporate and school programs, tutorials, tours to Africa where drum and dance masters from Ghana and Burkina Faso give workshops, and special events and performances in Australia by the Wala Ensemble (Ghana) and other West Africans.

Simon Fraser, founder of VoyeuRhythmic, has spent the past seven years studying, performing, recording, and teaching in West Africa and Australia. He has had a wide variety of artistic experiences--with The Senegalese Ballet (specializing in the "Talking Drum"), Percussion de Guinea, Mali Ballet, Ghana's Kusun Ensemble and Wala Ensemble, master griot-musicians of Ghana and Burkina Faso, members of the Ghana National Theater--and as a result has formed Ekome Tours, meaning "One" or "Unity" in the Ga language (a Ghanaian dialect), to provide the same opportunity to others. His friend and partner in this collaboration, the Ghanaian musician Tuza--lead percussionist in Wala--has been a master drummer with both the Kusun and Wala ensembles, and is also a teacher.

For more on this inspiring Autumn Drum Retreat see the website, and contact Simon at Join other participants for an incomparable creative experience, and make a difference with music "Down Under"!

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