Jamtan - African Drumming

Jamtan - African Drumming

We are an African drumming group based in Manchester, who provide performances, workshops, small group sessions and one-to-one tuition, with our Senegalese master-drummer Adama Kande. We also supply genuine traditionally handmade equipment direct from Gambia and Senegal and can re-skin or re-tune your drum for you.

Jamtan is a Fula word meaning ‘I am at peace’ or ‘I am fine’ which is the response to the greeting ‘tanala’ meaning ‘how are you?’. So, if a Fula person asks you ‘Tanala?’ you would respond ‘Jamtan’.  This is a respectful response used by both young and old in West Africa.

The music we play originates from Guinea Conakry, West Africa. It is also played in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mali. We play a Fula/Malinka interpretation of the music which is traditionally played at coming of age ceremonies, weddings and general celebratory events.

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