Jazztan in the Studio

Jamtan have recently been back in the studio recording some more tracks with producer Andre Ramos Pires at SSR in Manchester. This time we’ve collaborated with saxophonist E’yotre John, who’s skillfully weaved his jazzy threads through the Jamtan sound.

Andre is an up-and-coming producer from Portugal. He’s currently based in Manchester and is working with a range of local musicians. We met him whilst busking in Piccadilly one Saturday afternoon and he invited us to come down to SSR to record.

If you’d like to contact him email: andre.ramos.pires@gmail.com

E’yotre John is an accomplished musician from Uganda. He’s currently based in Manchester and plays a range of instruments, including the saxophone. We stumbled across him playing his sax in our local park and decided to collaborate.

If you’d like to contact him call: 0782 498 2634

Here’s a sample:

FREE SUMMER SOLSTICE DRUM WORKSHOP

SUMMER SOLSTICE DRUMMINGJoin us at our FREE drop-in drum workshop on The Green (outside the Horse & Jockey pub) Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9HS.

Saturday 21st June 2014, 12pm – 5pm

Find location on google maps.

Click here for Horse & Jockey Pub.

Images from Chorlton Arts Festival 2013:

Jamtan play Chorlton Arts Festival 2013

On Sunday 26th May 2013 Jamtan appeared at Chorlton Arts Festival.

On what turned out to be a beautiful day Jamtan were joined on the village green by a healthy crowd who enjoyed some African music and culture in the sun.

A well-received performance – some even found the courage to dance! – was followed by an afternoon of hugely popular workshop sessions where Adama shared some of the basics and his huge passion for African drumming with young and old alike.

The whole day was a huge success and a good time was had by all.

For more photos of the day click here.

Jamtan in the studio with Dan Melrose

Jamtan at the Dan Melrose recording studio in Manchester.

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Jamtan and Dan Melrose, musician and recording artist, got together this April to record a selection of traditional West African drum music classics. During the session we kept things sweet with regular infusions of tea and biscuits and drummed away to our hearts content whilst Dan practised his stupendous recording artistry…what a Day! We’d like to say thanks to Dan for his lovely help. Thanks Dan.

Listen to some of the tracks we recorded here:

Click here for some more images of the day.

 

Jamtan at Forever Manchester’s First Friday Club

On Friday 7th June 2013

See Jamtan perform at:

Forever Manchester’s First Friday Club

Forever Manchester

Jamtan have been invited to perform for guests at Forever Manchester’s First Friday Club next month. This is an opportunity for Jamtan to say a big thank you to Forever Manchester for supporting our project and to show them how their funds are helping us to help those in our community.  Jamtan are playing between 5 pm and 5.30 pm. For more info and for a free ticket click here.

Jamtan at Forever Manchester’s First Friday Club  (Link)

Date: Friday 7th June

Event: 4pm – 6pm

Location: The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester M2 4JA

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Jamtan at Chorlton Arts Festival 2013

We are delighted to announce that on Sunday 26th May 2013 Jamtan will be performing at the 2013 Chorlton Arts Festival.

Chorlton Arts Festival 2013

Come along and see Jamtan performing traditional West African drum music on The Green at Chorlton Arts Festival on Sunday 26th May 2013.

Our performance is on the open-air stage on the village green in front of the Horse and Jockey pub and will begin at 1.30pm, so don’t be late.

Following the performance we invite you to join a free workshop hosted by our Senegalese master-drummer Adama between 3pm and 4.30pm. All abilities are welcome, but there are a limited number of djembes available, so please bring your own, if you can.

Dancing, relaxing and grooving are all encouraged, so come along and enjoy some African music and culture in the sun – hopefully. 😉

Jamtan at Chorlton Arts Festival  (Link)

Date: Sunday 26th May

Performance: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Workshop: 3pm – 4.30pm

Location: The Green, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9HS

Cost: Free

Find location on google maps.

Jamtan at the Pankhurst Centre

On Thursday 28th February 2013 Neilum held a women’s drum workshop at the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester.

 Pankhurst Centre Wome's Group

Women at the Thursday drop-in session at The Pankhurst Centre spent their afternoon playing drum music in a Jamtan drumming workshop with Neilum. A couple of the women had tried playing African drums before, but for the majority it was a brand new experience. Even so, by the end of the session they were happily playing a rhythm together on the djembes with bass support from one of the group on the dunduns. All of the women played very well and said they had really enjoyed the experience and would welcome Neilum back at the centre again in future.