African Drum Village The First and Only Drum Festival in Scotland. Organised by the fantabulous Steve Haden (registered with "A class" (no less) official UK Border Agency Sponsorship License for visiting artists)
BoumBoum Founded by the gorgeous Amanda Pickering, our very good friend and amazing organiser of several workshops for Iya since 2007, and co-organiser of Beats Cornwall. We have Amanda and her wonderful family to thank for their ongoing support of Iya Sako and his work.
Coral Dunwell of Salisbury based Drum Whisperer. Our friend and incredible organiser of drumming workshops in Salisbury and Abene, Senegal. We have Coral and her wonderful family to thank for their ongoing support of Iya Sako's workshops and tradition, both in Salisbury and Abene with Mamady Keita.
Hartbeats Founded by our highly musically talented friend and colleague Justine Hart. Co-organiser of Mamady Keïta's 2008 workshop in High Wycombe, Mamady Keita and Iya Sako residential workshop in Abene Senegal, African Beats Camp UK, and Iya Sako High Wycombe UK workshops. Ongoing thanks to Justine for her past and present support of Iya Sako and African music and culture.
Mr Will Events photography. Mr Will is an original and talented photographer of performing artists and sports people. Top right photograph on Iya Sako home page thanks to our good friend and colleague Mr Will. Also credits and thanks to Mr Will for artwork and advice on both of Iya Sako's solo CD's.
Sens Sagna Sens Sagna is an inspirational, graceful teacher and performer of dance and song from Cassamance, Senegal, West Africa. Sens and Iya have become good friends and have developed a mutually respectful working relationship through regular performances at various events with Tanante and elsewhere.
Tanante Tanante are a Manchester based group of very talented performers of West African rhythms. They are good friends, colleagues and students of Iya Sako and create amazing performances together. Check out events and services pages for more information.
In Memory of James Brown
(1979 - 2008)
James was the founding member of Tanante and Drumroots and a truly inspirational and talented Djembé Fola and friend. He is dearly missed by all of us who knew him and performed with him.