WE'RE 20 years old!

This autumn’s African Drumming Evening Class with Steve Rivers will mark 20 years since he ran his first workshop in Sheffield. In 1994 he started a drop-in session for the Sheffield community with 5 hand drums, a saucepan, a Chinese wok and 20 plastic water bottles (donated by the local recycling centre). The session was oversubscribed and there were not enough instruments to go round. Steve had to throw hand clapping rhythms in to the mix at the last minute to keep everyone occupied.

Steve Rivers leading African Drumming Workshop in 1994
Steve Rivers leading African Drumming Workshop in 1994
Steve Rivers training with the Teacher Saboula in Gambia, 1997
Steve Rivers training with the Teacher Saboula in Gambia, 1997

20 years and six African study trips later and his collection of African drums and percussion has grown considerably.  His last count was 81 drums; 100 frame drums, 60bells, wood blocks, and shakers and over 1200 Boomwhackers (coloured tuned percussion tubes)!

“ I can’t believe its 20 years since this all started – time does seem to whizz by when you’re having fun! I am not surprised that the class has been so successful – African Drumming is an amazingly rewarding way to keep fit, meet new people and connect with friends.”

Sheffield African Drumming Class celebrates 20 years
Sheffield African Drumming Class celebrates 20 years

Since its humble beginnings, the one man outfit has flourished into the company that you see before you - Unbeatable Energy Ltd. Unbeatable Energy Ltd is also celebrating an anniversary – 10 years of trading.  As well as maintaining the evening classes, Unbeatable Energy also brings the beat to thousands of people each year, through school workshops, community sessions and corporate team building events. Their interactive drumming and percussion sessions can involve anything from 10 to 1200 participants and have taken the team to events across the UK and even as far as Japan. Clients range from the local Sheffield Children’s Hospital to Google.

Sheffield African Drumming Class Performing this year
Sheffield African Drumming Class Performing this year

The 10 week African Drumming Course with Steve Rivers starts on Thurs evening 2nd October at Horizon Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield. For more details and to book  a place on the new  course, go to African Drumming Evening Classes in Sheffield.