This is our new African Drumming ensemble ''The Beat Artistes'' playing with Guinean master drummer Maitre Samsou. The performance took place during the Moneysupermarket.com conference at the Chester Race Course in February this year. Maitre Samsou is the real deal. A master drummer who has performed with the famous Ballets Africains for many years in Guinea and is highly respected by high ranking African musicians in West Africa and the UK. His vast knowledge and musical reportiore for the djembe and dunduns seems to have no bounds and his quality of playing is phenomenal . Myself and the accompanying musicians in the band feel completely honoured to be part of his vision!
This performance took place immediately after a high energy interractive drumming session when the entire room of 350 delegates participated in a giant African drumming session - yes there were 350 drums in the room!
You might wonder what the banana, apple and tea cup is all about at 3 min 14 sec into the video - well this was an encrypted message for the delegates to play a rhythm they previously learnt. We wanted them to be part of this musical piece. After all it only seemed fair to include the delegates as well and give them a piece of the action!