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Malcolm Smith has been studying percussion since his college days, and specifically djembe since 1992. After forming the Canopus Percussion Ensemble in 1995 following intensive studies with master drummers in London, he began teaching African drumming in 1999. In 2005 he extended his learning to embrace dun duns, the bass drum heartbeat of African rhythms. He has since embarked on field trips to Africa to study with master musicians in their native villages, to experience directly the vibrant culture of West Africa, which he is committed to bringing to a wider audience, sharing the joy and unity it creates.
Malcolm is based near Leighton Buzzard in Buckinghamshire, England, and can travel to Herts, Beds and Bucks (or further afield for whole day projects). He has been CRB/DBS-checked (Enhanced Disclosure) for working with children. He teaches djembe+dundun classes for adults and children as well as workshops for business and education, also private tuition. And percussion is not just all about drumming - check out our unique new Cosmic Percussion sessions.
He currently performs with his Bedford Djembe Group, as well as Vitae Drummers and other groups in Milton Keynes and St. Albans. In the past he led Secret Bass, and was formerly a member of Africa Junction and The Naked Truth. He also ran Beat Camp, a friendly drumming event near Bedford, and was Music Director of the Indian Summer project in its first year held in Aston near Stevenage. He loves polyrhythms and thrives on syncopation.
Drumming is a great way to inspire confidence and build a sense of team spirit, as well as being invigorating and lots of fun.