African Music journey-listen and play

Cape Town, South Africa

Experience hosted by James And Helena

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Cultural immersion
Guests felt absorbed in a community or culture.

What you'll do

We will meet at our cottage near the sea under a tree in our back garden. Here you will be entertained by a musical story performance showing how the original Southern African instruments were discovered and how the music evolved as people migrated to become the musical styles we know today. From tribal to jazz, blues and back to township jives.

After tea and a snack, participants will have an opportunity to make their own version of an ancient African wind instrument (ixilongo) decorate it and learn to play it. This will be your take home souviner. You will be invited to share in an interactive musical jam session. All the participants will be given a chance to play a simple instrument and guided in playing music together in a polyrhythmic ensemble.

Beat by beat we break boundaries and find a sense of belonging in the rhythm of the drum. This is a great opportunity to release stress, find your centre and discover your groove within the whole. You will be taught skills and techniques and be accompanied by strong professional drummers who will help you hold your part.
Other things to note
No previous musical experience is necessary. Do not have any expectations and be surprised. Come with an open mind. The more the merrier. We need more than one booking to go ahead.
We will meet at our cottage near the sea under a tree in our back garden. Here you will be entertained by a musical story performance showing how the original Southern African instruments were discovered and how the music evolved as people migrated to become the musical styles we know today. From tribal to jazz, blues and back to township jives.

After tea and a snack, participants will have an opportunity to make their own version o…

What's included

  • Food
    Light snacks
  • Drinks
    Tea
  • Equipment
    Musical instruments such as djembe drums and percussion etc.

Meet your Host, James And Helena

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 23 Reviews
Jamie has performed internationally playing indigenous South African instruments in Vincent Mantsoes "Menjaro Project." He runs his own company "Ubuntu Drumtime Music Interactive" facilitating musical experiences for schools, companies and tourists. He performs regularly as a professional singer-songwriter.. A Berklee University "Learning to Live Music' Performance intensive for Mentors adds a furhter feather to his cap. Helena is a multi-media storyteller and performer. Vuyo Katsha and Zama Qambi on drums and mbira and Sandile Jwaai on Bass guitar make up the team when available.
Jamie has performed internationally playing indigenous South African instruments in Vincent Mantsoes "Menjaro Project." He runs his own company "Ubuntu Drumtime Music Interactive" facilitating musical experiences for schools, companies and tourists. He performs regularly as a professional singer-songwriter.. A Berklee University "Learning to Live Music' Performance intensive for Mentors adds a furhter feather to his cap. Helena is a multi-media storyteller and performer. Vuyo Katsha and…
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Where you'll be

We will play music beneath the shelter of the leafy tree in our garden and within earshot of the ocean. If it is cold or wet, we will gather indoors in our cozy music room.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 23 reviews.

Chrissy
March 2020
Dear Helena and James, Thank you for the wonderful experience. If I come back, I'm almost sure to come back again! Love Chrissy
Sandra
January 2020
Hatte mit meinen zwei Kindern einen wunderschöner Morgen im kühlen Garten von James und Helena. James sprüht vor Freude und Leidenschaft für die Musik und seine Instrumente. Super Geschichtenerzähler. Das Bemalen und Spielen der besonderen Flöte hat viel Spass gemacht. Danke für dieses Erlebnis.
Natascha
December 2019
We felt very welcome with James and Helena. We enjoyed sitting in their beautiful garden and were offered tea and coffee. James told us detailed and interesting stories about the different instruments. Here we could clearly notice his passion for these instruments. More and more neighbours and friends joined us, who also brought their instruments and we had a nice jam session. Afterwards we painted our pipes - what a nice souvenir from South Africa. Thank you guys for this experience :)
Melly
November 2019
This experience was special because of the art of storytelling: we listened to many stories about some traditional African instruments, James performed a kind of theatre play with the instruments, we enjoyed a small private concert, the garden was full of creative art pieces and we even created our own colorful instruments to take home. In between we had a break with refreshing tea and fruits. The whole atmosphere was warm and friendly, it was the perfect morning under the sun of Cape Town. Thank you a lot, James and Helena!
Rachel
November 2019
Thanks to Helena and James ! They made this experience a memorable one. They first arranged their agenda to be able to welcome us. The weather wasn’t that good so we started the experience in their musical room, which was very cosy. We felt their love and passion for African music throughout their stories and by listening them perform. As the weather was getting better, we have been able to go outside in their garden, for a little jam session, where we learned some djembe rythmes. We felt really at ease and this experience will stay forever in our mind !
Ethar
September 2019
This was plenty of fun, we learned new beats, jammed and had an amazing time sharing stories about South African music and influences. We even took a walk by beach after we were done.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 7 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

No previous musical experience is necessary

Bring your swimming costume and beach gear so that after your experience you can wonder down to the ocean, which is 5 mins walk from our house for a swim in the sea.