What is Drum Cafe?
Drum Cafe SouthEast presents unique, interactive music and dance performances, commanding full-audience participation in drumming and dancing shows all around the world.
Drum Cafe is a leader in corporate team building worldwide. We provide interactive drumming events for audiences from ten to ten thousand participants, using the power of rhythm to quickly engage, unite, and inspire any group. For twenty years, our team of world-class musicians and specialized facilitators have used drumming to create unparalleled interactive corporate team building and entertainment events.
Using rhythms originally developed as a method to unite the multicultural workforce in the new South Africa, Drum Cafe motivates change through our innovative leadership practices. By providing a drum to each participant and teaching them how to play as part of a group, Drum Cafe brings people together and promotes community in organizations around the world.
The Experience: An Attendee’s Story
We arrive at the venue and we prepare for the opening of the conference. We start setting up, and by the time we have unpacked fifty drums, a surprised server asks us, “Who is going to play all of those drums?” We smile and say, “Two hundred accountants!”
We place a drum on each of the 200 seats in the ballroom. The attendees are unaware that they are about to participate in communal drumming as they arrive for their annual conference. We begin to play our drums announcing that the program is about to commence.
When the accountants enter the room, they are surprised. As they move through the room to find their seats, the music continues, filling the space and creating an electric atmosphere.
Tentatively, a few brave individuals start beating away on their drums. An enthusiastic person gets carried away with the energy in the room and leaps to their feet for a quick dance to the wild applause and cheers of the group. The rhythm is infectious and soon everybody is tapping on their drum.
Then, without saying a word, our facilitator gets up and starts to conduct the group with a repertoire of body language signals. She brings the two hundred entry-level musicians into perfect unison. This is how a Drum Cafe event begins.
During that hour, participants are engaged in playing drumming rhythms that demonstrate how teams, like music, are made of smaller components. When all components collaborate and play together, the effect is magical and we achieve incredible success! We alternate between interactive drumming segments and windows of communication. We speak passionately about the power of teamwork. Our program is message driven and we take pride in customizing our message to make it both relevant and highly valuable to each of our customers.
By the end of the hour, the group has become a percussive orchestra and participants are left feeling energized and exhilarated, both as individuals and as a group.