Category Archives: World Music & Arts events

Nyodema World Music & Arts Festival Line-up

Saturday 20th August
The Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 2QA

1.00pm Slim Jim & the Wildcards
2.30pm Morgana
2.50pm Nyodema Drummers
2.45pm Flamenco/Belly dance workshop (£4) 1 hour
3.25pm Claude Bourbon
3.45pm African percussion children’s workshop (£1.50) 30 mins
4.00pm Morgana
4.15pm Claude Bourbon
4.50pm Nyodema World Community Choir
4.45pm African drumming workshop (£4) 1 hour
5.30pm Slim Lightfoot
6.10pm Daisy Mouatt
6.25pm Nyodema Drummers
7.00pm Rattlin Bone
8.00pm Raffle
8.45pm Planetman & the Internationalz

Please note these times are approximate and subject to change

Nyodema World Music & Arts Festival 2011

Live music from around the world, drumming  and dance workshops, craft stalls, raffle and much, much more. FREE entry!

Saturday 20th August, 1pm to 10.30pm
The Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 2QA

Headliners, Planetman and the Internationalz make a welcome return to Nyodema.

East-London roots reggae band formed in 2001 by singer, song-writer, guitarist Planetman. In his own words: “I’m a Planetman, a man of this planet, and all people are my people, and everywhere is my home land!”

“Planetman and the Internationalz prove conclusively that pure groove still has a place in the hearts and souls of man. Planet is a singer consumed with the passion of his art. He and his band live and breathe for live performance, and their communal spirit echoes throughout their songs – all of which call out in perfect harmony for equality, peace, love and understanding. This is a good-time band who will have any festival crowd up on its feet, shoes kicked off and toes dancing…”

“They certainly did that in 2007 at Nyodema’s first festival and I’m looking forward to kicking my shoes off and dancing on 20th August” Kathryn, Nyodema

The festival will open with the lively rock ‘n’ roll sounds of Slim Jim and the Wildcards. Other delights include, the weird and the wonderful swamp jazz of Rattlin Bone, the outstanding medieval/spanish blues guitarist Claude Bourbon and delta blues guitarist Slim Lightfoot. The festival would not be complete without the Nyodema African Drummers bringing you tradional West African rhythms and Nyodema’s World Community Choir with a collection of songs from Africa, Europe and America including traditional gospel and a spine-tingling chant from deep in the Congo.

The hilarious Stewart Nicols will be our compere for the day.

While the event is free you will have every opportunity to make a donation. All proceeds go to our children’s health and education projects in The Gambia. We’d like to thank The Gambia Experience and Inch Cape for sponsoring the event as well as all the artist and volunteers and of course all of you too!

We look forward to a wonderful day.

Click here for an up-to-date line-up.

“Bognor to Banjul” Festival 2010

Following the success of ‘Nyodema by the Sea’ back in June, where we raised enough money to finish the first classroom in Dairuharu, The Gambia, we couldn’t resist hosting another event on the August bank holiday weekend with an exciting variety of music from around the world from Bognor Regis to Africa!

Saturday 28th August
The Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 2QA

Free Entry – noon until 10.30pm
Live music, workshops, craft stalls, raffle and auction in aid of mosquito nets for The Gambia

Headliners Bristol based band ‘Baraka’ take their inspiration from the music of West Africa, South Africa, The Caribbean and Ireland, producing their own unique and original sound. The result is a heady mix of global beats, intricate rhythms and soaring melodies. Baraka are a wonderful example of world music at its’ best with Ben Baddoo from Ghana on percussion and balafon, Paul Bradley on guitar and Mark Bradley on drums both from Northern Ireland, Dominican, Royston Gage on bass, Brendan Whitmore from Southern Ireland on sax and the outstanding Senegalese kora and djembe player, Modou Cissoko.

Aprox. running times….

12noon Nyodema World Community Choir accompanied by the Nyodema Drummers

12.45pm Bella

1.30pm David Farnan

2.00pm McMurdo Sound

2.45pm Marie Derouard

3.30pm Matt Argyle Band

4pm Nyodema Drummers

5pm The Fabulous Tomato Bros.

6pm SpaceBaby

7pm raffle

7.15pm Bella Luna

8pm until 10pm Baraka

There will also be African drumming workshops with Chris Diallo at 1.00pm (Childrens workshop, adults welcome) and 2.30pm (over 15s only please suitable, for beginners and more experienced drummers alike). Chris is an outstanding teacher with many years of experience having studied percussion extensively throughout West Africa. Places are limited so please book in advance by emailing: or call 07974 472137 (£5 donation please, £3 for under 15s).


The festival opened at noon with Nyodema’s choir accompanied by the Nyodema Drummers with songs from across Africa. Some outstanding solos, in particular from Binky Slade, were a real treat for those who arrived or the start of the festival.

Next on was, Bella, a talented young guitarist, singer and composer. She has been playing guitar for nearly 10 years. Her album of solo guitar works released in 2009, ‘Paint Your Sound’, is an exploration into using the guitar as an illustrative tool, stretching the instrument further than conventional uses, bringing out subtle, hidden textures.

Other artists included David Farnan (from Dakota VI), McMurdo Sound, singer/songwriter Marie Derouard and The Matt Argyle Band, a local group mixing vocals, guitars, viola and flute for their original blend of folk/roots Americana.  The band played an acoustic set from their own album “Exhale”, as well as some laid back covers for a sunny August afternoon.

The verandah stage closed with The Fabulous Tomato Bros.  who have played a variety of venues from HMS Victory to the Ritz Hotel in London and festivals from Bude to Ratvik in Sweden. Whilst residents in the infamous Blue Coconut Club for fifteen years they played alongside the likes of Ralph McTell, Julie Felix, Tom Paxton, Arthur Brown, Richard O’Brien and DJ Mike Reid. Their music  is an eclectic mix of acoustic based Irish, Country, Jazz and Sixties and Seventies pop/rock.

At 6pm the music moved inside for the unique sonic grooves of SpaceBaby. The band celebrated their tenth year of existence, performing at  festivals around the UK. There have been many talented local musicians who have performed with SpaceBaby over the decade, the lineup for Bognor to Banjul includes, Lem Parker on vocals (the Mulatones), Keith Sutton on synths and guitar (the Poopahs), Mike Fry on bass (the Wah Wahs) and Duncan Burgess on drums (the Doppler Shift).

Baraka, who have played at a number of Nyodema events, brought what was a fabulous day to a close with a two hour set that got everyone on the dance floor. For more on Baraka click here
To see some of the photos from the day visit Flickr

Nyodema by the Sea 2010

Saturday 5th June
The Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1ER
Free – all day event

Kasaï Masaï

This FREE all day event was a celebration of world music and arts by the Sussex seaside. Live music, drum and dance workshops, craft stalls, African food and much, much more.

To see photographs of the day please visit our Flickr site by clicking here.

Joint headliners, Kasaï Masaï, brought the traditional sounds of remote African villages with an urban twist to the Sussex coast. Kasaï Masaï biography.

Plus the charismatic, Magnet Man from Barbados. Visit Magnet Man’s website here.

The day  also featured performances from talented trio, Sixfifteen, with their infectious mix of progressive bluegrass and jazz, the unique,  4-part harmony, acoustic based group  Dakota VI, the exciting latin jazz/afro beat sounds of the Mulatones, roots blues guitarist Simon StephensThe Nyodema Drummers featuring Chris Diallo and the Nyodema Community Gospel Choir.

PLUS African drumming workshops with Chris Diallo from Hands on Skin and flamenco/belly dancing workshops with Morgana Villen who also did a number of performances throughout the afternoon.

While this is a free event everyone had the opportuniy to make a donation to Nyodema’s Gambian school projects including re-building a school in Dairuharu, Brikama, The Gambia.

Kasaï Masaï copyright Chris Taylor

Doors open 11am
11.30am Nyodema Drummers
12.30pm Nyodema Community Gospel Choir
1.10pm Morgana Villen
1.30pm Belly dance/flamenco workshop Part 1 (suggested donation £5)
1.30pm Chris Diallo/Nyodema Drummers
2.15pm Mulatones
2.30pm African Drumming workshop (suggested donation £5)
3.05pm Morgana Villen
3.30pm Belly dance/flamenco workshop Part 2  (suggested donation £5)
3.45pm Dakota VI
4.30pm African Drumming workshop (suggested donation £5)
4.30pm Simon Stephens
5.15pm Sixfifteen
6.15 pm Magnet Man
7.30pm Raffle (in aid of building a much needed school in The Gambia – click here for more details)
8.00pm Kasai Masai

Magnet Man and friends in Jurunku, The Gambia

Nyodema would like to thank the sponsors of ‘Nyodema by the Sea’   Grass Roots Grants, Youngs Brewery, The Gambia Experience and MAGNETIC IMAGE RECORDS, Bridgetown,  Barbados plus Carl and all the staff at The Waverleywho were fantastic.


“Aim to unite all African tribes torn by colonialism”

Named after a river, Kasai is a region in Congo which lies in the heart of the rain forest where many tribes such as the Baka still maintain their traditional lifestyles.  The Maasai, just like the Baka, are another dignified tribe whose lives still centre around a nomadic existence.

Based in London, Kasaï Masaï brings us the traditional sound of the most remote equatorial villages with an urban twist.

The band plays ancestral music which has been passed on from generation to generation and is rooted in the healing power of percussion and chanting combined with the majestic sound of the Congolese folk guitar. The saxophone and an MC were added to bring a new element to the music: essential urban groves from Kinshasa.

The audience soon feels the music oozing through their veins and find themselves on their feet and moving toward the dance floor.

“Kasai Masai successfully marry a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor this is the sound of the old and new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa…”  Nige Tassell—Womad Festival

Kasaï Masaï is a 5 piece outfit, consisting of djembe, guitar, saxophone, bass, and drum. To add that extra exotic touch they are also joined by one or two female dancers.

Kasai Masai is an established international band they perform at many festival including RainForest Festival- Malaysia, Oman World Music Festival, World Music Festival – Bahrain, Zain – Spain, Clonmel Festival – Republic of Ireland, World Music LX09 – Portugal to name but few.

It is led by percussionist, singer and dancer Nickens Nkoso.

Nickens is a well known figure on the world music circuit. He has worked alongside international Congolese artists, including Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Kanda Bongoman, Mose Fan Fan and Sam Mapangala etc…

In the UK, he has been a member of Koko Kanyinda’s Soukous Koumbele, Robert Maseko’s Congo Beat, Baboma etc…..

Nickens has appeared at many festivals including Glastonbury, Womad Reading, Womad Grand Canary. Weltnacht (Germany), Womad Adelaide 2006. He has also played at the African Nations Cup in Tunisia in 2004.

TV & Radio: Nickens has performed on Andy Kershaw’s “World and New”, “Later with Jool’s Holand”, “John Peel session”, BBC3 World Music Day, Resonance FM etc…

“The only way to get peace in Africa is to unite all the divided tribes” Kasai Masai

Contact: Nick/Sabrina  Tel: 0207 – 241 3280/079 5684 0008 –

Gospel Sing for The Gambia 2010

Gospel singing legend, Daniel Thomas, returns to Bognor Regis for a one day workshop on Saturday 20th February.

Spend a day singing the repertoire of some of Britain’s top Gospel music composers
led by the artistes themselves!

Following the success of last year, world class vocal coach Daniel Thomas is set to return to Bognor for a one day Gospel singing masterclass.  The former Choral Director for the London Community Gospel Choir has had an enviable career, from performing to audiences which include Nelson Mandela and Prince Charles, appearing in West End Musical Godspell to coaching popstars including Girls Aloud, Javine and Michelle Gayle, to name but a few. 

Daniel Thomas


 The Gospel Choir Workshop which took place for the first time in May 2009 is organised by British Gospel Arts and the local charity, Nyodema, who combine their passion for world music with their commitment to fighting poverty in The Gambia, West Africa.

Kathryn Burrington, Chairman of Nyodema, commented ‘We are truly privileged to have someone like Daniel involved.  He is the most outstanding vocal coach imaginable and the results last time were amazing! People rarely get the chance to work with someone of this calibre and after the wonderful day we had last year, this is bound to be a popular event, so please do book early.’

 The workshop will take place at the Regis School of Music in Sudley Road, Bognor from 11a.m. – 4.30p.m, followed by a showcase where the choir can demonstrate their new Gospel talents. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you are an experienced singer or complete novice. Not only will you be trained in new skills by the best in his field, you will also have fun, make friends and raise money for a very worthy cause!

 The cost to take part in the workshop starts from just £15 for children and £25 for adults – group discounts are also available. All profits will go to Nyodema’s health and education projects in The Gambia. To book your place please visit

Book now at British Gospel Arts

Click here to read about Daniel’s workshop last year.

Chris Sylla – Hands on Skin

 Chris Sylla from “Hands on Skin” leads Nyodema’s weekly drumming workshops. Chris has been teaching African drum and dance and performing for a number of years mainly in Brighton, West Sussex.

Chris was born in Stoke-On-Trent and although she has always loved singing and had a brief and disastrous relationship with the violin in childhood she came to music later in life. Having worked at the WOMAD world music festival for years and seen English people playing African drums she finally went to a class with a friend and was hooked.

She’s been playing for 9 years now, initially working with a variety of teachers in England. Drumbreaks (a style developed by Peter Scott) teachers such as Liz Carter, Ruth Jennie and Chris Garland were important in her early development, as was Simon Mc Carthy and she then went on to work with teachers of a more traditional West African style such as Fern Camera, Bucarr Ndow, Ali Bangora and Henri Gao Bi.

She took her first trip out to the Gambia to work with Masta Canon with Jambass music in 2001 and then went back regularly to study, at least once a year for three weeks.

As well as learning djembe and bass from Masta, Chris learned dance informally from a variety of sources with artistes in the Gambia; Babuccar, from Roots Manding and Pearr from Roots Kuntakinte being particularly helpful, both allowed her to dance with the troupes when she was out there. She played djembe as a ‘guest’ member of African Ballet for 4 months.

Chris went on to study balafon, a long-cherished desire of Chris’ with Seikou Soma, having 4 months intensive training in 2004 and then on periodic visits since. She also learned West African dance with Zaggaire in the Gambia and a variety of others in Guinea. Chris has done some collaborative work with Hullaballo Quire using balafon and voice. In England Chris is an original member of the Djembe Divas, a women’s’ drumming group based in Brighton.