Category Archives: Workshops

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 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.

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.

Nyodema’s World Music & Arts Festival 2009


A fantastic day with some truly memorable moments.

For  photographs of the day visit Nyodema Flickr stream.

Among the craft stalls, traditional hand-crafted silver Tuareg jewellery was on sale from Mouhamed Ahnou, a Tuareg artisan from Niger. Sales of Mouhamed’s jewellery  help to fund life-enhancing projects for his village, such as constructing a grain store, establishing a pharmacy, supplying school books and planting fruit trees. The Tuareg rarely visit the UK and this was a rare opportunity to buy direct from the artisan.

Highlights of the day included:

11.30am West Sussex Guitar Club
The outstanding guitarists from the West Sussex Guitar Club performed a variety of pieces from around the world.

1.00pm Six-Fifteen
Popular local trio, Six-Fifteen, started the line-up in the main hall with a lively mix of bluegrass and jazz.

1.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm African Drumming workshops

2.00pm Dub Side of The Boulder
A talented group of local 14 – 16 year olds played a short set of reggae numbers.

2.30pm Beeja Indian Dancers (performance and workshop)
Beeja, a London based dance theatre company, presented an exciting insight into the Indian classical dance form ‘bharatanatyam’. A spectacular, colourful and vibrant celebration of dance and rhythm, the performance delighted the audience and the workshop was both interesting and great fun to take part in – as you can see from the photos if you go to the Flickr stream link at the bottom of the page.

4.00pm Children’s Mardi-gras parade

4.20pm Mundo Pequeno
Meaning “Small World” in Portuguese the bands name reflects their mutual love of different music from around the world. With a heady mix of Latin grooves, African rhythms and jazz harmonies, Mundo Pequeno’s music has the power to move both your heart and your feet.

6.00pm Baraka
Following their popularity at last year’s festival, headliners Baraka, made a welcome return to this year’s event. Global beats, intricate rhythms and soaring melodies produced a unique sound guaranteed to get you dancing. Featuring musicians from Ghana, The Congo, Dominica, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, Baraka represents world music at its best. This year we were lucky enough to have kora player and percussionist, Mamadou Cissoko from Senegal, join them on stage adding even greater depth and energy to their wonderful music. Read more about Baraka.

Entrance to the festival was FREE with all money raised from donations going towards Nyodema’s health and education projects in The Gambia, West Africa.

Nyodema would like to thank it’s sponsors including Sussex Community Foundation – Grassroots Grants, Telephony Business Solutions Ltd, Careline Services Ltd, PB Digital and The Gambia Experience.

Nyodema’s World Music & Arts Festival 2008

Sunday 24th August 2008

  • Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
  • FREE Entry

With live music, percussion workshops, craft stalls, puppets and magic, this is a day for all the family.

In the morning the puppets of The Blue Sky Theatre Company delighted the children (and quite a few adults) with musical tales from Africa. Followed by a variety of acts throughout the day including The Spirit of Ishtar (Egyptian belly dancers), Six-fifteen (bluegrass/jazz) and the outstanding internationally renowned blues guitarist Claude Bourbon. Baraka, a Bristol based band, originally from Ghana, Zambia, Dominica, Northern and Southern Ireland headlined and had young and old a like dancing their socks off!

As well as helping children in The Gambia, Nyodema, also wishes to help local children. With this in mind, half the money raised will be split between our causes in The Gambia and The Sussex Snowdrop Trust (supporting local children with terminal illnesses). A couple of other charities were also invited to bring stalls to the festival. The total raised between the various charities came to over £2,000.

The Blue Sky Theatre Company

The Blue Sky Theatre Company

Claude Bourbon

Claude Bourbon

Nyodema’s World Music & Arts Festival 2007

Monday 28th August 2007

  • The Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
  • FREE Entry

Cool Drumming, a Caribbean steel band started the day off, followed by Six-Fifteen (bluegrass/jazz), Darwin (funk/blues), Abaraka (Gambian drum and dance troupe), Hakuna Pesa (ska/reggae/dub). DJ Matt Dean played world music throughout the day and hundreds of sponsored balloons were released over the English Channel – an amazing sight. Planetman and the Internationalz (funk/reggae/roots) completed the line-up and had the whole place dancing.

As well as live music, the festival included drumming and singing workshops, a Gambian craft stall poetry, tombola, face painting and an exhibition of photographs of The Gambia.

A week or so after the festival, tickets from the balloons started returning from as far away as France and Germany; one almost reaching Austria! Prizes were sent to the sponsor and finder of the balloon that went the furthest, over 600 miles.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this fantastic day. It was wonderful to see so many people, of all ages, letting their hair down and really enjoying themselves.


Gospel Sing for The Gambia 2009

Singing for The Gambia with Daniel Thomas Singing for The Gambia with Daniel Thomas

Nyodema’s Gospel Sing for The Gambia (Saturday 16th May, Bognor Regis, West Sussex) was a great success. Vocal coach, Daniel Thomas, former choir director of the London Community Gospel Choir, worked us hard so that by the end of the day we could perform four beautiful songs to an audience of friends and family. Everyone was amazed at how much had been achieved in just one day. Daniel’s reputation as one of the best vocal coaches in Europe is well justified. The day was great fun and inspirational and it was wonderful to see a group of people of all ages, most of whom had never meet before, come together and produce such wonderful music.

Proceeds from the day will go towards Nyodema’s on going work with health and education in The Gambia.

Gospel sing for The Gambia Gospel sing for The Gambia

Below are some comments from people who took part in the workshop or saw the performance:

“Amazing day, well planned and exciting. Musically inspirational, enjoyable, pitched at the level of those aged from twelve to sixty! A wonderful way to raise money for the charity, while the ‘choir’ went from nowhere to everywhere in 6 hours, and revelled in the successful performance at the end of the day.” Geraldine Allchurch, Head of Music, Bourne Community College (workshop participant)

“We both enjoyed the singing and it was obviously a success all round. … one lad brought tears to my eyes and made the hairs on the back of my neck curl…
… how wonderful it was for building a community spirit.“ Eileen (audience member)

“When I walked in and heard the ‘choir’ I was amazed at how wonderful it sounded. I didn’t want it to end.” Peter (audience member)

For more photos of the event see the Nyodema Flickr stream

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