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MEWayne Alford

Wayne has been drumming with his wife Miriam since 2005. Once introduced to the djembe, he has embraced all facets of West African music, from playing djembe and dunduns to building them for himself and others in the Canberra region.

Wayne has studied with some of the modern masters – Mamady Keita, Mohamed “Bangourake” Bangoura, Sibo Bangoura, Tuza Afutu and Epizo Bangoura. He has also studied with some of the most well known percussionists on the east coast – Lansana Camara, Fode Mane, Yacou Mbaye and Malin Sylla.

He has been to Ghana, with Miriam, for a four week intensive drumming tour, spending most of that time in the advanced drumming group, gaining a deeper appreciation for the dunduns and the part that bell patterns play in the music. He has plans to visit West Africa again, most likely to Mali or Burkina Faso.

Wayne and Miriam have performed around Canberra as part of Djembe Djam and more recently with the Tanamasi ensemble. Credits include the Fringe Festival, National Busking Competition, Dragon Boat Regatta and the Childers Street Arts Precinct Opening, and venues such as the National Zoo and Aquarium, The Lighthouse, Toast and Teatro Vivaldi.

Wayne is the driving force behind Tanamasi, which is dedicated to the traditional style of West African rhythms.

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