Drum Cafe began in Johannesburg, South Africa, inspired by the experience of communal drumming in Africa and the passion to unite different groups of people together. Natalie Spiro brought this innovative approach to corporate team-building to the United States in 2002. Since then, we’ve traversed the country with hundreds and sometimes thousands of drums in tow. Our programs leverage the stunning power of rhythm to engage people quickly and emotionally, wherever they are situated. We continue to innovate and grow with our clients as we shift attitudes and affect change.
Rhythm Exists Within Us All
Drum Cafe North America presents a unique, hands-on approach to team-building, learning, and new ways of collaborating. We draw parallels between making music as ONE and working together within an organization to achieve a unified goal!
Rhythm resonates so deeply within us all. Music is a universal language, and as such, it transcends all the barriers and boundaries that separate us, whether professional or personal. Drumming is an activity everyone and all cultures can relate to. The first thing you hear when you come into this world is the pulse of your mother’s heartbeat. We use the drum and the pulse as the medium because it unites, it energizes and it inspires the extraordinary, in ways NO other programs can.
Making music together encourages us to be sensitive and intuitive of all “voices” around us. In this way, we use drumming and rhythm as a means to create bonds between us, to build trust incrementally and to demonstrate kinesthetically, that every member of every team or division has a unique contribution to make in achieving overall success.
All of our corporate and educational programming is designed to spark unity and engagement – to enhance and harness the POWER of ONE team. Our programming re-ignites common values, augments ONE collective and impactful voice, and boosts morale and motivation. We’ve seen this to have a ripple back effect that impacts each participant’s workplace and broader community in a positive and powerful way.
Why the Worlds Leading Brands and Companies Work With Us
It starts with clear and effective communication with our team.
We hold ourselves to the highest of standards, always with the intention of exceeding client expectations.
Energy and Enthusiasm
We are driven by our passion for what we do in the world, and this fuels our purpose – our WHY.
Teamwork and Collaboration
We become an extension of your events’ team so that the experience is seamless.
Expert, Highly Trained Facilitators
Our professional percussionists and performers understand how to integrate complex corporate principles and facilitate programs your teams will be talking about for years to come.
We build and maintain long-term relationships with our clients – going above and beyond to ensure every event is a HUGE success.
High Profile Events
Drum Cafe drummers have performed with some of the best in the entertainment industry, inspired great leaders in the world of politics and opened some of the biggest events around the world.
Drum Cafe drummers joined the likes of Shakira & K’naan to open FIFA’s 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.
In July 2003, Drum Cafe performed at Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II of England, during the Golden Jubilee celebrations, with the Royal Family in attendance and millions of onlookers around the world!
Drum Cafe drummers participated in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics, playing to an audience of 1 billion people.
To celebrate the milestone 90th birthday of the legendary Nelson Mandela – participants included Elton John, Lewis Hamilton, Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, and Will Smith.
World leaders like Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, John Howard and other diplomats took part in the Drum Cafe experience at a Heads of State event in London.
In January 2010, Drum Cafe provided the musical backdrop at Australia Week’s signature Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles honoring Toni Collette, Simon Baker, and Greg Norman.
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