About Me

Penny is a London based percussionist who graduated from Thames Valley University in 2008 with a degree in Music, Event Management and Creative Technologies.

She is heavily focused on West African music and offers performances and educational workshops in various traditional disciplines. Penny really enjoys facilitating cultural exchange and bringing people together to experience traditional arts from around the world.

As well as West African Djembe drumming, Penny plays Bongos, Congas and Cajon and can easily adapt to various musical styles – having played in many different groups from latin quartets to bluesy trios as well as larger 10 piece corporate show bands. Penny loves to travel with her work and has performed in many countries around the world including Senegal, Bali, Turkey, Egypt and Qatar as well as at numerous events and festivals across the UK.

 

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As well as this, Penny organises weekly Sabar and Djembe drumming community classes based in Peckham, South East London. She travels to West Africa at least once every year to study, mainly focusing on djembe, and she has been doing so for the last 7 years. In this time visiting Guinea, The Gambia and most recently Senegal for one or two months at a time. Over the past 4 years Penny has been organising the West African Cultural Expedition which is a 2 week intensive workshop in Senegal – a place for students to come and experience Senegalese culture, music and dance at it’s finest.

In addition to this, Penny is also a live percussionist who accompanies a DJ to create an exciting visual and musical aspect to any event!