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MEDIA ALERT: Entertainment at the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Autumn Vibes Festival - MARCH 9th, 2014
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Drum Beats and Gaia Rhythm will both be performing at Sydney’s Botanical Gardens Sunday March 9th,  part of the Botanical Gardens Autumn Vibes Festival.

The rhythms of Africa will be pulsing through the Gardens with Drum Beat’s amazing show. Watch Gaia Rhythm’s incredibly talented dancers with their contemporary global show, both high-energy performances certain to create a unique fun filled afternoon surrounded in the beautiful Botanical Gardens. 

The Autumn Vibes Festival will also offer guided themed walks and talks, plant related art demonstrations, multicultural food stalls and much more.

Drumming workshops by Drum Beats & Taikoz will also be on offer on the day.  Children can move to the beat too, with a drum aerobics workshop.

Autumn Vibes incorporates plant collections at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney from Asia and Australia too, with over 9,000 plants growing there and more than 6,000 of them are from around the world.

Angela Grima, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Drum Beats and Gaia Rhythm said, “It will be an amazing kaleidoscope of vibrant musical performances on the day.  We’re really excited to be playing and supporting the Autumn Vibes festival to help promote the incredible variety of plants we are fortunate to grow here in Sydney.” 

Download Full Map & Entertainment Program for Sunday March 9th 

Gaia Rhythm Show

From the ancient sounds of the Mongolian mountains to the ruins of the Maltese temples the voices are sung across the lands……

The Gaia Rhythm Show is a mesmeric encounter with another world,

A story of what it is to be human and the relationship between man and Earth, an awareness that our planet is forever changing, an adapting organism that we are all part of.

Featuring rare and rich virtuoso talents with music that has a language of its own, the show has a World Music flavour with similarities to Enigma & Deep Forest. Whilst the stunning acrobats, aerialists and dancers dressed in beautifully crafted costumes invariably draw comparisons to the performances of Cirque du Soleil.

On Sunday March 9th, the line-up includes Angela 'the Chameleon'' - the World Pop Opera Vocalist with a 4 octave range, Buku - Australia's only Mongolian Throat Singer & Horse Fiddle player, Kaija on Cello & Vocals, Keys with Michael, Drums & Percussion with Peter, along with the talented Adagio Acrobats, Kea & Simon.

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Drum Beats Performance

Drum Beats provides music & rhythm based entertainment and team building events at conferences, Christmas parties, festivals & weddings..

As part of the Royal Botanical Gardens Autumn Vibes festival Drum Beats will performing the ever popular African Drumming & Dance show. In Africa music is part of daily life in fact it is the very fabric that holds communities together. Music is played to help promote work, at important events such as weddings, initiations, blessings, funerals & healings. The village griot (musical storyteller) is entrusted to provide the appropriate rhythms & music for these occasions. On March 9th the Drum Beats performers will include Yacou M'Baye and Fode Mane who come from families who uphold these storytelling traditions.

The show features rhythms traditional to Senegal (West of Africa) performed upon Djembe, Dunun & Sabar drums. These drums are hand crafted from hardwood with animal hide stretched across the playing surfaces. The trees most commonly used are Lenke (Afzelia africana), Djalla (Khaya senegalensis) and Dugura (Cordyla africana) trees.

To further enrich the experience Drum Beats will be providing 50 drums for the audience to participate at the conclusion of the show!

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Corporate Team Building needs a heart beat to be effective

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Every organization whether comprised of 20 or 20,000 employees, work together in teams at various times to achieve a common goal of productivity or achievement. The results of your employees reflect a direct correlation to their interaction within the team, their own personal development and whether the team has bonded outside of work activities.  Corporate team building activities have been scientifically proven to bolster productivity, self confidence and career development.

The Science of Team Building

Scientifically proven means that there are quantifiable results that happen when this activity is performed to the betterment of the company including increased results, better morale, more cohesive teams and better interpersonal employee relationships. A research group from the University of Central Florida in 2009 analyzed data from 103 team building studies from 1950-2007. The analysis revealed that corporate team building had direct positive effects on how people felt about their team members and surprisingly a strong effect in improving processes. Without specifically improving the nature of the business process, this study showed that by improving team mechanics the process is therefore also improved. 

Other effects revealed that team building activities help to improve goal-setting and clarify roles as well as improved interpersonal relations. Teams developed through experiential activities also proved more capable at solving problems. It is clear why so many large corporations have included these activities into monthly events that help their bottom line.


Active Team Building

The real key to providing a truly uplifting team building event is participation. Imagine 1000 employees all beating in rhythm under the expertise of Drum Beats facilitators. Employees arrive to their seats and find a drum and their curiosity picks up. Soon, as with the hands beating on the drums, their hearts beat with an energy that flows through and around everyone creating a cacophony of sounds through their own teamwork. The realization of concerted effort and individual development has in fact created a musical work of art dawns. Their experience has allowed them a mutual experience to draw on. 

Making 1000 drums beat in rhythm is harder than it sounds and only through a concerted effort and mutual respect can the challenge be overcome and produce a cohesive result. The result of this activity includes reduced stress, an improved immune response and personal developments including improved intuition, creativity, focus and awareness of group dynamics. 


Drum Beats instils life into your corporate team building events. By providing a unique experience in any of your corporate styled events, drumming creates an uplifting energy and cohesion that is powerful and memorable. It is one of the best team building events because it is very versatile and can be applied to small or large groups without having to break into small units. As an activity it is inclusive of age, gender, education or background and participants receive instant gratification by hearing and feeling the musical rhythm. 

Contact us to book your events anywhere in Australia  on 1300 749 846 or email

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Victory at Etihad

Friday, October 04, 2013

If you are looking for a team building event in Melbourne, that will knock the socks off your employees then this story is for you.

Here at Drum Beats we provide upbeat, motivational, and hands-on experiential events that will lift the spirits of your team. This can be done during a conference, in or out of the office and for virtually any event or occasion.

The Client
One of our most recent team building activities involved a brand new team of employees from Telstra here in Melbourne. 
As a new team, Telstra wanted an event that would see this new team form some lasting impressions, bonds and experience hands-on motivation to build their trust in each other from the ground up. This team of employees were given a challenging task and the kick off event was designed to build  a team synergy that will help them achieve results beyond expectations. 

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The Challenge
Typically, inspiration and motivation cannot simply be instilled through a PowerPoint presentation on the products features and benefits or goal expectations of a team. They need to feel that they are empowered to ‘Go Beyond’ their manager’s expectation, together as a team. This is where Telstra felt it necessary to lean on the expertise and power of Drum Beats corporate team building programs. In order to work together as a team, it is often necessary to get in a groove. It can be related to being able to stay in rhythm during musical performances.  This is exactly where the Drum Beats team provides an experience that shows employees how, without any training or expertise, they can perform a full musical show on African or Arabian drums.

Victory on the Drums!
The Telstra event took place at Etihad Stadium where many a champion team has displayed their teamwork! After warming up their minds through developing high powered teams with a former AFL Coach, they walked into the stadium seating area to be surprised by our score of musicians and 130 drums to start off their musical adventure. The full team cooperation and powerful sounds of the drums bouncing through the arena made for a resounding success. The team was impressed they were able to perform in such synchronicity. Yet, do not take our word for it; here is the response from our client:

“Fantastic job, really well received by the team! 
Energising, fun and helped to bring the new team together.” 

If you are looking for a similar experience, why not contact us on 1300 749 846 or email

Gaia Rhythm Show to Perform at the Festival on the Green

Friday, May 03, 2013

Gaia Rhythm Events announces that they will be performing the Gaia Rhythm Show at the Festival on the Green.

The public is invited to the two free shows, which will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013, starting at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The performance will take place at the Festival on the Green, located at St. Ives Village Green, (Memorial Ave, St Ives)

This is the first ever 'open to the public' performance of the Gaia Rhythm Show which showcases some of the worlds best performance artists and musicians. Featuring gold medalist breakdancer - the spectacular Bboy Blond, extraordinary Aerial Acts, Contemporary Dance Contortion, Australia's only Mongolian throat singer, and the "Chameleon".

Who is the 'Chameleon? …Alas we can't give away all our secrets just yet!

However we can let you know that usually the productions are for select audiences at private events such as Conrad Jupiter's High Rollers NYE Party and Opera Kitchen's NYE Party but this Sunday the show is open to everyone to come along and experience the magic.

Gaia Rhythm are performing as part of Ku Ring Gai Council's 'Festival on the Green', the festival consistently attracts thousands of visitors & with over 100 stall holders & the 'Go Diego Go' Show for the children this year is expected to be even better. So the early advice (If you are having trouble finding the main stage amongst all that’s going on) - is to look skywards at 12 noon and again at 2pm and you will see an eleven metre high structure being spectacularly brought to life with acrobats, dancers and an enchanting trapeze artist!



The Gaia Rhythm Show is unique, offering a language and style all of its own, the story focuses on what it is to be human and rich relationship that man has with the Earth. The show also features a refreshing array of live, original music and language, eye-catching costumes, choreography, and magic, in order to create a spectacular vision. "Come along with your children, friends and family & be part of the occasion" says Gaia Rhythms Producer Rob Wines "It's the perfect opportunity for EA's, PA's and Event Organisers to experience the show first hand for future events." "It's truly a moving performance that pleases the eyes, ears, and mind.

Come see what the Gaia Rhythm Show and all its talented performers are all about."


Date:            Sunday May 5th, 2013

Occasion:   'Festival on the Green' - 10am to 4pm

Times:          Gaia Rhythm Performances - 12noon - 12.30pm and 2pm - 2.30pm

Cost:             FREE

Venue:          St Ives Village Green, Memorial Avenue Find this event on Facebook

Lord Mayors Welcome

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Drum Beats Performs During Lord Mayors Welcome to International University Students

Drum Beats, the corporate entertainment and team building sensations, went back to school earlier this month with a dazzling performance at the Sydney Lord Mayor’s annual welcome for international university students. Taking place at the city Town Hall, the traditionally low-key welcome ceremony was transformed into a vibrant multicultural reception by Drum Beat’s unique fusion of intricate African rhythms, folk dance and acrobatics.

A team of seven Drum Beats performers used an electrifying mix of uplifting rhythms and excellent showmanship, with musicians and dancers working as one to get the crowd to their feet and moving in perfect synchronization with the alluring sound of traditional drums.

The African themed music and dance show was specifically chosen by the organizing committee for the event in an effort to provide a more multicultural, invigorating and energizing welcome for the city’s incoming alumnus than has been the case in previous events.

Known for their dynamic road shows, unique corporate team building events and sensational presence at weddings, parties and special occasions, Drum Beats taps into the rich universal tradition of using music and rhythm as tools of communication. Students in attendance at their honorary inauguration came from the University of Technology, Sydney, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Australian Catholic University, University of Western Sydney and TAFE NSW.


By promoting the beautiful tribal rhythms that are such an intrinsic part of African musical culture, to such a multi-faceted audience, the performance was also perfectly timed to coincide with the run-up to Australia’s National Harmony Day.

Rob Wines co-founder of Drum Beats said, “We were delighted to be invited to perform at the Lord Mayor’s welcome by the organising committee and excited by the challenge of reinvigorating the long standing event in order to connect with the students. Our music and performances are uplifting and invigorating. It is the type of music that can be felt throughout the body and the soul as much as it can be heard which made it perfect for such a diverse audience.

“The electrifying sound of drums never fails to instil a feeling of excitement and reverence, with the music acting as an international language that traverses age, race, social dogma and creed. It arouses an almost primeval instinct to dance and move, and peacefully bonds people in an atmosphere where social differences have no precedence.”

Drum Beats perform regularly throughout Sydney & Australia for corporate entertainment, at schools and other public venues and can be contacted on 1300 749 846 or via email


A Star Is Born... Right Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Thursday, September 06, 2012

After a year of scripting, casting  choreography and rehearsals, and several out of town tryouts, the spectacular Giaia Rhythm Show  by Drum Beats made its debut at  Circular Quay on New Year’ s Eve. The rest, as they say, is history!

New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House – what better time or place could there be to launch an exciting new entertainment concept? The Gaia Rhythm  Show is a new entertainment concept from Drum Beats that combines irresistible tribal rhythms with original music, choreography, dancers and adult circus acrobats to provide a very different kind of entertainment experience  - not an event segment or a team building scenario, but a fully fledged show for any size of audience in any location.



Gaia – the name derives from the old Greek word for the planet Earth, builds on Drum Beats proven strengths of international rhythms and music scapes and audience inclusion by adding new original soundtracks, choreography, gymnastics, fire dancing and fire eating. The result is a sophisticated adult circus spectacular.

The Gaia spectacle was developed by Drum Beats Artistic Director and Joint CEO Angela Grima over more than a year of casting, rehearsals and tryouts before making its debut at the new Opera Kitchen precinct at the Sydney Opera House, accommodating five fashionable Sydney restaurants in one unique boardwalk at the foot of the Opera House.

The New Years Eve Programme
Tasked with entertaining a large crowd of diners and fireworks watchers form 6.30 pm to 1.15 am, Drum Beats divided the night into seven separate scenes between 6.30 pm and midnight.

The audience enjoyed a Gaia Rhythm Dance Show with African drummers and dancers; a drumming workshop with 30 audience members playing drums; a graceful adagio acrobatic duet; a Gaia Rhythm show with dancers, vocalists and percussionists; a floor show featuring original music and two fire dancers: and The Gaia Rhythm Party Band performing funky r&b numbers


A slick, large scale show like Gaia requires really professional production and organisation. Drum Beats were able to draw on their many years of staging shows to pull it all together, from the red carpet, lighting and audio systems to understanding and complying with all the stringent OHS requirements of the Sydney Opera House to make it all happen perfectly.

The Future of Gaia – It’s big!

The Gaia Rhythm Show is a unique corporate entertainment concept - part adult circus, part world music event and part pulsating soundscape of percussion and melody. Since our New Years Eve debut at the Opera House this year, we have staged Gaia a half dozen times, and each performance has been different since we shape the show to fit the event and the environment.  For example, a recent three day Gaia Rhythm Show event for an international audience included didgeridoos, break dancers and Haka performers from New Zealand – an exciting and different stand-alone entertainment concept.

We’ll be showcasing The Gaia Rhythm Show in its own website very soon, but if you are interested in staging Gaia for your company in the near future, please contact Rob, Angela or Athill on 1300 749 846

Five Conference And Event Myths Debunked! - Myth 1: The magic won’t work if the venue is too large.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

If you think it is just too chaotic to get an international audience of 800 – 1000 people to shake their maracas and stomp their feet in time, you obviously weren’t at the Standards Australia event organised by Waldron Smith Management in October 2011.

Event: The 75th Annual General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Standards Australia
Conference Organiser:
Waldron Smith Management
800+ international delegates
Palladium Ballroom, Crown Casino, Melbourne

Drum Beats were briefed to provide the pre-dinner entertainment for the prestigious finale to this fortnight long international conference and were specifically asked for an ice breaker with an international theme to set a mood that would be appreciated by guests attending from all over the world, rather than a single cultural theme such as African dancing.

Even more important than the need to present an international sound, however, was the need to get every one of the 800 audience members involved and participating – the essential element in creating a memorable team building experience. To achieve this, Drum Beats issued each member of the audience with a maraca rattle or a pair of claves or clap sticks, which they could keep as a personal memento of the event.


Alison Armstead, conference organiser for Waldron Smith Management recalls that “I was absolutely delighted at the enthusiasm with which the audience reacted to their gifts – the maracas and the claves – as they entered the ballroom. They were asked to keep them safe because they would need to use them during the performance and this resulted in an immediate sense of anticipation and excitement”.

When the performance began, 800+ members of the audience joined in an exhilarating 30 minutes of interactive percussion performance orchestrated by Drum Beats performers as part of a sophisticated international soundscape. An audience of 800 people was not a problem – especially in a fantastic venue like the Crown’s Palladium Ballroom, which is specially designed to hold larger events like this one!


Myth 2: Blokey audiences don’t want to join in the singing and dancing.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Just because a guy would rather watch a footy match than the Australian Ballet does not mean that he has no sense of rhythm or doesn’t get a kick out of banging a drum.  Engineers, logistics staff and blue collar workers are some of our favourite audiences because they really know how to have a good time in a group situation.


As Drum Beats Artistic Director, Angela Grima says
“You just need to be able to understand group dynamics and what turns groups on. We all have rhythm and we all have the ability to connect and communicate through music- no matter what our job, gender or title is”. 

Event:  Woolworths Engineering and Maintenance Conference – Team Building Event
Woolworths Ltd
Conference Organiser:
Andrew Howarth
Engineering and Maintenance Staff
Penrith Panthers Leagues Club, Sydney

Woolworths Limited is much more than a supermarket. The group owns seventeen major retail brands including food, electrical and liquor retail chains, hotels, petrol outlets and hardware stores and was listed as the 19th biggest retailer in the world in 2010. All the maintenance and service requirements of this retail empire – including all occupational health and safety issues – are managed by a separate entity – Woolworths EMS, (engineering, maintenance and  services), which has the enormous task of selecting and controlling the thousands of independent contractors who keep the wheels turning.

Andrew Howarth of Woolworths EMS who organised the conference was very happy with the success of this key team building event. “There were a few of our guys who were a bit self conscious and might have preferred to sit on their hands rather than join in the clapping, singing and drumming, but Angela overcame their reluctance surprisingly quickly, and within a few minutes everyone was joining in and have a great time. For me, the best thing about this Drum Beats event was the fact that our people actually surprised themselves in their ability to participate as a team and enjoy it”.

Myth 3: A Drum Beats show is too noisy for a multi function venue

Thursday, September 06, 2012

You know the problem – you’re in a conference or convention centre and there are other conferences happening next door. You’d love the energy and participation of a drumming show, but you don’t want complaints from the next door neighbours. Drum Beats Executive Producer Rob Wines says “Relax, we’ve done this before lots of times and we have ways of giving you all the excitement and participation you want without disturbing anyone else sharing the venue.”

Event:  Western Union Client Awards Night
Western Union
Conference organiser:
Oliver Winchester, Senior Business Development Manager - Australia
Western Union Agents
Waterfront Restaurant, Circular Quay, Sydney


The Waterfront Restaurant, tucked away in a heritage listed sandstone stone building overlooking Circular Quay and the Opera House, is a dream location …  but it poses its own problems for performers. The old building is not very soundproof and it is impossible to insulate the function area form the rest of the facility. This is a challenge that Drum Beats has faced and solved several times before at various venues.

Drum Beats performed elegant background music (featuring keyboard, conga, flute & vocals) when guests arrived and drinks were served. We then came back after dinner for the pre-awards team building event – minus our usual drums (we used body percussion, singing and less intrusive instruments instead). The highlight of the evening was devised specially for Western Union, who wanted a fire show as a finale and were disappointed to learn that because they were in a heritage building, naked flame was not permitted.

Instead, Drum Beats developed a UV light glow show that required blacking out the room, dressing our performers in UV-reflective costumes illuminated by UV lights and performing a magical light circus routine based on twirling and juggling and acrobatics with glow balls and glow sticks, performed to the live music. The result was such a hit, it’s now become one of our standard routines – who says necessity isn’t the mother of invention?

After this event, event organiser Oliver Winchester wrote to us to say:

I just wanted to say a big thanks to you and your team for the spectacular show you put together on Thursday night. The Western Union team really appreciated the efforts you went to accommodate the restrictions imposed by the venue, you came up with a great plan”.





Myth 4: “You’ll never get our senior managers to bang a drum.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Oh if only we had $100 for every time we’ve heard that one! Our ten years in the business has taught us that senior executives love to bang drums. They also like to wear silly hats and sing. That’s because they’re smart enough to realise that seeing the bosses join in is one of t he fastest and most effective ways to create a strong team spirit.

Event:  Alstom Team Building event. East Asia – Pacific
Alstom Power
Conference Organiser:
Zubin Postwalla
Senior management
Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park

Alstom is one of the big international names in telecommunications infrastructure, and they are a very serious company indeed. But they do know when and how to have a little fun.

When Zubin Postwalla of Alstom’s Singapore Regional Head Office needed to organise an important team building event for Alstom Australia following an internal restructure, he already knew how successfully a corporate drumming event had been for Alstom in France and he had no hesitation in booking Drum Beats for this event.

The meeting was attended by a VIP from Alstom’s Paris HQ and regional senior management from Singapore as well as management teams and product managers from Australia and New Zealand – a top level executive group – and every one of them wore an outsize Rasta hat, banged a drum and had a good time. .

“The infrastructure sector is by nature conservative”, says Zubin. “But Angela soon got our people into the spirit of the thing, including the one or two who needed a gentle shove but were soon fully involved. One factor which definitely helped was that our senior international managers were present and actively participated in and supported the event – our Commercial VP believes that meetings and team building activities of this kind are important.

In assessing the value of the event, Zubin pointed out that it conveyed a strong message from the management team in a fun way: "We may be geographically separated, but let’s move forward together, each beating his own drum, but to the one rhythm we all agree on - that is the key to an organisation’s success”.