We show how Malay, Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern drums make great music together. We also showcase these drums on their own as well as teach students basic rhythms from each culture so they can make music along with the artists.
(full synopsis/info below)
Cost: $1,300

Chinese bian gu, Malay rebana, Indian dhol and Middle Eastern darbuka all together.

Teaching students two simple dhol exercises.

Demonstration of zapin rhythm on rebana and kompang.

desert 1 Our performance at ACM's East Meets West festival.

desert 2 Rebana, cajon, darbukas, bongos, djembes, bian gu, kompang, dhol.

desert rp Kompang demonstration.



We open with a Chinese bian gu, a Malay rebana, an Indian dhol and an Arabic darbuka, first in solo and then in a composition showcasing rhythms from each culture and also how well all the drums come together in harmony.

We then delve deeper into the rhythms of Malay, Indian, and Chinese (and also Arabic) percussion. For each tradition, we showcase the rhythms and then invite all the students to clap along with different rhythms from each, creating a wonderful collaboration between students and artists.

Finally, as time allows, we showcase other instruments such as the African djembe and Peruvian cajon, and other rhythms such as the Brazilian samba or Latin tumbao.


  1. Introduce drums and rhythms of local cultural groups
  2. Demonstrate how different cultures' drums and rhythms can work together
  3. Introduce popular drums and rhythms from elsewhere in the world
  4. Give students chance to actually play rhythms from different cultures


  1. Exciting percussion performances
  2. Making music as a group along with the artists
  3. Familiar and unfamiliar drums up close and in action

At the end of the programme students will learn to / understand:

  1. Drums and rhythms of Singapore cultures
  2. Different drums from different cultures working together
  3. Ease of making music with artists
  4. Basic rhythmic concepts

Cost: Cost: $1,300 for 4 performers and all instrumentation.