|The crew from drum cafe was incredible! They got the vibe going and me and my clients dancing to the beats! I really enjoyed every single aspect of drum cafe from the dealings with you to the actual performance!
So thank you very much, i will definitely be using your company in the future!
We are happy to report that the performance was EXCELLENT. Wow, what energy, our directors and staff were blown away.
Please pass on sincerest thanks to ALL the guys!
Human Resources and Administration Manager
It was brilliant.
Your guys really made it so special for us.
Please give a big thanks to Ben and his team they were awesome and their performance outstanding.
Big thank you and Drum Cafe has defiantly left a good spirit within Toyota Forklift.
I just want to say a BIG thank-you to you and the guys from The Drum Cafe, we had an absolute blast doing our Gum Boot dancing and the 5 guys that did the session where friendly, fun and full of energy.
We will definitely recommend the Drum Cafe to others.
I can't tell you how wonderful and vibey it was.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Your guys (esp Nyathi) did such a fantastically amazing job!
I will definitely be in touch with you to set up similar sessions with other departments.
Thanks a million to your team for a job excellently done!
We as the Specialists Group would like to thank Ben and his team for a very successful evening. The participants have thouroughly enjoyed the evening and it has set the tone for a very successful conference.
I would like to thank Ben and the team for a job well done. By word of mouth your marketing is currently being done by the 100 people who participated as it was an experience that they cannot stop talking about.
Once again thank you for all the arrangements and for an unforgetable evening.
It was absolutely fantastic
The guys loved the cultural side of the drumming, and it was the perfect ice breaker for the day!
Thanks again for all of your help with the booking.
It was well coordinated event and the feedback from staff has been incredibly positive. Drum Cafe has always been a reliable source for good fun and health team building and the “whacking” certainly warmed our cold hands J
A big thank you to White and the team for bringing the energy and enthusiasm.
Insurance Outsourcing Managers Holdings Ltd
It was absolutely awesome, enjoyed by all and your team are definitely the BEST!
The fifteen minutes with Tiny and the team of ladies were the highlight of the day. Our American guests absolutely loved the interactive drumming and the singing, and I thought it was brilliantly and professionally done. Well done to all of you for a truly incredible experience that will stay with us for a long time to come.
Group Talent Manager
MASSMART Holdings Limited
We had a marvellous team building. Made special by your team from Drum cafe. Tim and his team got the staff going immediately and our staff just loved it and fully participated.
Your drum leader ( I apologise for not getting his name) is fantastic and absolutely entertaining and we all had our eyes peeled on him! I have never heard our staff that noisy and happy.
Many say it was our best team building ever!
Please pass our thanks to your Durban team, we so appreciate their talent and efforts.The whole experience from getting quotes etc to the last moment was efficient and painless!
The session was wonderful and the feedback was really good. As usual enjoyed by all.
Nati and the guys are always punctual and professional.
Thanks once again. We will be in touch for the next session early next year.
Senior Learning Facilitator
Old Mutual Academy for Financial Planners
It was the bomb. The group really enjoyed it and had lots of fun. Thank you very much for such friendly, professional and enthusiastic drummers.
The drumming was amazing. Ben and his crew were so much fun. Everyone enjoyed it tremendously and I am sure that this was not the last time we interacted with the drum cafe.
Thanks a mill for everything.
Human Resources Specialist
Human Resources Department
It was the most brilliant thing you have ever seen or could ever imagine! We are deeply and sincerely grateful to Warren for making it possible, and to you Nicky for all the organizing! Mpho was fantastic! She did a brilliant job with the whole team!
It made the Wedding, and we've had the most incredible feedback on the day!
DRUM CAFE WE LOVE YOU
Thanks so much
Love South Africa's youth.
I sat in yesterday's drumming session. The atmosphere was electrified. All the delegates left on a complete "high". It was an absolute blast as always.
Your team was absolutely incredible! They were very interactive and got the crowd going!
Thanks so much and looking forward to booking with you in the future.
I would like to express my complete and utter joy in your crews performance at the airport, they were absolutely brilliant and took the welcome that we were providing to the next level
They were professional and a total joy to watch they performed to and excellent standard
Thank you for coming onboard with the WCTAH I no doubtable will be using your services again at some point and I will be giving your company name to all the people who may enquire about entertainment for functions
Unilever Chef of the Year T4 winner
A big thank you to White and the team for bringing the energy and enthusiasm.
Insurance Outsourcing Managers Holdings Ltd
The Drum Cafe Shop
I would like to thank you for your quick, professional and friendly service, you were the only one that was prepared to help me that fast.
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“A drum without a facilitator is just a drum. A drum with facilitators like Ben and his team becomes an instrument of endless joy and great excitement that bonds people together. Participants forget about the world and they only become aware of the music from the drums and heartbeat of the group.”
United Cricket Board, on Basadi’s opening ceremony performance for Women’s World Cup Cricket, 2005
”Your mesmerizing performance got all the guests talking to no end…”
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Interactive Events ( 53 items )
"Even the most cynical member of our team was blown away by the event."
Shona Bagley, Editor Elle Magazine
"I feel more at peace than I've been for months. I loved the rhythmical, hypnotic feeling - it's both tranquillising and energising."
“I attended the HP Drum Cafe session held at Vodaworld yesterday and was really blown away by the experience! I really do not have the greatest rhythm but the most important thing for me was the feeling I got while drumming yesterday – it was awesome!”
“They were so energetic and got even the most uptight, shyest people in our group to get up and dance freely. One could really see that they are passionate about what they do.”
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Drumming Performances ( 22 items )
“Many thanks for arranging the drummers at such short notice for us. We find that the drummers always help create an awesome vibe at our functions.” We find the drummers always very willing and very accomodating.”
Vodacom and Tri-Nations Rugby Test matches, 2004:
“I would like to thank you for the huge part that you played in creating the success of the SA Rugby On-Field-Entertainment for the Vodacom and Tri-Nations Rugby Test matches, 2004. Your dynamic and creative direction of the drummer’s performance added an innovative element to the performance. You most certainly achieved the performance objective of crowd participation.”
Opening of the Constitutional Court Of South Africa, 2004:
“A big thank you to you and your team for the wonderful performance of drumming at the inauguration of the building. The jubilation of the audience was awesome and tears of joy were screened all across the square.”
Ernst & Young, 2005:
“All the feedback I have received from Durban and Cape Town has been very positive. In Johannesburg, the performance was outstanding and effectively assisted us in achieving a general awareness in the office of the rewards programme we were launching.”
Stallion Security Awards Evening, 2004:
“Never before have I had the opportunity of working with a group of people as receptive, willing and friendly as your staff at Drum Cafe. Their professional natures as well as their exceptional skill of drumming rounded off my evening.”
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Performance Groups ( 44 items )
6-piece busking performance (mbira; mouth harp; drums; percussion; guitar; marimba; saxophone; penny-whistle), Deloitte & Touche, 260 people, September 2004:
“The international guests loved the instruments. It went very well.”
6-piece drumming as the 2010 World Cup Soccer bid was announced, May 200:
“Stunning performance. The Client wanted them to come back and drum more.”
8-piece drumming as the doors to the New Court are opened, March 2004:
“People were so emotional. They were dancing – it was awesome!”
Old Mutual’s 160thbirthday celebrations, trampolinists, fire dancers, Basadi, 1st projects, Jazz, Township Jive, drumming, praise poetry, singing,
350 people, June 2005:
“You were all stars and we are deeply grateful for the efforts you went to ensure that Old Mutual's 160th birthday really was a party of note.”
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Shows/Theatre ( 10 items )
Peugeot, “Shebeen Experience”, The Meat Company, Rivonia:
“I would like to express our particular appreciation to you for organising the excellent Mam’Spinza show. The guests had a great time and I believe your performers played a huge part in getting to know each other and feel more relaxed at the finals.”
Discovery Health, “Shebeen Experience”:
“Thank you so much for the wonderful performance at Nutbush Boma last Friday evening. The energy, vibrancy and costumes were terrific.”
SAP Africa, “Shebeen Experience”, 350 people, February 2005:
"The Shebeen Evening we held at Sun City was a resounding success, due in large to the energetic, vibrant and professional performance of the Drum Cafe. Our staff loved the interactive parts of the evening, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the different genres and dances that the group took us through. It was a skilled, yet warm performance and we definitely look forward to our next successful endeavour with the Drum Cafe"
Guardrisk, “Africa Now!”, The Hilton, 2004:
“This show was exciting…”
Lever Ponds Family Day, “Africa Now!”, 2 400 people:
“The show was fantastic; the audience loved it. It definitely added to the day and made it more memorable.”
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Custom-made Events ( 2 items )
SAP Africa, 350 people, February 2005
"The Shebeen Evening we held at Sun City was a resounding success, due in large to the energetic, vibrant and professional performance of the Drum Cafe. Our staff loved the interactive parts of the evening, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the different genres and dances that the group took us through. It was a skilled, yet warm performance and we definitely look forward to our next successful endeavour with the Drum Cafe.”
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The Drum Cafe Book ( 5 items )
Qhuzuluni Johan Sithole, African Cultural Heritage Trust:
“At long last! This book is long overdue.”
Adrienne Sichel, theatre and dance writer, The Star, Johannesburg:
“At last – a handbook which reflects the potency, and depth, of our living song and dance heritage. Between these pages lies a treasure trove of histories and knowledge systems which nourish South Africa’s rural and urban traditions.”
Andrew Tracey (Professor), International Library of African Music, Rhodes University:
“All credit to the Drum Cafe for introducing people to the fundamentals of African musicality through drumming, and now for giving us this own book about our own music.”
Thagana Krila Gobingca George KaMxadana, Deputy Chairman Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), founder member of the Traditional African Orchestra:
“A superb work of art, with in-depth factual research. Musicologists, educational institutions, art and culture practitioners and the general public will welcome this long-overdue book. A great reference for traditional music in South Africa, much of which is threatened by extinction. Well done to the Drum Cafe on this enriching initiative!”
Pops Mohammed (‘The Futurist’), traditional instrument specialist; ancient, present and future musician/producer/composer
“The Drum Cafe’s Traditional Music of South Africa is a true musical journey to the many different styles of indigenous music we had in the past, still and always have, in and around South Africa. Dating back to many, many generations, it addresses very important issues about who we are; where we come from and where we go from here. And in its own humble way also offers us a true way of really seeing ourselves as an African nation in every sense of the word and allows us to be proud to be South Africans. This book is beautifully illustrated and will give readers, both young and old, a new vision and understanding why it is vitally important for us as South Africans to know our own history. I congratulate all the Drum Cafe crew, Laurie Levine and Anthony Caplan for a job well done!”
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Social ( 19 items )
“We find that once the participants have taken part, they immediately connect with each other and the group “gels”. What would ordinarily take a long time for us to achieve in getting the group to bond, happens quickly once they have drummed. Your facilitators are extremely professional and manage to bring out the best in all the groups that they work with.”
St. Stithians Girls’ College
“We would like to commend you on an excellent workshop for our 2005 Arts Festival. This is the second year that we’ve invited you and the workshop stays fresh and innovative. Congratulations on bringing new material and a different show. We have had an overwhelming response from the staff and students concerning the workshop – they loved it! A special mention needs to be made concerning the way you dealt with 450 students at a time. We were really impressed how our girls were eating out of your hands.”
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I attended the world wide rally in Las Vegas on May 10, 2009,
when you preformed. I must say that was the most uplifting time and help
take a manager that was on her last leg and show her that through rythym I
can go back to my store and succeed. Thank you so very much from Waco,
Texas, Dawn Sims-Domino's Pizza
Wow! The Drum Cafe certainly exceeded all expectations at our recent Camp Culture event; l can assuredly say that WOW is the impression your TEAM left on our Employees. [You] really hit the mark with your presentation. [The] facilitation skills combined both learning and FUN and brought the purpose of the...event full circle. It is our responsibility as Leaders at Southwest Airlines to perpetuate our Culture and keep the SPIRIT alive and well. I feel as though with your team’s help we have successfully driven that point home with the 2005 MIT Level II Participants."
Cheryl Hughey, Director, People and Leadership Development Southwest Airlines, Dallas, TX.
I think the better way to describe it is “completely blown away!” You did a phenomenal job! The executives (along with the attendees) were amazed at how well you incorporated our mission and objectives. I can honestly say that Drum Cafe was THE highlight of our conference. We continue to hear comments on how much fun it was and how impressed people were with you. We couldn't be happier and really wanted to express our sincere thanks for the performance you gave – you truly provided us an uplifting experience that enriched our daily lives!
Kristie Schroeder - Starbucks Marketing
People were buzzing on Thursday morning about the Drum Cafe. They loved it. On the final evaluations, it was highlighted as one of the best things about the conference. One of the leaders opened his presentation highlighting his take-aways, and how well together we performed. One woman came up to me and asked if I was "cueing" you in your earpiece…. She used the words "astonishing" when she described the whole process. I hope to work with you again. It was a delight!”
Kathie Magness, Shell Oil Company, Training & Development
It was great to see the team opening up and enjoying the session, plus it was a perfect sync to the late afternoon activities. We greatly appreciate the experience your team and Dale brought to our group and we would like to look into using your team again for some leadership activities... We'll keep in touch and if you ever need a reference put me on the list. I would highly recommend it to anyone and have already begun spreading the word...
Hope all is well...
Rick M. Peterson
Phillips - Global Brand Innovation Manager
I know that we will be booking the group again sometime in the future for a larger event.
Thank you all and pass on my thanks to Chris, Sunny and the others.
SUSAN M. CARTER
ExxonMobil Business Support Centre Canada ULC An ExxonMobil
“We engaged The Drum Cafe for a Dell executive development program to support our globalization theme, raise cultural awareness, and help build peer networks. We got more than we asked for as The Drum Cafe motivated and inspired our management team in a way that was not only fun and entertaining, but relevant. Their understanding of our business objectives resulted in a customized program that supported and enhanced the more traditional elements of the week’s agenda. Thank you for a great experience! We look forward to another opportunity to work together!”
Laura Guenther, Director, Global Learning & Development, Dell Corporation, Round Rock, TX
The Drum Cafe is a refreshing new alternative to interactive audience participation. The mystique of not knowing what it is all about until you get into the performance is enticing! Drum Cafe creates a synergy and energy that leaves the audience shed of all inhibitions. You must experience it to fully understand!" Rick Mills, CMP, Director of Event Planning and Operations Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
"[The] Drum Cafe event was FABULOUS!!!! Dale and his team brought tremendous energy and spirit to it and we all had a GREAT time, and when I looked around the room as people were drumming their hearts out, EVERYONE WAS SMILIING. Thank you for making it such a success! Dale did an incredibly good job of tying the event to Starbucks soul, our teams, what we've accomplished this year, and what's yet to come! Everyone was very impressed with that and the fact that everything he said was so genuine and uplifting. Nothing about it was "canned."
JoAnn Chrisman, Store Development, Starbucks Coffee, Seattle, WA
"I was at The Wall Street Journals seminar in Austin earlier this week. I wanted to thank you for an awesome experience - you did an amazing job tying in our 2006 goals and Company expectations – it really was incredible. It’s not often you hear people talking about Sales seminars for days after the event, but this time we are! "
Terri Knabenshue, Legal Notice Advertising, The Wall Street Journal, Irving, TX.
“I want you to know that it was more than a pleasure to work with the Drum Cafe. You consistently lifted the spirits at each of the eight HP events. Your "welcome" was the perfect way to kick-off our training events - the reps were "open" and excited when our VPs started to speak. Please let me know if you ever need an enthusiastic reference. It was a privilege to work with your entire team!”
Ms. Louise Gold, Training & Development Manager, Hewlett-Packard Corp, Houston, TX
Just a few words to thank you all for the very special moment that you created at the National Meeting last week. We took the team by surprise, created some thoughts on diversity, and blew them away with the simple, clear message on the vision being the rhythm of the business. The Drum Cafe rated as one of the highlights of the week, and what a week it was. Our team left energised, and emotional...and very motivated to win in the market....our objectives were all achieved. “
Mark Barnard - Vice President - Unilever
"Wow! What a great experience. On behalf of PwC and our Women's Networking Circles, I want to thank you for our wonderful kickoff and close. We have received tremendous feedback from our women on this great event! [A] special thanks for really hitting the mark with our messages and theme. You really listened to me and 'connected' all that we spoke about. I am truly grateful for this and it was noted by many -- they were so impressed by how much you knew about PwC and our Circles. Thank you again. I hope our paths cross in the future."
Joanne McDonough, Director, Office of Diversity, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Thanks to the whole gang for doing such a great job - everyone had a blast at the event, largely due to the Drum Cafe . You guys were the stars of the day!
Paula Heath - Microsoft
"A very big thanks to The Drum Cafe team for an absolutely spectacular event. We're getting lots of buzz from employees and I personally thought your session was fantastic - incredibly motivational and I really couldn't think of a more perfect way to wrap up our event. I knew you guys would be awesome, but you were better than I had anticipated. I hope we'll be able to collaborate again in the future."
Simon McPherson, North America Event Planner, Sabre Travel Network / Travelocity
“It was undoubtedly the most successful event we have ever had. Our 160 attendees from 34 countries were delighted to take part in such a motivational, bonding experience from the moment that they stepped into our building. It was the greatest way to start the week.”
Director of Training and Development
The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica
A unique teambuilding experience, unlike anything we’ve done before. ........... Truly Stimulating!
John Lee - Senior Vice President- CNN
The Drum Cafe event spread enthusiasm like wildfire among my Motorola division. I received more positive feedback from the division heads about this event than any held prior to this. I will definitely be using The Drum Cafe again! Thank you again.
Laura Lazano - Motorola
My sincere thanks to you and your team. Absolutely amazing!!! There is no other way to describe our event. It exceeded every expectation I could have had. This is by far the best teambuilding exercise ever. It was a successful event that will be remembered for years to come. The program was tailored perfectly to our SunnyD culture and reinforced the impact of a team and individual contribution. The only problem I have is what to do for our next program. The bar has been set so high, I don't think anything could top this. Feel free to use all or part of my comments as a testimonial. Your future clients will not be disappointed."
Kim Thompson, Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SunnyD), Sales Coordinator, Cincinnati, OH
"The Drum Cafe's performance was everything we expected and beyond. [The facilitation] was smooth as silk and kept the audience's attention all the way through. Every member of the band was solid and showed their prowess during the solo part of the act."
David Brentz, Audiovisual Producer, Design and Media Services
American Heart Association
"[The] Drum Cafe was an incredible experience for everyone! Very professional and first class! I would recommend Drum Cafe again and again!"
Shelly Kay, Field Marketing Director/Eastern Division, Whataburger, Inc.
Your group is fantastic, the style marvelous, the cohesiveness you bring to any group of people is extraordinary and the joy and exhilaration we experienced unsurpassed.
"Partners are still talking about the session we had with you all on the 7th. [Another manager] mentioned how great it was to me today. Thanks to you and your team for doing such an amazing job. I appreciate your passion for what you do."
Mike Bryant, P artner L earning & D evelopment M anager , H-E-B Grocery Stores, San Antonio, TX.
"Many thanks for helping us make music, the drumming session was most definitely the highlight of the weekend. What a fantastic show.”
Our CEO and other executives have referred to the Drum Cafe piece as the highlight of the meetings, and leaders from all over the world have called to thank us for including your troupe.
Neil Erickson - Corporate Communications Director
"We all had a great time and the feedback has been very positive! Everyone keeps saying this was the “best meeting yet!” and The Drum Cafe was a big part of why…You got everyone to rock! I hope our paths will cross again in the future!”
Wendy Crothers, Senior Communications Specialist , Memphis, TN
The experience was fantastic,and exceeded even my highest expectations and wishes! My staff was stunned, surprised, and enveloped by the magic. They are still talking about it and we are all working together to make the beat go on!
Gail Hansen - CEO - SunTrust
The drum session we had was thoroughly enjoyed by all. This was a great ice breaker and a wonderful exercise in team collaboration… there was a unanimous conveyance of positive remarks, thank you for winning over even the biggest skeptic in our group.
Camia Peacock - Georgia Power Company
Awesome...... Everyone commented on their ability to engage the crowd and how calm and personable they were.
Ernestine Perry - Kaiser Permanente
Fantastic performance !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lyndon Burrell - National Marketing Manager - PWC Canada
I want to thank The Drum Cafe for performing at our event. I got NOTHING but praises on how much FUN everyone had. The purpose of asking you to attend is that we wanted/needed a bonding experience and everyone in attendance now shares this unique relationship. Those who attended are still talking about it and those who didn't wish they had. Thank you for the experience."
Deborah Key, AT&T Inc. (Formerly SBC Communications), San Antonio, TX