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String of storytelling and percussion workshops hosted in Ipswich and Colchester ahead of live performances

PUBLISHED: 14:46 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:50 21 June 2017

African drumming workshop at The Smokehouse in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

African drumming workshop at The Smokehouse in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

People living in Ipswich and Colchester are being invited to learn more about new cultures with a series of storytelling and percussion workshops.

Arts La’Olam, based in Ipswich, is hosting a six-week programme ending on July 8 with the help of two professional African artists, Griot Chinyere and Abass Dodoo.

Children and adults of all abilities are invited to the workshops to experience Nigerian and Ghanian heritage storytelling, alongside percussion and drumming.

Performers, left to right, Abass Dodoo and Griot Chinyere. Picture: GREGG BROWNPerformers, left to right, Abass Dodoo and Griot Chinyere. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Sessions are taking place every Monday from 10am-12pm at The Smokehouse in Ipswich and every Wednesday from 7pm-9pm at Firstsite in Colchester.

Mr Dodoo, who comes from the family of Royal Master Ghanaian Drummers, is an internationally touring drummer.

Jack Griffin at the African drumming workshop. Picture: GREGG BROWNJack Griffin at the African drumming workshop. Picture: GREGG BROWN

He is founder and director of OneDrum, the most famous West African drumming troupe in Britain.

The pair will round their appearances off with the Global Rhythms Festival being hosted in Christchurch park on July 8 from 12pm.

African drumming workshop at The Smokehouse in Ipswich. Left to right, Leanne Baines, Mark Baines and Naomi Reynolds. Picture: GREGG BROWNAfrican drumming workshop at The Smokehouse in Ipswich. Left to right, Leanne Baines, Mark Baines and Naomi Reynolds. Picture: GREGG BROWN

For more details, visit the La’Olam website.

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