History-Stuart Dinwoodie

I began my drumming in the 80s, in California with traditional West African and Congolese drummers, eventually making my way to West Africa, where I met my teacher Moussa Sylla.  Moussa, from Guinea was a patient and generous man who shared much about the culture and traditions surrounding the drumming, the meaning of the rhythms, the rituals of the rhythms, and the songs to accompany them. I learned how to play to both lead and follow dancers, to create energy for and be energized by them.  In my many months spent in West Africa, I also learned to expertly re-skin and repair drums (contact me)

Through Moussa Sylla and my many other teachers, I learned the importance and the power of drums in bringing together people in community; connecting them through song and dance; connecting them to their ancestry, to their culture, to their land, and to themselves. 

From the USA, to Spain, West Africa and the UK, I have taught, shared and performed. Since 2002, I have taught drumming and dance widely in Scotland.  This has included many community groups, nurseries, schools, universities, corporations and businesses (see below).

I play with several performance groups, including Waa Sylla, Baobab Gateway, and Diwan.

I have a wealth of experience, knowledge and fun to share with you.

I work alone usually but can also bring other exciting and experienced facilitators for larger groups.

Past work

Some examples of past work include (but not limited to):


Granton P.S
James Gillespie S.S.
Muirhouse P.S
Pennywell P.S
Starley Hall S.S
Leith Academy
Portobello Music School
Forfar Academy P.S

Further Education

Napier University
Edinburgh University
Colorado College (Colorado Springs) - faculty member
University of New Mexico - faculty member
Dundee College of Further Education

Treefest (4 years)
Tribe of Doris
Edinburgh Mela
Bantu Camp
Portobello Rocks
African Drum Village
Meadows Festival
Knockengorroch festival
Beltane Fire Festival
Traquhair festival

Other artists with whom I've collaborated

Nansady Keita
Chris Berry
Abdoulaye Camara
Abdul Doumbia
Douglas Hudson
Eva Goudiaby
Seby Ntege
Samba Sene and Diwan
Sankofa Dance company
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance company
Andy Cooke
Peter Vilk
Mara Menzies
Raquel Ribes
Steve Sharp (Drumfun)