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Corporate drumming events focus on communication

The Drum Cafe is a unique, hands-on experience for teambuilding, learning and motivation that draws the parallels between making music and organizational effectiveness. It’s a program that is experienced and felt, so there are no spectators and everyone is a part of the performance—just as in the workplace.


CREATE A RHYTHM THAT BONDS

Whether the participants know each other or not, and whether they think they have rhythm or not, the most important elements of communication and teamwork are the focus of our programs. When you play together at a Drum Café event, you make music, and to make discernible music you have to be sensitive to what those next to you are doing. In this way, drumming helps create a rhythm that bonds and builds a team in a palpable, kinesthetic manner.

When communication happens, you know it and it feels right. When it’s not happening, that too, is apparent. Each member recognizes his or her own importance. It lets them find that their input, no matter how small, can make a marked difference to the success of the whole. In this way, everyone is valued for his or her diversity and uniqueness.

At the same time, when everyone is drumming together in unison, it is clear that alignment has been achieved and that the value of the whole is clearly greater than the sum of the parts. When you hear the rhythm of a group drumming and contribute your own beat, you are listening and playing….receptive and creative at the same time. Discover how Drum Café can inspire and motivate your organization. We offer a variety of programs for any audience and any budget.

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Drum Café 1
The original African import, adapted for North American markets to avoid cultural specificity or ethnocentricity. Highly entertaining, interactive and engaging, but without the customized Content of its Ubuntu offspring (see below for Ubuntu).

Promotes teambuilding, entertainment and fun.
Great for ice breakers, holiday parties, fundraisers, energizers, product launches, and more.
Duration 15-60 minutes
Group size Any
Price $$$

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Ubuntu
The flagship program for the North American market, this versatile, highly customizable “consultative” engagement is geared toward organizational effectiveness, with elements of collaboration, teamwork and fun! Ubuntu has its origins in the Bantu languages of Southern Africa and is used to describe the interdependent relationship among people living together in a community. Simply put: “I am, because you are.”

Promotes  teambuilding, team bonding, alignment and unity, leadership development, diversity/inclusion, communication and entertainment
Great for Onsite and offsite team meetings, conferences, general session, keynote sessions, team/departmental meetings, leadership retreats, recognition and incentive events, town halls
Duration 30-75 minutes
Group size Any
Price $$$

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Symphony of Talent
Melody-based and cerebral, this module is usually delivered in conjunction with Ubuntu. Particularly useful for leadership meetings (HR and other talent managers) or groups with specific challenges understanding and respecting the value of the contributions of others.

Promotes collaboration, cooperation, performance, leadership and diversity/inclusion.
Great for onsite and offsite team meetings, conferences, general session, keynote sessions, team/departmental meetings, leadership retreats.
Duration 15-30 minutes
Group size 20 or more
Price $$

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Spirited Leader
Usually delivered in conjunction with Ubuntu, this module is specifically geared toward skill- or capacity-building in leaders by handing them the reins of the program and inviting them to embody and practice skills modeled in Ubuntu.

Promotes  leadership.
Great for onsite and offsite team meetings, conferences, general session, keynote sessions, team/departmental meetings, leadership retreats.
Duration 15-30 minutes
Group size Usually less than 100
Price $$

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Classic Rewind
Debriefing of Ubuntu program in the classic format to highlight practical applications of Drum Café programming, facilitated by Drum Café, client or both. Brings awareness of the elements of Ubuntu program that lay below the water line and which may or may not have been apparent to the delegate.

Promotes  leadership and talent management, change management.
Great for onsite and offsite team meetings, conferences, general session, keynote sessions, team/departmental meetings, leadership retreats.
Duration Usually less than 200
Group size 20 or more
Price $$

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DrumStick Cafe
A powerful rhythm-based experience that’s also logistically easy to implement and lower on the ‘decibels’, this program delivers serious results from an exercise as foundational to development as a child’s game of  ‘Pat-a-Cake’!   In adult learning, when you have multiple pairs of ‘Pat-a-Cake’rs who all have to be in sequence with another intellectually and physically in simultaneous fashion, it is quickly apparent when and where breakdown happens and a team falls out of rhythm.   But the value comes when we learn about the group dynamics involved in communicating to solve problems, resolve the conflict or breakdown, and achieve or return to high performance without the crippling risk of disengagement.

Promotes  Most predominantly used for Corporate groups, particularly in management training and development, or with individuals who are responsible for building and maintaining high-performance teams, especially for those programs dominated by those new to having direct reports or have been identified as high-potential talent.   Spans of control may be large or small and even those with several years experience in talent management will benefit from this unique program.
Great for high-performance teamwork, enhanced communication, problem solving, creativity, and conflict resolution.
Duration 30 - 60 minutes
Group size 25 - 200
Price $$ - $$$

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Drum Café 3-D (Deep Dive Drumming)
While clients can build their own program, Drum Café 3-D is typically a sequential execution of Ubuntu, Spirited Leader, Symphony of Talent and Classic Rewind.

Promotes collaboration, cooperation, performance, leadership, diversity/inclusion, leadership, talent management, change management, teambuilding, team bonding, alignment and unity, leadership development, diversity/inclusion, communication and entertainment.
Great for onsite and offsite team meetings, small- to medium-sized team/departmental meetings, leadership retreats.
Duration Half-day
Group size Usually less than 200
Price $$$$$

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Drum-atic Café
This theatrical experience incorporates authentic drumming, dancing, and storytelling complete with authentic costumes. Perfect for lunch or dinner theatre, with minimum, if any, audience participation.

Promotes award programs, recognition and incentive events, holiday parties.
Great for onsite and offsite team meetings, small- to medium-sized team/departmental meetings, leadership retreats.
Duration 30-60 minutes
Group size Any
Price $$$$

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Just Press Play
World music and dance performances delivered as one-way shows without audience interaction.

Great for cocktail receptions, holiday parties, recognition events and awards ceremonies, opening exhibit floors/halls and general sessions, energizers and other one-off events, like grand openings and product launches.
Duration 5 minutes to 2 hours
Group size Any
Price $$-$$$

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Conversation Café
This program reconnects people with the lost art of dialog and conversation, establishing understanding and empathy at a deeper level than previously expressed. Aided by group drumming, delegates bring to consciousness what was largely unconscious.

Promotes diversity/inclusion, leadership and talent management, conflict management and
resolution, communication.
Great for Main session for smaller groups or long breakout session for larger groups.
Duration 3 hours
Group size Usually smaller than 100
Price $$$$$

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Build-a-Band
This impressive and versatile program puts the power of music-making in the hands of the participants, as teams become their own band, using instruments given to them by Drum Café or created from items found in the room. This program is often used when clients desire a program with some friendly competition built in, but it’s bookended with positive, cooperative functionality.

Promotes creativity, problem solving, conflict management and resolution, communication, diversity and inclusion, performance, and teamwork.
Duration 60-90 minutes
Group size At least 50
Price $$$-$$$$

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CommUNITY Café
This program embraces the concept of corporate social responsibility, allowing a client to donate a Drum Café program to a local school or group of people with special financial, medical or emotional needs. A small team of client representatives or executives may join Drum Café to present the program and explain their company’s role in the performance.

Promotes corporate social responsibility, community building, diversity and inclusion, team building.
Great for an alternative to common community outreach programs like Habitat for Humanity, Build-A-Bike, etc.
Duration 2-4 hours  
Group size Any   
Price $$$$-$$$$$

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N’Synch
Inspired by — but not to be confused with — the ’90s popular boy band, this Drum Café program takes synchronization back to our roots … or should we say “boots”? Gumboot dancing is a time-honored tradition among native South Africans. Our clients will overcome the ages-old challenges of communication, learning to speak the same language and get in the same rhythm. Our program teaches you all the moves, complete with authentic gumboots and bandanas, to overcome the challenges you’re facing!

Promotes teambuilding, team bonding, cooperating, unity, community building, performance.
Great for ice breakers, onsite and offsite team meetings, conferences, general session, keynote sessions, team/departmental meetings, leadership retreats, recognition and incentive events, town halls.
Duration 1-2 hours  
Group size Usually less than 100   
Price $$$$

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Ndlama!
Ndlama! is the fierce warrior dance of Southern Africa’s mighty Zulu tribe. Ndlama! is a big-bang opening or closing performance of movement and vocalization facilitated by the Drum Café team but which includes everybody in the room and focuses most importantly on you, the client! After a powerful opening, a brief period of group instruction prepares the delegates to mentally and emotionally summon the collective ferocity needed to conquer challenges that may have faced Shaka Zulu himself!

Promotes teambuilding and cooperation, unity and community-building, improved performance.
Great for ice breakers, entertainment, energizers.
Duration 30-60 minutes  
Group size Usually more than 25   
Price $$

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Flash Mob
Take the surprise element of the Drum Café to the extreme! Flash Mob is an increasingly popular sensation that catches people off guard in public streets, city malls and more. Drum Café’s Flash Mob adds a wonderfully unique and contemporary spin to the more traditional opening of any of the Drum Café programs.

Great for opening a meeting or general session in a creative and provocative manner. Can introduce Ubuntu, Drum Café 1 or Just Press Play.
Duration 5-10 minutes  
Group size Usually more than 50   
Price $$

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Body Beat
This cost-effective program is part performance and part interactive, as the audience becomes part of a rhythm-based experience using just their hands, feet and voices.

Promotes teamwork, performance.
Great for ice breakers and openers.
Duration 5-30 minutes  
Group size Usually more than 100. Great for very large audiences into the thousands   
Price $$-$$$