Global Grooves: Congas & Percussion for Hip-Hop, Dance and Pop Course Spring 2015

  • Wednesday | 14.01.15
  • 12.00am
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • Full: £65


Back by popular demand. Global Grooves is proud to present as part of the Brighter Sound Creative Learning programme at Band on the Wall….

Congas & Percussion for Hip-Hop, Dance and POP with Lea Mullen and Chris Cruiks

Here is the groove-formation! Explore the role of the percussionist in hip-hop, dance and pop styles. A course for players of all levels from beginner to advanced. Fun, friendly and informative!

Use congas with a selection of other percussion instruments and learn their importance and place in today’s chart music. Learn new skills and techniques from two of the UK’s finest players. Create percussive beats and grooves in small group settings and fit them into a full band ‘groove’ with expert coaching from Lea and Chris.

This is an open level course suitable for players of any level from beginner to advanced and highly recommended for all would-be percussionists and drummers. The classes are divided into groups based on levels of experience working with both tutors.

Beginners: Learn to use fundamental techniques and make basic sounds which are transferrable on other drums and percussion instruments. Also gain an understanding of layered rhythms and how they are put together with an ensemble. 

More Advanced players will learn to incorporate different timelines and floating hand techniques plus ideas on phrasing and playing solos. Some experience of hand drumming is necessary for the advanced group. This course is great for those who want to play in bands and collaborate with other musicians on jam nights, performances or in a recording setting. 

We can provide congas to use in sessions although we would advise you to bring your own if you have them. Other percussion provided for use in sessions as part of the course.

About the Tutors:

Lea Mullen: Percussionist and drummer and who has worked in the music business for the last twenty years. He regularly tours and has recorded with the biggest names (George Michael, Will Young, Ian Brown, Happy Mondays to name a few) and is in demand as a session player and masterclass/clinician all over the world.

Lea’s unique approach to percussion has enabled him to develop unique and exciting ways of using congas and other percussion instruments in a band setting. By paying attention to frequencies, using a bank of knowledge and rhythms from decades of experience and utilizing a variety of percussion instruments and electronic gadgets, Lea has helped to put a percussive mark on the music of many of the worlds chart topping superstars’ live and recorded performances.

Chris Cruiks: Conga player and founder member of the Inner Sence Percussion Orchestra. Chris’ roots are in African, Brazilian and Cuban traditional music and has led workshops and collaborations with musicians from all over the world. He has toured and recorded extensively with musician / producers such as Rae & Christian and AIM. He was also the house percussion player at the Hacienda until 1992. Among others he has recorded two percussion albums with Lea Mullen and friends and is currently recording for Fingathing and Jessica Hoop.

Venue: The Main Venue and Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ

Day: Wednesdays

Dates: January 14th, 21st, 28th. February 4th, 11th, 25th. March 4th, 11th.

Times: 7.30-9.30pm

Course Fees: Full: £65 Conc: £50 Pay-per-session £10 (payable at box office on arrival)

How to book: Click the Enrol button, fill out an online registration form then click through to pay online or pay at the box office when you arrive.

NB: Concessions are for unwaged, full time students and OAP only. Under 16’s should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Any enquiries about this course please email