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Discover the rhythm of your soul through African drumming, music, art and culture

Akwaaba ("uh-kwaa-buh")...meaning welcome in the Akan language from Ghana, Akwaaba's vision is to use traditional African drumming and music as a tool to promote harmony and cultural understanding within the West Australian community.​

Established back in 1996 by Kofi (Paul) Osei, Akwaaba has been entertaining a wide variety of audiences for over 25 years with energetic, powerful and interactive performances, drum circles and workshops. Our use of traditional African hand drums and other percussion instruments bring alive the rhythms of Africa.  


As well as offering workshops and performances, we also strongly support and encourage the continuation of traditional African art and handicrafts and sell a wide range of hand made African products through our shop at the Wanneroo Markets.

Akwaaba will take you on a unique journey of discovery to find the rhythm that lies within each soul.​

African drumming and dancing Perth
Akwaaba specialises in:

  • Drumming workshops

    • festivals and community events

    • weekly adult classes (beginners to advanced)

    • school holiday events and OSHC 

    • schools and early learning centres




  • Djembe drum sales​

    • we also stock a wide variety of traditional African percussion instruments​




Mundaring Markets


Visit us at the Twilight Market in Mundaring on Saturday 10 February, 4.00-8.00pm

African Drumming Classes

Weekly intermediate classes -Thursdays 7.00-8.30pm at the Wanneroo Markets in Wangara.  (No class on the last Thursday of the month).  Resuming Feb 2024


Guiness World Record Holders!

In 2019 Akwaaba facilitated the Guinness World Record attempt for the drum circle with the most nationalities!



Saturday 3 February, 4.00-8.30pm at the Wanneroo Showgrounds. Join us for a drum circle from 5.30-6.30pm then we'll be performing on stage from 6.55-7.25pm.

Free event

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Free Drum Circle    

Watch this space for the next free drum circle at the Wanneroo Markets in Wangara. Drums & instruments are supplied and all are welcome!  Free event


On Stage With Santana

April 2017, Perth Arena

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African Drumming Classes

6 week beginners/intermediate 

class. Starting 9 April 2024 at the Wanneroo Markets in Wangara. Tuesdays 7.00-8.30pm.


Browse our Online Shop

Browse our online shop or visit us in store at the Wanneroo Markets in Wangara.

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