About

“Bring your rhythm to life!”


Do you want to find your rhythm?

Or are you here  to find an unforgettable experience for your work colleagues? Or for your friends or family?

Do have you what it takes to be in rhythm?

Never been part of a Drum Circle before, but have seen it and had that urge to just get in there and beat the drum?

Have you got passion, but just don’t have a good way to let it out?

We’ve got you covered! We teach rhythm in a safe, upbeat and easy way. We will have you, your team or your friends, playing in unison in no time at all.

Inhibitions will just fall away, as you become part of the drum tribe. Let go, be in the moment and create an unforgettable experience!


Welcome. You’re one step closer to finding your Rhythm.


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Here at Earthen Rhythms we live, breathe, play & love rhythm.

We hope to share experiences with you soon. If you are already involved in one of many activities, we hope you find what you a looking for in our new website. Let us know if something is missing or hard to find.

We offer a range of services, so please, look around, review rhythms, see what’s coming up with our shows and workshops, shop and find links to the West African Community in Newcastle, NSW and around the Earth.

Earthen Rhythms Overview

We love Drum, Dance & Rhythm! We provide FULLY INTERACTIVE RHYTHM EVENTS for 10 to 1000+ people. Our largest audience has been to 45,000.

Here’s a quick summary of what we do – Drum & Dance Classes, Workshops and Performances for:

For any occasion that you’d like to be upbeat and unforgettable, get in touch.

For all bookings please contact us:

(e) africandrumdance@gmail.com
(m) 0407 177 564


Benjie Williams – Founder/Senior Facilitator

His dynamic drumming is interwoven with songs and dance that brings the vibrancy of the music to life.

Benjie Williams has trained in West African Drumming, Percussion and Dance for more than 20 years. His dynamic rhythmical repertoire brings the vibrancy of music to life. He drums with great joy and high energy, conveying a mix of traditional rhythms fused with modern beats and rhythm technologies aimed to uplift and empower individuals and communities. The quest to further his education and skills in Drum Circle Facilitation (DCF) elements is what bought him the Village Music Circles (VMC) training.

He started his own drumming group in 2002 called Earthen Rhythms. Now based in Newcastle, NSW Australia, he has lead classes, workshops and performed in throughout NSW, QLD and overseas. He has worked with many corporate groups, organisations and schools, after hours care groups, universities, children’s groups, the disability sector and charities, men’s health and performed at numerous festivals and private parties on Australia’s East Coast.

John May (Hands Heart Feet) was his original guide and mentor. John introduced him to the djembe and its ability to empower people, connect individuals and as a tool of finding joy. Benjie went on to train with some of the worlds leading djembe (African drum) masters; Mamady Keita, Famadou Konate and the Bangoura brothers; Epizo, Mohamed & Sibo.

As a natural progression to building community through rhythm, Benjie travelled to Hawaii in 2013 to learn from world-renowned DCF facilitator Arthur Hull. Under Arthur’s tuition an guidance, Benjie’s skills were reinforced and added to, providing him with a powerful skill set to support, nourish and build community though DCF.

For workshops, Benjie’s teaching style reaches into the roots of West Africa and provides participants with an uplifting experience that encourages freedom of expression and fun.


Jim Chapman – Teacher/Facilitator

Jim Chapman is a percussionist, jazz guitarist, singer and composer, originally from Brisbane. He travelled and lived in Brasil and New York in the 1980’s and lived in South Africa from 1994-2000. He has played in jazz bands, big bands, experimental groups, fusion groups and café duo’s and performed in acapella groups and percussion groups since the 1990’s. He made a six-part radio documentary series for ABC radio national entitled “When the West Met the South” in 1999. He released an album called “Afro No-Clash” in 2008.

He studied African drumming with Andrew and Geoff Tracy in South Africa, Epizo Bangara, Mohammed and Sibo Bangara, Chris Berry and Elliott Orr in Australia. He has taught music at universities in South Africa, Brisbane and Newcastle since 1997 and has taught African drumming and performed traditional rhythms through those institutions for all that time and was the deputy head of school in the Conservatorium at the University of Newcastle from 2009 – 2012.

Jim loves working with groups of people to help them discover their drumming groove and to feel and understand the rhythms that they are so often attracted to. He works at every level from the community and children’s groups to schools, corporate and university classes. He teaches with patience, humour and loads of encouragement to get the most fun for everybody out of each class.

3 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi Benjie

    Was just speaking with your student Janita Klein about you. I’d love to talk to you sometime about what you do, as there could be a nice sync with my new business Creative Ingredient (current website http://www.creativeingredient.com.au is just a first phase – about to be developed further with my team of project managers and a cultural/creative talent directory. We’re all pretty passionate about community and the environment and so underpinning this in all that we do.

    I imagine you’re pretty busy with end of year performance gigs, but would love to have a chat over a cuppa when you are free. I live in Tighes Hill too (on the corner of William and Elizabeth St – same place as the acupuncture clinic, that’s my partner’s).

    Cheers
    Megan (0412 412 589)

  2. Hey Benji,
    Unfortunately the group coming on Friday night don’t think they’ll all get here in time for drumming with you.
    Not to worry, it will happen. There are a few people in the neighbourhood keen to give it a trial run too. So,when the timing is right and I have the numbers I’ll be in touch!
    Many thanks 🙏
    Tanya

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