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About Nikki - Tribal Vibes

About Tribal Vibes and Benefits of Drumming

I previously worked for 15 years in a variety of roles supporting children young people and families, including Youth Services, Substance Misuse Services (Under 18's) and Education Welfare Services. I have always had a love for live music and music making, and I started learning to play Djembe for my own enjoyment with groups and individuals in the Nottingham and Leicestershire areas.

Recognising the positive impact drumming had on my own wellbeing, and understanding how drumming can bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and enable social inclusion whilst also producing positive outcomes in a wide range of areas linked to health & wellbeing, I created Tribal Vibes in September 2008 through combining my passion for music and rhythm with my knowledge skills and experience in community work.

After several years of developing Tribal Vibes whilst still in full time employment, I made the decision in 2013 to leave my job and commit fully to the development of Tribal Vibes. The knowledge skills and experience I have gained through community work with individuals, families and groups have helped to develop my style and format for leading, facilitating and engaging participants, and underpins the overall ethos of Tribal Vibes.



Ethos of Tribal Vibes:

  • Encouraging participation
  • Learning whilst having fun
  • Positive engagement
  • Empowerment
  • Bringing individuals and communities together
  • Create a welcoming and positive environment


I frequently get asked, what is the difference between a drum workshop and a drum circle?
(These are my own interpretations, there are many different ways to lead, teach and facilitate workshops and circles)

A Tribal Vibes drum workshop has a format and content that is planned around informal learning (appropriate to the requirements and needs of the group) and also includes an opportunity to be creative through freestyle.

A Tribal Vibes drum circle is more organic with freestyle/jamming, is more flexible, and can also evolve through facilitation.
I recently attended the UK Playshop 3 day facilitators training program, and will sometimes incorporate the techniques used within Village Music Circle facilitation into a drum circle.


Both formats work well, what works best for a group or event will depend on several factors which will be discussed upon enquiry. I will endeavour to be flexible around requirements and tailor make sessions to meet a groupís needs.

I aim to provide sessions that are accessible to all who wish to participate, whilst reducing barriers - which can be key to engagement.

A barrier to inclusion may be, for example, financial constraints for the individual or family, or the project, group or service. I keep my charges, where they are direct to the participant, as low as possible to make it affordable and accessible for the individual or family. Where the cost is met directly by a project, service or event (so that members/service users/public can participate for free) I understand that budgets can be tight and I strive to keep my costs at a fair and reasonable rate.

Another common barrier is when people believe (or say) that they cannot participate because they have 'no sense of rhythm' however, a positive approach can enable and motivate most people to have a go and discover that they are able to achieve the basics in a very short amount of time.

People are amazed at what they are actually able to achieve! Drumming is a fantastic bonding activity that can unite generations, families, friends and strangers of all ages and all social and cultural backgrounds together. Please do come and join in!




Copyright - Nicola Fenwick 2008 | nikki@tribalvibes.net

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