Katuka Beats began as a one-off African drumming workshop in Edenbridge for the local community. It grew to encompass Rusthall in Tunbridge Wells and more recently Hadlow in Tunbridge. All members learn the same material with the opportunity to perform together at local events.
Katuka Beats is led by Cheryl Hooker-Blake, a community musician based in Tunbridge Wells.
Alongside teaching in schools, Cheryl is passionate about providing every group of society with opportunities to learn and play music together. As a percussionist, Cheryl has learnt djembe with a variety of Ghanaian and Guinean musicians - teaching everyone from primary school age children to older adults. She is always exploring rhythms from different cultures and it is not uncommon to find a Brazilian rhythm or funky hip hop pattern being taught alongside traditional West African rhythms!
Events we have performed at
- Eden Eco Fair, Edenbridge
- D'Vine Church, Sevenoaks - annually to support the D'Vine Singers.
- Rusthall Community Arts Festival, Tunbridge Wells
- Pig's Ear Folk & Ale Festival, Markbeech