Juma Drums started in 2013 as a collaboration between the two musicians Dingiswayo Juma and Charlotte van der Post to make African music education and playing accessible to individuals and groups. Since 2018 they have continued Juma Drums in Belgium as the organisation Juma Music Projects vzw with activities such as music lessons, group workshops and sales and repair services of African instruments.
Workshop facilitator, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and administrator. Charlotte plays the djembé, doundoun (bass drum), kalimba, piano, guitar, timpani and percussion. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA majoring in anthropology and music on classical piano, African music & instruments and ethnomusicology.
She performs with the duo act Afrojit and has appeared on international stages with various ensembles, orchestras and bands, including the Ibuyambo Orchestra, SambAfrik, National Film Orchestra, Choir Amuse Vocale and the Goois Youth Orchestra. She is also a piano accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists.
Workshop facilitator, performing musician and multi-instrumentalist. Dingiswayo gives music lessons with the djembé, kalimba, mbira, body percussion and dance to individuals and groups. He builds the instruments mbira dza vadzimu and kalimba, and repairs the djembé, ngoma and various other drums. He grew up in a musical family, and learned music from a young age playing with his family members and wider community.
Dingiswayo has more than 15 years experience in leading and facilitating workshops. He has performed and taught at stages, schools and educational centers around the world in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, China, Thailand, France, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Germany. He has worked with various ensembles such as the Drum Café, Naturali Catchi, Drumming SA and Beat It. With the mbira band Simbarembira, the family band Ambuya Nyati, duo act Afrojit and as a solo act he performs at international festivals and stages.