Joliba West African Drum and Dance School

Educational workshops, performance and development

 David Woolley

David Woolley studied West African Djembe and Djuns under the guidance of Drum/Dance master Almami Kamara aka Maitre Samsou during his time in the Gambia. He also played with members of Allah Tantoo, Follocoh, Canella and African Ballet. During his visit, Almami Kamara’s newest group Joliba were rehearsing to perform during the new tourist season. David spent some 3 months rehearsing and forming strong links with the Artists of Guinea Conakry.


David has been returning to West Africa on a regular basis since 1999, as a student and as an Aid for a small charity.

David is based in Stoke on Trent and delivers professional workshops throughout Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Shropshire, West Midlands and surrounding areas.

Maitre Samsou

Maitre Samsou

Maitre Samsou is a former member of the Guinea Conakry National African Ballet, his depth of understanding of both drumming and dance is unparalleled in the UK, he works alongside David to deliver Drumming, Dance and Music workshops and also live performances.




“Blind Veterans UK were lucky enough to host Joliba Drum and Dance in July 2014. All of the Veterans got really involved in the singing and drumming and were really enthralled by the history and culture of the African Drums and Music. We will definitely be inviting David and his team back for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Thank you from all of us at Blind Veterans, LLandudno”

Paula Sartain
Sports and Recreation Instructor
Blind Veterans UK, Queens Road, Llandudno, LL30 1VE