Ben Bowtell experienced his first community drumming performance at the age of 9 in Sydney. At 18, Ben lead Australia's largest community group, 'Wasamba!!' to Sicily, Croatia and the 'Edinburgh Fringe Festival'. 'Wasamba' has toured to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Broome and most recently New Zealand. Having studied a variety of instruments, Ben's brother was his most influential teacher in percussion and they continue to collaborate as they lead the two troops of 'Wasamba'. Ben has lead a huge variety of workshops for all ages (4 to 84) and abilities. His simple philosophy is 'inclusion'. Everyone can drum and everyone should be part of a community. Drum circles not only share the joy of music, but the embracement of collaboration.
WASAMBA!! What do you get when you combine 'LOUD Rio-Style percussion', a panoply of rainbow-hued circus samba costumes and the collective joy of many impassioned community members? The performance phenomenon that is Wasamba!!
'Wasamba' is a community driven drumming group based in the port city of Fremantle, Western Australia that began early in 2003. In 2015, 'Wasamba' expanded our show by starting our secondary group in Broome. It is a favourite of West Australian event organisers because of its unique melange of drumming, dancing, theatre, circus and 'portable party'.