Afridonia Pipes and Djembi

Highland Piper and African Djembi player
Afridonia with Wedding Group

Afridonia is Neil MacLure on Scottish bagpipes and Sami Okoo, King of Rhythm on Djembi.
Neil and Sami first played together for a charity event during the 2010 Edinburgh Festival and have played together ever since. The fusion of Bagpipes and Djembi produces an unusually rich sound with a variety of tones and colours from the Djembi.

Neil comes from the Highlands and grew up in a family where participation in Scottish culture was greatly encouraged. He discovered his passion for bagpipes when he was just 8 years old and has played ever since.
Sami , the King of Rhythm is from Nigeria where he learned his art. He says "I don't just play the Djembi, I live and breathe it. Imagine Braveheart meets Zulu and you're close to our musical collusion of cultures."

Traditional Scottish Bagpipes with African drumming rhythms and a few war cries mixed in will blow you away.

To book Afridonia please contact Neil.


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‘My husband and I stumbled upon Neil and Sami playing in Glasgow city centre one weekend and we immediately thought about asking if they could play at our wedding. I am Malawian and my husband is Scottish, so it seemed perfect to have the blend of the djembe drums and bagpipe as part of our day. When I contacted Neil, he was very friendly and professional and he helped us decide on the music and it was overall very easy to organise. So many guests commented on the unique atmosphere on arrival with the bagpipes and djembe together. Neil also played as I walked down the aisle and it made that special moment of the day perfect. I would highly recommend booking Neil and Sami for your wedding or other special occasion’. Juliet and Kevin

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