Djulz Jade Chambers
Djulz has been playing West African percussion since 2000, but her true initiation into its art and inseparable cultural traditions began in 2006, when she undertook a journey to the central West African nations of Burkina Faso and Mali. Over three years, she studied with griot artists through the Sahel and Sub-Saharan regions and was the recipient of traditional knowledge that is the foundation for her playing and teachings today.
From this genesis, Djulz’s passion has led her to collaborate in recording and performance projects with musicians including Paul Isaac (Hawaii), Woven Talon (New Mexico), Chris Berry (New Mexico), Sparrow (Australia), Ganga Giri (Australia) and Adam Rankin (Australia). She has also had the privilege of teaching traditional West African drumming throughout Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the Northern United States.
Soul Circles Drumming workshops are focused on facilitating an environment where people can explore their unique rhythm and creativity within the primordial essence of the ensemble music that was taught to Djulz from her teachers throughout West Africa, particularly Adama Koita (Group Burkina Azza, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) and Matché Traore (Bamako, Mali). She continues to develop within this tradition under the guidance of traditional custodians Mady Keita (Bamako, Mali and Melbourne, Australia) and Bassidi Koné (Bamako, Mali and Melbourne, Australia).