Super Special Sanchez Ticket Offer – 100 Tickets only £25!

On Fri 17 Oct, international heartthrob Sanchez, stunning special headliner Etana, and singer-songwriter Aysha Loren light up Birmingham’s New Bingley Hall for a smash hit ensemble of Reggae and Lovers Rock. We want everyone to join us for this brilliant night, after listening to our valued customers, we’re sending them a Big Drum Birthday Thank You, so tickets are now priced £30 in advance and £35 on the door, with 100 being sold at £25 each!

To grab one of the Super Special 100 tickets priced £25 each,  call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444 or online at http://www.the-drum.org.uk/single-event/?id=SRS. These will be sold on a first come, first served basis and only via The Drum, so you better hurry, they won’t last long.

Any customer who has already bought their tickets for £35 can call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, and get a £5 refund.

Afrovibes 2014 is Nearly Here! Mon 20 – Sat 26 Oct @ The Drum & mac Birmingham

There’s not long to go now until this year’s incredible South African arts festival Afrovibes comes to the UK and here at The Drum we can’t wait! We’ve been working closely with our good friends at mac Birmingham to bring you some of the very best events and we hope you’ll join us in making this year’s festival even greater than the last.

To give you a sneak peak of what’s in store, click the video below, and prepare to be amazed…

Here’s what you can look forward to across the week, so make sure you keep these dates in your diary!

Freedom or Death: Photographic Exhibition – Dr Vanley Burke
On until Fri 7 Nov

An unprecedented photographic exhibition charting the final days of the apartheid era in South Africa as experienced by its’ people, captured by preeminent documentary photographer Dr Vanley Burke.

Mandela 27
Mon 13 – Sat 25 Oct
The Drum Café

Step into a recreation of Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell and learn the history of his and South Africa’s fight for freedom.

Punk in Africa
Tue 21 Oct, 7pm

Three chords, three countries, one revolution… Punk in Africa is the story of the multiracial punk movement within South Africa, and the inspirational rebellious spirit of the genre.

An Evening with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and Tracie Morris
Wed 22 Oct, 7:30pm

An evening of conversation and performance from two leading international figures, the acclaimed Jamaican poet and dub artist Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and the acclaimed US poet and voice artist Tracie Morris.

Biko’s Quest
Thu 23 Oct, 7:30pm

The legacy of the inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner inspire this powerful production, taking the audience on a poignant and emotional journey through danced storytelling. “It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die” – Steve Biko

Fri 24 Oct, 7:30pm

Mamela (‘to Listen’) follows a group of remarkable young women from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, capturing the opinions, experiences and aspirations of the ’born-free‘ generation in a fusion of European and African theatre. Book your tickets, and get a special concessionary price on tickets for Township Comets.

Township Comets
Fri 24 Oct, 9pm

Enjoy a joyful mix of South African Township Jazz inspired by South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana. With infections rhythms and an anarchic style, you won’t be able to sit still! Concession prices apply for anyone who has been to see Mamela

Sat 25 Oct, 7:30pm

Thabo Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1999, and the highs, and lows, of his political struggles are explored in Rhetorical through the eyes of those he influenced most.

Township Café
Every day during the festival 

Relax in our specially created Township Café and enjoy unique art, drama, music and spoken word events happening throughout the day during the festival.

Afrovibes at mac birmingham

The Soil
Mon 20 Oct, 8pm

Soweto’s award-winning, platinum-selling beatbox a cappella group combine an eclectic mix of township jazz, Hip-Hop and Afro-pop. The Sid Peacock Youth Ensemble (mac Associate Artist funded by Arts Council England) will also perform as part of the opening night event.

Tue 21 Oct, 8pm

In January 2008, in Skierlik, west of Pretoria, seventeen year-old Johan Nel went on a racially motivated shooting spree killing four people and wounding eight. The massacre had tragic effects on those left behind. Skierlik, a solo show written and performed by award-winning playwright Phillip M Dikotla, is the story of one man returning to the scene of the carnage.

Rainbow Scars
Wed 22 & Thu 23 Oct, 8pm
Written by Mike Van Graan, Rainbow Scars follows Lindiwe, a black teenager adopted by white parents, confronting her racial identity in the new Rainbow Nation, the term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa.

Double Bill: Mana and Dark Cell
Fri 24 Oct, 8pm
Double Bill: Uncles & Angels and Dark Cell
Sat 25 Oct, 8pm

In Mana, South African choreographer Vincent Mantsoe evokes the spirit of African dance and Shaman traditions. The award-winning Dark Cell draws inspiration from prisoners of Robben Island, using a prison cell as metaphor for mental imprisonment. Uncles & Angels uses breath-taking interactive dance and video to explore South Africa’s traditional Reed Dance.

Visit Afrovibes UK to view the full nationwide season of events. Find out more on facebook at Afrovibes as well as Twitter @AfrovibesUK with #afrovibes too.

The Strong One Rises Again – Etana returns to Birmingham, Fri 17 Oct

With her sensational vocal talents and undeniable charm, Etana is one of the most distinctive Reggae artists currently performing. Known to her fans as The Strong One, she is an utterly accomplished performer whose meteoric rise to stardom over the last decade has been a true story of just what unbridled talent can achieve when matched by passion and hard work. Her fourth studio album, I Rise, will be released on Tue 28 Oct, and comes hot on the tail of a solid string of hits over the last few years.

Like many greats, Etana’s talent started to shine very early. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and growing up in the eastern Saint Andrew community of August Town, she started her musical career singing along to hits on the radio. Emigrating to America in 1992 she was soon snatched up as part of larger all-female groups, but quickly began to strike out on her own, returning to Kingston to find her own voice.

After touring internationally as a vocalist for Richie Spice, her first single, Wrong Address, became an instant hit with its fusion of acoustic folk, roots reggae rhythms neo-soul vibes. Her 2008 debut album The Strong One took her around the globe as a headline act at major reggae festivals worldwide, and was nominated for a MOBO Award for Best Reggae.

Now she heads to Birmingham’s New Bingley Hall for one amazing night as special headliner alongside superstar heartthrob Sanchez as a true champion of Reggae. You won’t want to miss a moment of her enthralling performance, so make sure you’ve got your tickets – they won’t last long!

Just click here to book your tickets for Etana and   Sanchez on Fri 17 Oct, or call our Box Office on 0121 333 2444. Want to pick yours up in person? Pop into any of the stores below across the Midlands – just tell them The Drum sent you!

Please note this event will be taking place at:

The New Bingley Hall
1 Hockley Circus
B18 5PP

Ticketing Outlets
Please note booking fees apply on all tickets except ticket purchased from The Drum Online


Bingley Hall: 0121 666 7610
Summit Records: 0121 455 8844
Hatman: 0121 643 2047

Markies Barbers: 0796 027 8059

Rockaboom: 0116 2538 293

Ultimate Barbers: 0115 970 3033

To hear the great new track Trigger from Etana’s new album, click here

Afrovibes Global Choir – Can you sing? If so… join us!

To mark the opening of Afrovibes 2014 the words of Nelson Mandela have been set to music in a specially commissioned traditional English choral piece, to be sung by a virtual choir. To take part in this worldwide event, you are invited to upload a recording of your voice and join us as Afrovibes marks the 20th Anniversary of democracy in South Africa.

The finished performance, entitled No Easy Road to Freedom, will be very much a tribute to the South African freedom struggle and its video will launch the Afrovibes festival in October.

Click here to download all you need to join in this exciting project – and please tell your friends: we hope that they will want to join in as well.

No Easy Road to Freedom has been created for Afrovibes by MD Tim Cumper and the team at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, Berkshire, as their special contribution to this year’s festival. People from all over the country, and the world, are being invited to share their voices in this global commission.

The deadline for your finished recording to be submitted is 11pm on Fri 12 Sep, to give the technical team time to create the final mix.

To view a virtual choir performance, please click here. We hope you’ll enjoy taking part in ours.

Check out all the events that are taking place at The Drum as part of Afrovibes 2014