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“who knows what the future will bring?”

West African drum & dance collaboration

Saturday 24th June 6.30pm
Penola College Performing Arts Centre – 29 Gibson St, Broadmeadows



Please note, pre-sale (discounted) tickets will be unavailable after Friday evening. After that, you can buy tickets on the door for the regular price.


Adult $20 pre-pay/ $25 on door
Kids under 12 free
Student performers $15
Family $55 pre-pay/ $65 on door (2 adults & 2 kids aged 12-18)

Melbourne Djembe is collaborating with some very talented Ghanaian artists to create a new performance in a beautiful theatre space. Our performance troupe Wassawumba has been training with West African acrobats, drummers, dancers, and musicians who share a passion for West African culture and a positive vision for the future.

We want to celebrate our unity.

The show is based around the concept of namo-alé, which means ‘who knows what the future will hold?’ in the language of the Ga people. It embraces the theme of change and the possibility of good things to come.


If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.


6.30pm Student performance
7.30pm hot African cuisine and drinks available in the foyer
8.00pm Namo-Alé

Featured Artists


Simon Lewis


Drummers and dancers posing for a photo at Beechworth festival
Mitzi smiling for the camera


Wassawumba is a performance group of experienced drummers and dancers who have all been to West Africa to learn from the masters. The group is led by Simon Lewis and Mitzi McRae, two of Australia’s most talented exponents of West African dance and percussion, and has existed for 10 years. Wassawumba has performed at Federation Square for New Years Eve, as part of the White Night Festival, and for various local and rural festivals throughout Victoria. We are very excited to be performing with an ensemble of talented Ghanaian artists.