High Energy Drum & Dance Troupe

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 nearly 10 years.

Wassawumba presents a brilliantly choreographed show of traditional dance, drum and song complete with vibrant costumes and a big sound. Performances are generally between 20-40minutes and include crowd interaction (clapping rhythms, dance solos, songs/chants). Our musicians will often play at the end of the show for an all-in dance jam. Wassawumba ladies are experts in getting everyone up and dancing!

We are available for

  • community and corporate events,
  • festivals
  • private functions

Wassawumba (140414)-61-1


Simon Lewis
Nick AdamsDavid Margerison
Juli Black
Sarah Fraser
Azain Raban


Mitzi McRae
Evelyn Tadros
Kristine Bantegui
Tamsen Franklin
Katia Buriani
Marnie Buckwell
Meagan Otu
Carmela Condello
Lou Wang
Jill Button

Drummers and dancers posing for a photo at Beechworth festivalDancers from Wassawumba in street with bright costumesWassawumba with Mohamed Bangoura 'Bangourake'Wassawumba_DWV7338IMG_8869Three women in African costumes playiong dunduns (African stick drums) with djembe players behindDancers in costume playing dunduns (African stick drums)_DSC3174Firefly at White Night Festival 2017