Cyndi and the Drums

Cyndi and the Drums straddle spirit worlds with Yoruban beats, Celtic-guitars, and afro-chant fused on Drum'n'Bass, reggae and spoken word, in a truly eclectic fusion.

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Drums In Cambodia

"Drums in Cambodia" was the founding of a drumming & music therapy school in 2013, for the kids at Cambodian Children's Trust (CCT). All theses kids are survivors of human trafficking, who benefitted from the kind generosity of everyone who donated to fund the project. The total amount donated in the 6 week Pozible Crowd Funding Campaign was $6000, all of which was invested in drums and logistics. The kids, teachers and staff at CCT all participated in a school concert at the end of the drumming course taught by Cyndi Tan, which can be seen on ..

Body Drum and Chant – Festival or Event Workshop

You began your journey as a natural drum when your mother’s heart beat hit your body in the womb, causing you to vibrate in rhythm. Her heart-time connected your senses, from your soul, through every cell of your body past your ears to your skin.

“Body-Drum and Chant” opens another road on your journey, to explore your birth-right as a natural-drummer. Starting with “clapping, slapping, clicking and stomping”, then adding “call and response” chants from Africa, Cuba and the Pacific, you are promised an Earth-Tribe connection that will transport you, if you let it!

Suitable for beginners to advanced, you can choose your level as you go, push your co-ordination, or simply allow it all just to happen!

45 - 120 mins in duration

Manifestations

When is the next album coming out?

Since self-producing her debut album release “Cyndi and the Drums”, followed by the Drums in Cambodia project, Cyndi has written all new material, and is now manifesting her new band,…

Freedom Beats 2, @ 505 the Venue

Cyndi and the Drums return to 505 this April with the introduction of digi-electronic-drums triggered live by Vincent Sebastian (Afro-Experiments, Watussi), and Cuban folkloric bata drums played by Dominic Kirk,…

FREEDOM BEATS @ 505, The Venue

Cyndi and the Drums, (the new line up) recently played their first live gig at MOGO BUSH Beats, on the Matilda Truck Stage in the middle of the bush near…

New Line-up and direction 2016

In 2014 “Cyndi and the Drums” released their debut album, and donated 100% profit to fund “Drums in Cambodia”. This was a music therapy program based at Cambodian Childrens Trust,…

Drums in Cambodia – School Concert

The wall of gratefulness I experienced in the final concert the kids gave at CCT flushed every cell of my body, every genealogical memory, every negative emotion from who I…

A DRUM 4 Every CHILD

July 26, 2014 Sourcing the Drums An important lesson I remember learning from my first music teacher was that I had to practise, and in order to practise, I needed…

Class Schedule @ CCT

This is the revised teaching schedule based around the School holiday program Please see the post on “A DRUM 4 every CHILD” for the evolution from PLAN A to B on…

Give Twice for the Price of ONE!

Wear something that truly makes you feel beautiful inside and out! Or give twice for the price of one! Sounds like a pretty economical way to start buying Christmas presents!?…

Drums in Cambodia – Launch October 20th 2013

Sufi Proverb … “If the body has lost it’s rhythm, something goes wrong with the mind; if the mind has lost it’s rhythm, the body goes wrong; if the heart…

7 Years, 4 Re-writes, 3 Band Names, 2 Producers = 1 Album

Cyndi and the Drums has been a long time coming, one of my life’s dreams has always been to create original music, play drums and sing the words from my…

Cyndia Luz – Biography

Cyndia Luz has spear-headed the feminine as a drummer for over 25 years, playing in bands, sound systems, physical theatre, dance companies, drum-lines, teaching and team-building. Her performance highlights include playing with the ‘Legendary Roots Crew’, and ‘Drums in Cambodia’, teaching drums to kids who survived human trafficking. ...Rich with multi-ethnicity, Australia in the early 90’s provided a palate of world music from which Cyndi was inspired and educated through her novice years. When asked to dance for “Sambole African Dance Troupe” she replied, “I want to drum for your dance classes, rehearsals, anything… Just let me play!” From this start, she was recruited into her first band, Bad Girls Batucada (Samba Percussion and Vocal Ensemble). In ‘94, Cyndi joined Acid-Jazz line up, “Sons of Invention” (Produced by Pete Hemsley from Ute). She began building her name, and sessioned in hip-hop, funk, African, and Latin bands, whilst expanding into playing for physical theatre, circus, and dance ensembles. Whilst on tour at Adelaide Fringe Festival in 1997, Cyndi met Eguie Castrillo who was on tour with Arturo Sandoval. Exposure to this level of Latin-jazz, and Eguie’s musicianship on percussion was a turning point in her playing. Eguie gave Cyn her first lesson in Cuban technique, and advised her to study percussion at Berklee. The following year, Cyndi commenced studies in a Bachelor of Music Composition at Southern Cross University. Australia would only offer classical percussion studies, which led Cyndi to explore her passion for song-writing and studio production. To make money as a student, Cyn busked on the street, and taught African Drum / Dance Classes. She also tapped into the unlimited resource of students who wanted to experience something new, and started the World Music Choir (Singing, chanting and body percussion from folkloric Indigenous Cultures). After her studies, Cyndi developed “World Music Choir”, and taught through Community College, Primary and Secondary Schools. She toured as a solo vocalist/ percussionist, taught choir and led community performances at festivals. Her work as a teacher opened the door for a further 6 years of professional experience as facilitator for corporate team building, with master African drummers and dancers of events up to 1100 pax. In 2005 Cyndi travelled outside Australia for the first time to go to Carnivale in Bahia, Brazil. She played for local salsa bands and dance classes at the Pellourinho School of Dance. She studied on the street, with teachers from small kids to old men, shop owners to musicians from her favorite bands. From Brazil she travelled to Cuba, where she studied with Pellito El Afrokan. When Cyndi retuned to Australia, she played for 3 years with Afro-Latin Jazz outfit “Matanza”, where she was able to expand her passion for playing everything she’d learned on her travels. Concurrently, she began a 5-year journey playing with Latin Sound System, LaFiesta. Twelve years had passed since Cyndi had met Eguie Castrillo, who had stayed in contact with Cyndi as a friend and mentor. She attended Berklee Summer School in 2009 to study with Eguie, and then went on to study with Papillon Alvarez in New York. The highlight of her time in New York was the opportunity to play with the “Legendary Roots Crew”, and exposure to the music scene in the city that never sleeps. Cyndi returned in Australia in 2011 to focus on recording her first album, “Cyndi and the Drums”, which she sold to raise money for “Drums in Cambodia”. In 2014 Cyndi travelled to Battambang, Cambodia to start a Drumming School and Music Therapy Program for orphans and slum kids. After "Drums in Cambodia", Cyndi went back into her writing bubble, to channel all of the inspiration and emotion unleashed during her time teaching the kids at CCT. She re-formulated her sound, moving away from the synthesised electro-pop of her first album, to return to her roots. Drawing from her true passion - afro-latin percussion, Cyndi put together a new band with all new songs, more drums, more percussion, bass and guitar. She returned to Cuba in 2017 to study Cuban Folkloric bata drums and rumba with masters in La Habana, including Lucumi, Maximino and Yasniel Alfonso Abreu. Cyndi is passionately dedicated to the ongoing commitment of fund-raising for the drumming school, and continues to perform solo shows to sing and talk about human trafficking, creating success platforms in developing countries, and breaking the cycle of poverty. Cyndi has recently returned from a year of percussion study in Cuba, with a plan to record her second album.