Founding member of Wassa Wassa Workshops.
Niall’s passion for African culture and music inspired him to found Wassa Wassa Workshops over eight years ago. Through Wassa Wassa he has been delighted to work in an extensive range of community and educational settings, delivering workshops and performing during this time, and he continues to expand his repertoire of musical outlets by incorporating digital technology with percussion instruments to create increasingly layered and exciting performances.
Niall Delahan was raised in Celbridge and started his music career at the age of eight studying traditional Irish Music through the piano accordion. By the time he was eleven he could read and write music score, reached grade five and was highly placed in any competition he entered. He started playing drum kit at the age of sixteen and at seventeen started as a music producer.
Discovering the djembe and the percussion music of West Africa at the age of 19 Niall soon decided that if he was going to focus on one kind of music, this was the one for him! He joined the group W.A.P. (West African Percussion), who were doing drumming shows around Dublin, playing a regular slot with Ronan O’Snodaigh of Kila on Saturday nights at The Gaiety Theatre.
Niall became engrossed with West African Music and Culture when he first visited Ghana in 2002. Since then he has studied Percussion in many different countries in the region including Guinea, Gambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. He has played with world renowned artists such as Famoudou Konate, Siaka Deni Keita, Baboura Bangora, Amara Kante, Abdoulaye Camara and Casoum Dembele.
Niall returned from an extended study period in Burkina Faso in the summer of 2008 and decided to form Wassa Wassa Workshops and Wassa Wassa Drum & Dance Collective (featuring percussion, song and contemporary & traditional dance from West Africa). Wassa Wassa has grown from strength to strength and Niall also delivers drum and dance workshops t0 schools, festivals and community organisations around Ireland.
With over 15 years experience teaching & playing drums Niall offers a wealth of experience, knowledge & love of the music to all the groups that he facilitates.
Wassa Wassa Workshops, Celbridge, Co. Kildare 01 6275795/087 6938016