About Us

Niall Delahan

Founding member of Wassa Wassa Workshops.

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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.

Tshibo Prince

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Professional Dancer Tshibo Prince was born in the African country of Zaire which is now known as the Congo. Hailing from a musical family Tshibo started to study dance at the age of 9 under the instruction of his mother. His unique singing voice was discovered when he was aged 14 and it was then that he began to study guitar to accompany his singing talents.

Tshibo was then invited to Angola to take up a place in Karawa Musika-a well known Angolan Collective (Click here to see) & Tshibo performed as a dancer, guitarist & singer with the group. After completing a tour of South Africa with Karawa in 2005 Tshibo moved to Ireland to further his solo career.

Tshibo joined the team at Wassa Wassa Workshops in early 2013 and has delivered dance & song workshops to numerous schools across Ireland to great success. We are truly delighted to welcome Tshibo to the team and to be able to offer schools such an authentic and culturally aware dance programme.



Aileen Balfe

Visual Art Facilitator

http://www.aileenbalfe.ie/

Aileen is a multidisciplinary artist.  Her work is an eclectic mix of art, design, photography, and textiles. She has worked as an arts facilitator at several community organisations and schools. She has a degree in Interior and Furniture Design and most recently she graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a postgraduate diploma in Community Arts Education. Aileen spent several years abroad in Japan on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme and in Indonesia after being awarded the Darmasiswa scholarship to study Indonesian textiles in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  Aileen’s experiences in teaching, travelling, and within other cultures imbued her interest in collaborative art practice and ignites a similar passion for exploration and creativity in her students.


Wassa Wassa Workshops, Celbridge, Co. Kildare 01 6275795/087 6938016

wassawassaworkshops@gmail.com/ www.wassawassaworkshops.ie