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The Dhol Foundation

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Live Dhol Drumming - Percussionist - Sessions - Workshops
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THE DHOL FOUNDATION Biography & Discography In Short Established in 1990 The Dhol Foundation began as a weekly workshop teaching the art of playing the North Indian Dhol Drum to students in the UK later opening classes worldwide. In 1996, Johnny Kalsi introduced Dhol to the GCSE curriculum and composed structured exams and answers for schools. Along their career, they have produced for many Bhangra artists but it was when Kalsi broke out to the World Music Scene when The Dhol Foundation began to appear at major festivals and on more movie soundtracks. In 2001 Johnny Kalsi produced and released their debut album “Big Drum Small World”. A track from the album titled “Drummers Reel” made the Hollywood Award Winning Scorsese film “Gangs of New York”. In 2003, Johnny Kalsi composed a piece of music for the Hollywood film The Incredible Hulk and Sea Monsters. The second album “Drum-Believable” was released in 2004, with The Dhol Foundation reaching new heights. In 2005, The Dhol Foundation Collaborated with Natasha And Daniel Bedingfield at the Brit Awards 25th Anniversary. “Drums & Roses” was released in 2007 and “Drum-Struck” in 2010 has proven to be huge crowd pleasers at Festivals. End of 2011 TDF Opened the Royal Variety Performance alongside Stomp & the Japanese Drumming outfit Kodo & also performed for Live Earth at Wembley Stadium. In 2012 David Arnold asked Johnny Kalsi & The Dhol Foundation to perform for the Olympic Closing Ceremony in a stand alone performance. Shortly after Johnny Kalsi took his band to Singapore where they took part in performances at the Singapore Grand Prix along with Sir Tom Jones, Rhianna and Justin Bieber. Mid Year 2012 they were on Channel 4 for Stand up to Cancer with Alan Carr & Davina McCall & helped raise over £8 Million. In July 2013 Johnny Kalsi & The Dhol Foundation performed over 3 nights at HRH Queen’s Coronation Gala Celebration at Buckingham Palace. Their latest album ‘Basant’ was released in 2018. “Basant” meaning Spring is the best production to date. Full of more exciting collaborations and many featured artists from around the Globe. Releases Movies & TV Music: Gangs of New York The Incredible Hulk Tomorrow Never Dies Rabbit Proof Fence Last Temptation of Christ Stigmata CSI Series 3 iMax Movie Sea Monsters Discovery - Jesus in the Himalayas N.Geographic - Extreme Water Sports Collaborations: Afro Celt Sound System The Imagined Village Trans-Global underground Peter Gabriel Avril Lavigne Nelly Fertardo Tom Jones David Arnold Sinead O’Conner Mairead Nesbitt (Lord of the Dance) Ravi Shanker Kaiser Chiefs Kula Shaker Natasha/Daniel Beddingfield Martin Carthy Eliza Carthy Chris Wood Billy Bragg Adnan Sami A.R Ramhan Salim & Sulaiman Merchant Abhishek /Amitabh Bachchan Angelique Kidjo KS Bhamrah Robert Plant Steve Knightly BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Peter C
5 years ago, for a Concert in Wickham
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The Dhol Foundation Whilst some acts transfer well to TV / on-line viewing, others you can only truely appreciate live when your body shakes … we’re welcoming back The Dhol Foundation after they made such a huge impression to our 2015 and 2017 audiences. They’ve proved a real Wickham favourite so it’s another bhangra bonanza on Thursday 2nd August 2018. These guys know how to put on a stunning show … Wickham, you want vibrant enery? They’re back!!! We’re not sure any other festival could claim to have a bhangra based house band. On our opening night we’ll be welcoming some unique Indian culture to get us jumping on our feet something a little out of the ordinary but a real treat as master Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi brings his band to Wickham. Best known for their rousing performance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the Dhol Foundation have travelled the globe promoting the unique and indigenous sound of the Dhol drum to the masses. It is a sight and sound to behold so don’t miss it.

7 years ago

The Mighty Dhol Foundation bring a Wall of Drums, Live and Arms Whirling with Big Dancable Beats

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The Dhol Foundation's Song list

Live Jam
Peace & Love
Gra Gan Chrioch
Jindh Mahi
Big Drum Small World
Favella Dog Funk
After The Rain
Kaun Nee Jaandah
Again Again
Introducing TDF
Ewa Kalo Djaye
Etrans Duniya
Drummers Reel
Aaja Nach Lai
Seven Heven
Eik Din
Desi Peeni
Healing with Turmeric
Naa Karde
Buliyan Nu
Spanish Flame
Dhol Dark & Handsome
Eik Din II
Bad Boys TDF
Favela Dog Funk
TDF meets DCS

The Dhol Foundation's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£3500
Up to 2 hours£4000
Up to 3 hours£6000


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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We have 4 different line ups. 1. Drummers only 2. Dhol Drummers with DJ 3. Full Band (small) 4. Full Band (Large)

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We are flexible to a certain degree. Provided another booking is not pending after yours.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes - please stipulate duration/s and genre of tracks before the booking so we are able to ge this together.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually 1 hour with the DJ set up if we are using our own PA system (smaller events) The Band is much longer due to sound checks

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes we can roam and perform Escorted Entrances are a speciality which is perfect for a Drumming Fanfare or announcement.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes of course you can - Please send a list of tracks before the booking date and not on the day.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

No - The PA systems for the larger shows have to be pre hired from a professional client.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes we can learn song requests as a special one-off addition - This may be an extra charge
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