One Tribe…One Heartbeat…One Sound

One Tribe is a gathering of sounds and rhythms, energy and togetherness. What started off as a side project from local Raleigh gatherings has now taken shape into a journey of musical exploration. Creating not only traditional rhythms, but extending out into multi-cultural and original landscapes.

one tribe percussion ensemble with West African instruments including djembe dununs balafon shekerre krin talking drum

Multiple people, multiple instruments……One Purpose…..Unity.

“You all really rocked it last night. One Tribe has taken it up several notches and still climbing. People that never heard you before were coming up and asking how did we find you and when can we get you back.”

Kevin Wilson
Profound Sound Festival
Saint Anne’s Chapel & Retreat Center/Oak Grove Retreat

“THANK YOU for playing at my family reunion. Your performance was very upbeat and entertaining. Everybody was still talking about it on Monday! I hope I will be able to see you all perform again. I will definitely keep you all on my list of great performances!!”

Kim F

“The drum circle’s session was outstanding. One only needed to see the smiles and concentration of all who attended from those 96 years old to those younger. The leaders were able to make the workshop accessible to all and kept us all engaged throughout.”

Senior Living Community

“Our homeschool group had an amazing time learning about West African culture and drumming with One Tribe! We have kids of all ages and they were very much engaged in learning African dances and drum rhythms. Everyone had a great time and they were one of our favorite programs of the year!”

Homeschool Explorers

“It was such a pleasure to work with you and you really were the heart and soul of the party.”

Rabbi Zalman
Chabad of Durham/Chapel Hill

“You make the Final Friday’s rock in downtown Cary. I appreciate your efforts to build community through performance and talents of local area entertainers. I know your performances are a Cary Art Loop signature event. Thank you!”

Denise Dickens
Public Art Supervisor & Curator of Exhibitions|Collection
TOWN Of CARY – Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

“Y’all gave an awesome performance! Everyone loved it! It really made my 50th birthday luau so enjoyable. We loved it so much, we would like to have y’all back.”


Thank you for performing at the Arbor Day Festival. You helped make it a community event. People danced, hooped and shared in the rhythm you created. We will be in touch for next year!

Thank you so much!

With Gratitude,
Maggie Bailey
Executive Director
We Plant it Forward

One Tribe drum circle at Artsplosure in downtown Raleigh

Let us design an event for you

One Tribe plays at festivals, block parties and street fairs, family gatherings and reunions, and provide activities for seniors, youth groups, team building, and other special events.

  • One Tribe can provide an engaging performance or a lightly-facilitated drum circle, or a combination of performance and drum circle.
  • We lead low-impact West African style dance and movement that gets the crowd into the groove.
  • Fire performers available as an add-on to accompany our show.

See our Events calendar and join in the fun!

drummers playing in a One Tribe drum circle in Angier NC
Oak Grove Rhythm Retreat hosted by One Tribe logo

April 11-13, 2025
Registration coming in the Fall
Schedule & Workshop Descriptions:
Click for pdf of our 2024 retreat

drummers playing in a One Tribe drum circle in Cary NC