Creative Director | Principle Facilitator | Instructor | Trainer


Janine Rew 

aka 'neeni-tuti'


B.Ap.Sci – Social Ecology

Majored in Community Development, Group Facilitation and Organisational Change

Certificate IV in Business - Business Management

Trained by Culture Keepers - Masters of African Drumming & Dance from WEST AFRICA


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Following a trip to Africa in 1995, Afrobeat Founder and Principle Facilitator Janine Rew became fascinated with African Rhythm and subsequently studied Traditional Percussion and dance under renowned master A. Epizo Bangoura from Guinea, West Africa for 12 years.

A graduate in interpersonal communications, group processes and facilitation, Janine immediately recognised and identified the connections between African Rhythms and their application to group processes, transformation and community building. A versatile and respected professional, Janine hails from a diverse background of more than 25 years of formal dance training and performance. The only female ‘African style’ percussionist to be endorsed by Billy Hydes (Australia’s largest retailer of percussion), she has been instructing individuals and groups in West African percussion and dance technique, and facilitated drumming circles with diverse audiences for the past 20 years. 

'Janine is greatly admired by all who know her, including myself for her strength of character and outstanding achievements on many levels, as well as her profound talents in dance and African music. I have seen her project AFROBEAT grow from a concept into a small but powerful and respected organisation and collective that reflects her hard work, dedication and spirit for the arts. Over the years, I have realised what an inspiration she is to many people through her commitment and unwavering dedication to her passion. Janine is also a person who brings others together through her activities and is a key figure in the community, one of the pillars who maintains a channel of communication between many people'

Diaspora Media - Angelica Dio

Our Team

Leading with passion, purpose, positivity and professionalism

Our people are dynamic, talented, professional and passionate about their work and building community through music! We love what we do. This is obvious and infectious! Our team are specially selected facilitators and seasoned musicians, instructors and charismatic entertainers.


Afrobeat is supported by an unbeatable line up of global talent who are committed to our values and work ethics, and the creative collaboration, design and development of our programs while maintaining a respect and connection for the culture that has inspired us. 

With more than 19 years experience, our facilitators have developed programs that balance creativity, ownership and personal reward; engaging diverse people and contexts through music and dance. We know how to keep an audience entertained, maintaining team focus and momentum. Experts in reading the ‘group dynamic’, our facilitators are able to adapt and reformulate our programs to suit the ‘in-the-moment’ group experience.

Afrobeat are able to outsource a network of drumming facilitators and professional musicians Australia-wide to service the needs of our clients. However our specially selected and trained Melbourne team are also available to travel interstate and nationally to ensure the consistency and credibility of our product and the highest standard of service delivery which you have come to expect of Afrobeat.

'I wanted to thank you personally for your help, especially in getting some drummers to us with such little notice. Your team absolutely delighted the staff and the students with their energy, warmth, spirit and their great skills. It was wonderful to see their magnetic effect on the crowd....the three performers instantly generated their trust.  Each time we have AFROBEAT people here, they bring a little light and happiness with them'

Michelle (Head of Drama)
Geelong Grammar School


Why choose Afrobeat? ...

Why Drumming? ...


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  • "Thanks. the drum is great! Very happy!"
    Louisa Marsilli
  • "A fantastic high energy performance. We were clapping and stamping our feet from start to finish. Kept 550 kids enthralled for the whole show"
    Rob Nelson, Principle - BANNOCKBURN P.S

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