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Summer Residential

10th-14th August 2022

Meet the team behind our Jaminaround Summer Residential event, and read the testimonials of last year's attendees.

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Jan Blake

One of the leading UK-based storytellers, Jan Blake has been performing worldwide for over twenty-five years. Specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and Arabia, she has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. As well as performing at all the major storytelling festivals both nationally and internationally, she works regularly with the British Council, leads storytelling workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives masterclasses for teachers, brands, and businesses.

Jan will be telling a daily story and generally overseeing the narrative of the event throughout.

Dave Smith

Dave is a rhythm specialist, having plied his trade on drums and percussion with all manner of great musicians globally. Particular specialisms include Senegalese/Gambian Sabar drumming. Check out his band Fofoulah and his recent work with Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters for reference. Throughout the past year Dave has been developing workshops to share his broad knowledge and his particular philosophy of musicianship. He will be leading a session focussed on the language of rhythm and on keeping time with your whole body.

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Letty Mitchell

Movement artist, yoga and mindfulness teacher and art enthusiast. Letty’s work focuses on mindfulness, mental health awareness, the ancient wisdom of yoga, anatomy, the phenomena of Qi, creativity, the links to neuroscience, as well as the concept of reality. Letty will lead a yoga/mindfulness session each morning and work with any participants interested in exploring aspects of creative movement.


Luzmira Zerpa

Luzmira Zerpa is a Venezuelan musician based in UK, who has toured internationally as a solo artist and with her band Family Atlantica and performed alongside Manu Chao, Juan Luis Guerra, Seu Jorge and Buena Vista Social Club among others. She is equally comfortable performing traditional, folkloric music from her home country as mixing with styles from across Latin America and the rest of the world including afrobeat, blues and jazz. Luzmira has also studied extensively within the field of energy healing and specialises in creating traditional ceremonies and events based on Latin American folklore where she combines her love for music with her healing abilities.

Batch Gueye

Batch is a West-African Griot, a storyteller through his music and dance. Batch sings his songs in the Senegalese language Wolof. His songs are about life experiences: about travel, immigration, places he has lived in and people he met and is grateful to. Batch’s energy as a dancer is as vibrant and colourful as the patchwork clothes of his BayeFall people. Like his music, his dance style is a combination of both traditional and modern African cultures. He his performed and led dance workshops at various international music festivals, including WOMAD, Glastonbury, WOMEX, Shambala and Boom Town. Batch will lead a dance workshop.

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Barnaby Sutton

Our resident chef for the week. The popularity of Barnaby's food at Jaminaround events rivals the popularity of the music!

He will be on hand to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner plus teas and cakes throughout the week. We also cater for all dietary requirements.

Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas is one of London’s most sought after multi-instrumentalists and composer/arranger/producers. He has released a large discography of albums across various genres and is particularly known for specialising in creative re-interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach. Of British and Argentinian background, Fred has collaborated with a huge variety of artists worldwide including Brian Eno, Yo-Yo Ma, Jarvis Cocker, Lianne Le Havas, Jill Feldman among many more. He also works regularly as Musical Director with the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

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What were the best / most beneficial parts of the course for you?

I think the best bit of the course for me it was the overall sense of being held, feeling nothing but an invincible lifting positive energy created from the community we had made. It felt like we created a web of positive acceptance, where everyone was 100% seen and 100% heard, just holding space for each other.  So for me, it was the overall feeling of love and acceptance from the whole journey together that was the most beneficial part.


Jaminaround came at a very important time for me when I was focusing on nourishing the most inside part of myself where the creativity comes from, and to have soaked up all the positivity from it was so important to lay the ground for a healthy relationship with my creativity going forward.

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Regarding the initial information you received, how did the course match your expectations?

The course met and exceeded my expectations. The initial information I received was exciting and gave a good impression of what was to come, however the course had a certain magic that I don't think could have been expected or communicated prior to.

What were the best / most beneficial parts of the course for you?

The most beneficial parts of the course for me were; connections - meeting so many creative people of all ages and persuasions, being challenged by my own insecurities, by others confidence, enjoying peoples talents. Co-creation and group work, jamming, singing together, the togetherness of everything.

Regarding the initial information you received, how did the course match your expectations?

I wasn't sure what to expect but I found it to be a lovely mixture of workshops, free time and space to connect with loads of lovely people and the location is unbeatable.


​What were the best / most beneficial parts of the course for you?

I loved meeting lots of other creative people who were at different stages in their process, so that it didn't feel intimidating for me. Also the workshops were accessible for everyone's skill level.

The food was wonderful too, I wish Barnaby was my chef every day!

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