Asia All-star for Africa 2016

Selection for AAA 2016 is Now Open!

Pursue Your Dreams

Train and perform at beautiful remote volcanic island - TTMDA Mishima Japan on Mishima Island

Selected Performing Members will be invited for future AAA Concerts in Asia

Come and unleash your potential with AAA!

Get selected to perform with Japan’s top African Drum & Dance troupe “Gekidan Africa” in their 10th anniversary concert on 15 Oct

Register Now

Open Call: Selection for AAA Members 2016

  • All trainees will receive a certificate of participation
  • Selected AAA Performing member will be awarded with Performing member certificate
  • Selected Performing Members will be invited for AAA Concerts in future to spread the beauty of djembe and dance performing arts in Asia.
  • This year, selected drummers/dancers will be invited to join Japan’s top African Drum & Dance troupe “Gekidan Africa” in their 10th anniversary concert on 15 Oct! See Gekidan Africa here

Schedule and Itinerary

The boat from Kagoshima to Mishima Islands leaves in the morning of 21Aug, so all participants should arrive at Kagoshima latest by the night of 20Aug.


Arrive Kagoshima

Stay 1 night in Kagoshima downtown.

We recommend Sun Days Inn as as it is clean, comfortable, has good Wi-Fi and inexpensive.


Meet & Greet

Report to us at Kagoshima port (ferry to Mishima Islands) for your boat ticket.

Location: Honkōshinmachi, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima-ken 892-0814, Japan

We will then take ferry together to Mishima Islands.


Assessment of trainee’s skills / Training begins

Workshop and stay in Mishima.



Workshop and stay in Mishima.


Selection Performance

Selection Performance in Mishima.


Depart for Kagoshima

We will take ferry back to Kagoshima, estimated arrival time is 4pm.

Workshop Fees

Training Fees (USD)

Early Bird


Normal Trainee



Club TTM members
(Passed any TTMDA Appraisement levels)



TTMDA Beginner Djembe Instructors /
AAA Apprentice



Group of 5 from the same organization / troupe



AAA Preparatory Members



Costume Rental USD50 for 5th person in Group of 5, also for AAA Preparatory Members

Group registration need to submit a short video of your performance showing 5 of you wearing the your group’s performance outfit.
The fee discount for group registration is basically free sign up for the 5th person. If one of the group member is a Club TTM member who has passed an appraisement level, is a TTMDA Beginner Djembe Instructor or an AAA Apprentice, their individual discount cannot be used for their registration.

Fees include:

  • Over 32 hours of training
  • Costume rental for Selection Performance
  • Free AAA T-shirt
  • Half-day Mishima tour
  • Aftershow BBQ Party on 27 Aug!


Living Fees (USD)

Pay By

All participants, each person


2-way boat ticket
To and fro Mishima island


21Aug evening to 28Aug morning


All meals
21Aug evening to 28Aug morning


Fees do not include:

  • Individual flight/train ticket and visa
  • Drum rental (Drummers are encourage to bring your own djembe. If drum rental is needed, the rate is USD200 and please inform early)
  • Any transportation, accommodation and meals after workshop ends

All Fees are not refundable or further discounted if participants choose to not accept any of the items mentioned above. After full payment is made, if for whatever reasons participants decide to cancel his/her participation before commencement of training, 50% of the paid fee shall be refunded.

Registration Info 

Email your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Name
  • Email
  • Gender
  • Signing up for Drummer or Dancer
  • Facebook name (if any)
  • T-shirt size
  • Photocopy of passport x 1
  • Passport photo x 1
  • Promo photo of yourself x 1

Payment Channels

Paypal/ Credit Card

Pay Now

International Bank Transfer

Bank account name: HUANG YING-YING

Account number: 0185-441-006408


Bank address: 5F., No. 115, Sec 3, Minsheng E Road, Songshan Dist., Taipei City 105, Taiwan (R.O.C)

Swift Code: ESUNTWTP

Please state the same name as your workshop registration name when doing bank transfer

Contact Info

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Travel Info

Kagoshima Airport to Downtown

There is express bus service. Cost is about JPY1250.

Take bus line No.2: Airport → Shimoishiki → Kagoshima Chuo Station → Tenmonkan → City Hall

Alight at Tenmonkan stop.

There are many hotel and restaurant in that area. Sun Days Inn hotel is 10mins walk from this bus stop.

Fukuoka Airport to Kagoshima

Fukuoka Airport is the next available option to fly to, it is a bigger airport and more internationally connected than Kagoshima airport.

There are high speed train service between Fukuoka city and Kagoshima Downtown.

Besides high speed train, there are also high way bus service that takes about 3hours journey.

Accommodation in Kagoshima Downtown

We recommend the following hotel as it is clean, comfortable, has good Wi-Fi and inexpensive. Kagoshima port is 5mins away by taxi.

Sun Days Inn Hotel | Reserve a room in 中文 or English

Mishima Islands - Ioujima

Mishima Mishima Mishima

Kagoshima Visitors’ Guide

What is AAA

Asia All-star for African is an Asia based annual project where we invite any drummers and dancers in the genre of Mandingue traditional drumming to be trained professionally and pursue a chance to become top performers in Asia.

See a recap of our project last year and upcoming one this year!

Asia’s Top Professional Trainers in Djembe and Dance

Rumiko Fujii, Dancer. Artistic Director, Gekidan Africa

Rumiko Fujii, Dancer

Artistic Director, Gekidan Africa

Hiroki Murai, Drummer. Music Director, Gekidan Africa

Hiroki Murai, Drummer

Music Director, Gekidan Africa

Kelvin Kew, Drummer. Vice President, TTM Djembe Academy

Kelvin Kew, Drummer

Vice President, TTM Djembe Academy