A weekend with Merlin Nyakam

Sat, 18 Jan 2020, 14:00 – Sun, 19 Jan 2020, 18:0

Kickoff 2020 with a 2 day workshop with Merlin `Nyakam with his drummer, Gaspard playing the NKol. Don’t miss the Cameroon in London!!

About this Event

A weekend with Merlin Nyakam
Come kick 2020 off with a two day workshop with Merlin `Nyakam! Merlin will be coming with his drummer Gaspard, playing the NKol. Together with drummers, Yahz and Dembas, this will be an unforgettable weekend, full of dance, song and music!! Come learn some new rhythms, dances and songs from Cameroon!


Nicknamed, Merlin the enchanter, Merlin Nyakam is A dancer, singer, actor and choreographer. He has reached an international status for his interpretations and teaching of African and Afro-Contemporary dance.

He took his first artistic steps at 5, and at 14 he joined Cameroon’s National Ballet. He became the company’s main dancer at 16. In 1990, he founded his own company and won an award from Cameroon’s Ministry for Cultural Affairs. He also won an “Epi d’Or” and is celebrated as “Best Dancer” in 1991.
Since 1992, in France, he participated in numerous creations with several choreographers, ranging from Gérard Gourdot, to Philippe Jamet, and Frédéric Lescure, Georges Momboye, Norma Claire, etc. He also danced for the singer Angelique Kidjo’s FIFA World Tour, and remains her choreographer.
Since 1997, in the Montalvo-Hervieu duet company, he has been part of all their creations: “Hollaka Hollala”, “Paradis”, “le Jardin Io Io Ito Ito”, “Babelle Heureuse”, “Les Palladins” and “On Danfe”.

In October 2000, he won the “Prix d’Accueil Studio” awarded by the “Val de Marne Biennal Dance” & the “National Choregraphic Center of Creteil and Val de Marne”, which allowed him to create his own company: “La Calebasse de Merlin Nyakam”. “Récréation Primitive”, his first creation, was enthusiastically welcomed by professionals and by the public, and is followed this year by the promise of a “Liberté d’Expression” (Freedom of Speech).
African Dance and Song Class Description:

Meet Merlin Nyakam, his energy and generosity, during this Master Workshop. You will have a unique occasion to discover a body work based on the use of earth energy from the ground to the sky in an African Rhythm and dance environment. You will learn about the culture of Cameroon, thru song, rhythms and dance! His class will have musicians and will be an experience unlike any other! Merlin is a master international African Dancer/ Choreographer.


Artist Musician, percussionist, born in Mbalmayo, le 21 August 1989 in Cameroon. He began learning to play the Nkul(traditional drum) from his grandfather at the age of 9. He began playing for weddings, choirs, accompanying traditional dance companies, which allowed him to learn the rhythms and traditions of the Cameroon.
Between 2012 and 2016, he worked in collaboration with several groups including La troupe Arme des Maures de Perpignan en France, Bantou blues in London, dancer/choreographer Lazare Ohandja, Manuel Wambo in France and many more.

Gaspard eventually opened up a school of music in the Cameroon for the young Cameroonian musicians to learn to write and speak about their knowledge of their culture, rhythms and music of the Cameroon.

We are very lucky to have Gaspard accompaniny Merlin with his Nkul this weekend!!!.

Schedule for the weekend:

Saturday; 18/01/2020

18/01/2020 – 14:00 to 14:15 Registration
18/01/2020 – 14:15 to 17:15 Master workshop with Merlin Nyakam
18/01/2020 – 17:15 to 17:30 Stretching and packing up
18/01/2020 – 17:30 to 17:30 Must vacate dance studio!

Sunday: 19/01/2020

19/01/2020 – 14:30 to 14:45 Registration
19/01/2020 – 14:45 to 17:45 Master workshop with Merlin Nyakam
19/01/2020 – 17:45 to 18:00 Stretching and packing up
19/01/2020 – 18:00 to 18:00 Must vacate dance studio!

Cost: £35/£38 (on the door) plus fees for one day / £65/£70 (on the door) plus fees for two days

More Camden Listings MORE

Camden Wednesday 1 May


With influences ranging from Jorge Ben to Caetano Veloso and going through the manguebeat of Chico Science, the…

Camden Sunday 12 May

Leela James

American RnB powerhouse, Leela James, has shared the stage with the legendary James Brown, Robert Randolph, The Isley…

Camden Tuesday 14 May

Shaznay Lewis

If you’ve been away for twenty years, you want to make sure you come back in style. And…

Camden Sunday 19 May

Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue

Prominent Canadian trumpeter Jay Phelps performs Miles Davis’ beloved Kind Of Blue in its entirety live with an…

Camden Monday 27 May

Lady Wray

“Lady Wray carries the charisma of a Jackson 5 family member, while also boasting similar vocal prowess to…

Camden Saturday 1st June

Tay Iwar + Äyanna + Natanya

New Wave presents a sensational opportunity to witness the inception of the next big names in music. This…

Camden Monday 10 June

Masta Ace & Marco Polo

Regarded as one of Brooklyn’s staple figures in the East Coast hip-hop scene, Masta Ace returns to the…

Camden Thursday 4 July

Josh Milan

It is rare for a singular artist to poses mastery over such a wide array of musical genres….