presentations

View details on Dawud’s performances, house concerts, school presentations and educational workshops below.

General Concerts

Trying to change the world for the better…one song at a time…and always singing for his supper.

  • Dawud is always willing to share his songs ~ with no audience size being too large or too small.
  • Special consideration is given to events hosted by grass-roots, non-profit, non-religious, non-governmental organizations.
  • Due to the excessive carbon emissions related to air travel, Dawud only schedules bookings requiring flights once per month, on a first-come/first-serve basis.
  • Bookings are normally scheduled 3 to 6 months in advance.
  • Dawud’s presentations generally utilize various musical instrumentation (guitar, mandolin, banjo etc.), however “percussion only” and “a’cappella” formats are also possible under certain circumstances.
  • Venue hosts are expected to cover all basic travel and hotel accommodation costs, in addition to a presentation fee.
  • Dawud’s annual performance income is split three ways:  a fixed portion toward his family’s personal living expenses, a fixed portion toward his ongoing artistic production (recording and business administration costs) and the remainder toward Al Imtiaz Academy, a school in Pakistan directly overseen by Dawud and his family.  The Al Imtiaz Academy trust is also the primary beneficiary of Dawud’s album sales and royalties.

School Presentations

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Teachers interested in educational school presentations may choose from the list of Dawud Wharnsby’s workshops listed below:

Hi Neighbour! Salam Neighbour! (Ages 7 – 11)

Bonjour! Shalom! Hola! Konnichiwa! Salam! Calling all kids to look inside themselves for the hidden treasures and talents they can share with the world! Regardless of our languages and cultures, the rhythm of creation surrounds us and binds us. Through interactive dialogue, drumming and Dawud Wharnsby’s engaging songs, students explore the world’s natural rhythms (from the rotation of the Earth to the beating of our hearts), while also being encouraged to reflect upon their own individuality and role as a “neighbour” in the global village. Major themes include: celebration of uniqueness, tolerance & acceptance of differences, assessing inner strengths and weaknesses, social awareness, promotion of community activism and preservation of ecology.  (50 minutes + Resource Package)

The Rhythm Of Surrender (Ages 7 – 11)

Aimed specifically at faith-based audiences in private school settings, The Rhythm Of Surrender is a non-political, non-dogmatic, “God centered” approach to helping children understand faith, scripture and their world in a whole new way. Building upon the concepts of Dawud’s “Hi Neighbour! Salam Neighbour!” presentation, students are encouraged to celebrate and openly discuss not only the humanitarian aspects of tolerance and social concern, but also how their awareness of God relates to their daily lives. The Rhythm of Surrender program is non-denominational, however, portions of the program do reference the Torah, Bible, Qur’an and other scriptures. Some songs and terminology within the program can be altered to suit specific needs and beliefs of schools, with the program easily adaptable not only to audiences with an Abrahamic foundation, but also those aligned with Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh traditions. Major themes include: celebration of uniqueness, tolerance & acceptance of differences, importance of trying our best, assessing inner strengths and weaknesses, importance of charity, social awareness, promotion of community activism, preservation of ecology. (50 minutes + Resource Package)

The Power Of Song (Ages 9 – 12)

A wonderful supplementary workshop to Dawud’s more “musical” programs, The Power Of Song walks middle school students through unique writing experiments*, helping them build their own poems, songs, raps and stories – but more importantly: helping them build their confidence and self-esteem. A course with no “right” or “wrong” answers, Wharnsby helps even the most tentative students dig deep into their imagination to unleash feelings, emotions and creativity in ways they might have never attempted to try before. Grammar and spelling teachers can enjoy a cup of coffee in the staff room during this session, as Dawud challenges young writers to look at “writing” in a whole new way. The Power Of Song is more about self discovery, self esteem and understanding our responsibilities to our world, than it is about “rhyming”, “meter” and “metaphor” – but don’t be surprised if, at the session’s end, you find your students eager to record their own album of original songs – using music as a tool for social change. Major themes include: overcoming learning disabilities, acceptance of differences, celebration of uniqueness, historic look at music as a tool for social change, assessing inner strengths and weaknesses. (50 minutes) *(This hands-on workshop requires the accessibility of chart paper, markers, loose-leaf paper & pencils for students. Workshop size is limited to 30 students in a classroom, library or out-door setting.)

The Power Of Song (Ages 12 – 18)

Dawud’s Power Of Song workshop (listed above) adapted for high school age students. (This hands-on workshop requires the accessibility of chart paper, markers, loose-leaf paper & pencils for students. Workshop size is limited to 30 students in a classroom, library or out-door setting.) (50 minutes)

House Concerts

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Book Dawud for an intimate House Concert in your own living-room or back garden.

If you have:
~ a spacious living room, rec room, back-yard or barn
~ a music loving audience of a couple dozen friends, co-workers or neighbours willing to pay between $10 and $20 each at the door (kids under 12 free) and bring a dish of food for a pot-luck dinner
~ a nook or garret where Dawud can sleep after the show
then keep an eye on Dawud’s Tour Schedule and drop us a line if you see him in your area.  We may be able to set up a time for him to visit your home for an intimate evening of live music you and your friends will never forget.*

* Dawud’s House Concerts are presented as formal gatherings of live music and are not offered as entertainment at private events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, religious festivals or garden parties.   Learn more about House Concerts here or learn more about how to host a House Concert here.

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