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Chico Women's Club
592 E. 3rd Street /3rd and Pine
Chico, CA 95926
Tuesdays: Drum Class 8:30-10:00 pm
$12 per class
Private lessons 45 per hour
group lessons 12 per hour
Style: Afro Cuban Rumba
I teach the Rumba Quinto, Cajon and Salsa improvisation "languages".
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Motherland Music Center
2921 La Cienega Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
TUESDAY (Intermediate) 7:00-9:00pm at
SUNDAY (Introduction to Djembe) 3:00-4:30pm at
2060 Placentia Ave., #B2,
Class Schedule, Location & Fees:
Wednesday nights, 7-9 p.m.
Rhythm Roots warehouse
2060 Placentia Ave, #B2, Costa Mesa, Calif.
$10 per class for drop-ins, or $25 a month
STYLE OF DRUM: djembe and dundun
Description of Drum Classes: Learn the basics of musicianship using rhythms from the Mandeng culture of West Africa. All levels welcome, but this class is geared toward beginners. Nervous novices especially welcome.
Resumé of teacher:
I've been studying drumming, primarily Mandeng drumming, for about five
years. My talent lies in an understanding of ensemble dynamics and the ability to relate concepts and break down techniques in ways (i hope) that beginners find educational and entertaining.
Carole Zeitlin Adeyemi
2567 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca. 90064
[Closed as of 2008]
Classes with Ayo ongoing
Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:15 pm - at Westwood location
Saturdays 3::30 5:30 at Motherland Music,
5803 Washington Blvd. Culver City
Drumming with Woman Only
Taught by Carole
Tuesdays at 6:30 to 8:15
at Westwood location
Cost: $25 per class or 8 classes for $150
all classes include the use of drum
AZIZ FAYE from Dakar, Senegal.
Drum Teacher -
P.O. Box 875
Long Beach, Ca 90801
Chief Matsemala Camara
Fore-Fote School of Drum and Dance.
Instruction in Djembe, Sangban, Kenkeni, Doundoumba, and
THURSDAY (Introduction) 7:00-8:30pm at
Style of drumming. Nigerian talking drum, and Nigerian drum ensemble
Other percussion instruments taught
Individual Fees tba Group Fees: $20 for 2hr class.
Comments. Educational lectures and performances. Yoruba language and dance classes. call or visit web site for info.
Repairs Talking Drums
Alice Arts Center
1428 Alice Street, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
3rd floor at corner of Alice St. and 14th
Contact center for drum class schedule
Abdouli Diakite is the lead djembe player. He is a master Bamana djembe player who was the lead djembe player for the National Ballet of Senegal for 20 years.
Djibi Diop Faye
Healing Circles Yoga & Movement Center
6144 Highway 9 Felton, California
Beth's djembe classes focus on the sounds of the djembe drum and traditional Mandingue djembe rhythms from Guinea and the Mali Empire. Students will become familiar with the history of each rhythm and the instrumentation of the djembe orchestra.
About the Instructor:
Beth Dyer has been an apprentice of Djembe Master Mamady Keita, of Guinea, since 1994, and earned her diploma from his school of percussion, Tam Tam Mandingue, in November 2000, certifying her as Tam Tam Mandingue professor. She has travelled to Europe and Guinea, West Africa, for intensive study of Mandingue percussion. Since 1992, Beth has been an accompanist for Santa Cruz area West African dance classes for many well-known area teachers, including Mabiba Baegne, Allassane Kane, Alseny Soumah and Mandjou Kone, for whom she is currently a soloist. She has
performed with Mamady Keita, Babatunde Olatunji, and Mamadou and Mandjou Kone. Beth's musical development was also strongly influenced by such luminaries as Babatunde Olatunji, Mabiba Baegne, Abdoulaye Diakite, Sanga of the Valley, Sikiru Adepoju, Fred Simpson and Ladji Camara.
Cost: $10/class (discount for prepayment of full series)
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Learn Traditional Congolese
African Drum and Dance from Master Massengo
About me: Baba
Olatunji has been as important mentor and guide, for not only drumming but
how to teach... with patience, inclusiveness, magic, and love. I am
proud to have been his student for 14 years. Also studied Ghanian and
Congolese music. I met Reinhard and Cornelia Flatischler at a workshop in
fall 1996, and saw the potential for the next step ..to learn rhythm from
the inside out. Anyone whether musically trained or not can use Ta Ke Ti
Na to enter into rhythmic intelligence.
moved to Cambridge, MA Sep 2002
I teach beginner/intermediate hand drumming in the San
Diego/North County area with focus on West African, Middle- Eastern and Latin rhythms. My
djembe teachers have included Lamine Dibo Camara, Baba Olatunji, and Paulo
I have played djembe for 10+ years, and long before that have played drumset and
various hand drums, largely self taught, but have sought the wisdom of the masters. I have
also set up and conducted rhythm therapy sessions with children and elders through my
background as an occupational therapist. I have drummed for several dance ensembles in
West African Djembe Drumming class with
Alpha Oumar "Bongo" Sidibe
418 Ruth Ave..
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Class Schedule, Location & Fees: All-levels Djembe, Mondays at private
residence in SB, $60 per month; Intermediate/Advanced Djembe, Wednesdays
at private residence in SB, $60 per month
Teachers Country of Origin and Village: USA
STYLE OF DRUM: Djembe (Guinea, Mali)
Description of Drum Classes: Learn traditional rhythms and songs from Mali and Guinea. Budhi's classes are geared for performance, and he often invites his students to perform at dance classes and various showcases in the SB area.
Resumé of teacher Budhi Harlow is musician, composer, drum
teacher, and dynamic performer. He has studied traditional drumming all
over the world; primarily in Senegal, where he lived on and off for 9 years.
Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties,
She has been a student of the drum for over 20 years, and has played djembe for approximately 15 years, studying with various drum masters including Karuna Warren and Babatunde Olatunji, whose Gun Go Do method she now teaches. She has played in several ensembles, for crowds ranging in size from several hundred to several thousand. Jennifer facilitates the local monthly community drum circles in Ventura, and has on-going workshops designed to have everyone playing along and enjoying themselves quickly and effortlessly. Jennifer's performance ensemble, the One World Drummers, can be seen at numerous events along the Central Coast of California. As the premiere hand drumming teacher in the area, Jennifer's workshops and classes offer something for everyone, young and old, beginning or more advanced, and should not be missed. For more information on upcoming events in the area, please visit Jennifer's Web Site
$10 per class.
All Drums provided
Beginning level II 1:00-2:30 pm
Beginning level I 2:30-4:00 pm
These are ongoing classes in an 5 week cycle offered 4 times a year.
We cover drumming and percussion technique, the world's within clave, rhythmic language & sensibility, playing for dancers, how to jam, how to lead, how to arrange, songs, stories & folklore thru rhythms from though out the African Diaspora such as Shiko, Nyaka, Zebola, Palo, Yanvalu etc...
You will learn how to learn drumming in a way that is challenging, lots of fun, in a beautiful stteing with great people.
Don Davidson has served since 1983 as a drummer, percussionist, teacher and performing musician throughout California, the U.S. States, Europe & Australia.
Don is an instructor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, offering courses in traditional and contemporary music of the African Diaspora. He has brought the utility of drumming into rhythm based learning events and programs for literally tens of thousands of people in corporations & organizations and communities of all kinds. Don was a founding member of the Dandaro Marimba Ensemble and has served as lead drummer and musical director of San Francisco's Group Petit La Croix.
He has served as an associate of Arthur Hull and Village Music Circles since 1987.
His recorded works include Dandaro's CD release, "Ndoenda Baba;" the Small Village Ensemble's,"Drum Culture;" One World's release, "New World Dance," with Babatunde Olatunji and Africa Rain; Arthur Hull's, "Drum Circle Spirit;" and the jazz-fusion group's self titled album, "Eyelevel."
Chris is a performing artist in the Santa Cruz area and teaches beginning and intermediate congas and hand percussion in private and group sessions. Chris also teaches dance including Samba and Salsa and specializes in teaching movement to percussionists and rhythm to dancers in private sessions and in workshops. Fees are determined by arrangement and specific needs.
BETH DYER, Director
Post Office Box 1470
Santa Monica 90406-1470
Fax: (213) 936-3929
Or contact's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Style of Drumming: All African Styles plus Caribbean Styles and Jazz, Pop, etc. Bata. Other percussion instruments taught: If it makes noise he can play it!
Individual Fees: To be arranged
Group Fees: To be arranged
class info on web:
Comments: For informational packages call Jake Alba (213) 390-PAWS
Angel Luis Figueroa
Post Office Box 1470
Tel: (707) 528-4458
P O Box 703
Sebastopol, CA 95473
Kim Atkinson teaches Djembe/Dundun, Conga and percussion, Brazilian Percussion, Cuban Music, Drum Set, Body Rhythm, and Rhythm Theory. All ages and levels. Presentation can be tailored to fit many situations including low pressure community - hobbyist - to extensively analytical and challenging for college students and professionals.
Personal statement follows:
DJEMBE / DUNDUN is a class for intermediate players.
I like to teach this class as my teachers taught me, by example, without words or
concepts. I go slowly and methodically and I prefer not to get into excessive analysis or
discussion. I demand memorization and do not use notation. Students learn and remember by
speaking syllables. Our repetoir consists of material I have learned from Abdoulaye
Diakite, Mamady Keita and Karamba Dambakate, including: KOTEBA / FOROKOROBA, YANKADI /
MAKRU, SUNU, SORSONETT, KUKU, KOMODENU, KASSA, MANDIANI, KAKILAMBE (4 &6), DJAN,
DOMBA, and other rhythms. I teach each rhythm with a specific call or break which
identifies it. This allows me call changes and new rhythms with my drum and keep verbal
talking to a minimum and drum talk to a maximum. This keeps energy fresh, moving forward,
and aligned with the tradition. Typically we play one ensemble rhythms for 6 to 10 weeks
while briefly touching on others to maintain our repetoir. As of DEC 97 we are working on
GARENGEDON. I encourage senior students to improvise, solo, and memorize lead technique
patterns and arrangements. Private lessons and intro. classes are available.
Whittier, CA 90602 U.S.
Teachers Country of Origin and Village: U.S.
Djembe I-III and continuing classes in Whittier.
Classes are taught at Rio Hondo College and Whittier Community Services Center.
Djembe I classes emphasize playing technique, timing, and listening.
Djembe II classes concentrate on more complex polyrhythms, including playing
the bass drums called dunun, long breaks, and
call and response within rhythms. Each class is 6 weeks long.
For more info, please call 562-945-5389 or email@example.com
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