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Boynarr Sow

(530) 750-3834
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
Clifford Brooks
Berkeley California

Private lessons 45 per hour
group lessons 12 per hour

Style: Afro Cuban Rumba

I teach the Rumba Quinto, Cajon and Salsa improvisation "languages".
Bio at: <>

Mika Scott
2909 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 94705 USA
Phone: (415) 482-1610
Class Schedule, Location & Fees:
Group classes in Berkeley  Beginning and Intermediate classes are now all on Wednesday nights.

evenings - $10-15 sliding scale per 1 1/2 hr. class.  Individual lessons can
also be arranged.  Monthly introductory classes are also offered and are a great way to get started.  Drums and other percussion instruments are provided in class at no extra charge.

Teacher's Country of Origin & Village:  Berkeley, California

Styles of Drum: Afro-Cuban, West African, Latin using conga, djembe, drum set & other percussion instruments (bell, clave, etc.)

Description of Drum Classes:  Mika teaches conga drum technique and principles of rhythm in a playful and systematic approach that emphasizes learning, spontaneity, creativity and fun.  He teaches traditional rhythms as well as ways to develop and express improvised rhythms.

Resume of teacher (25 words): For 15 years, Mika has taught groups,
corporate events and classrooms.  He has performed with Phil Lesh, Counting Crows, The Venusians and Baba Ken Okulolo.


Motherland Music Center
2921 La Cienega Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
for classes
African drum classes every evening 7-9pm M-F, and all day Sat. & Sun. with performances and drum circles on Sat. night - TBA.

With Fred Jones,
Certified Teacher, Tam Tam Mandingue
Featuring:Traditional Malinke Rhythms from Guinea, West Africa *Djembe, Dundun and Kenken Technique *Ensemble Playing

TUESDAY (Intermediate) 7:00-9:00pm at
Motherland Music.

SUNDAY (Introduction to Djembe) 3:00-4:30pm at
Motherland Music, 2921 S. LaCienega Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

J. Frederick Jones,
also known as Djangewali, hails from St. Louis, MO,

began his studies in West African music in 1975. He later
moved to Chicago and became a musical director and dancer with Muntu Dance Theatre,
an internationally acclaimed company. Fred moved to Los Angeles in 1990, and now is the director of Abalaye African Dance Ensemble.

He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Stanley Clarke, Bill Summers, and Mamady
Keita, among others. His teaching credits include 7 years at UCLA and numerous residencies.

 More drum classes here.

Don Davidson
P.O.Box 124
Davenport, CA 95017
Style: All drum music of the African diaspora
Other: Shona-style marimba, multiple percussion
Community drum circles
Fees: $8/class, private instruction by arrangement
large circles, clinics by arrangement
Comments: 15 years of playing, performing, teaching. Classes are offered through the University of California at Santa Cruz, through Village Music Circles, and through Don. Don teaches drumming to all populations from children, to corporate and university communities, and to the public at large. Don also offers rhythm-based seminars in community celebrations, team building, cross-cultural communication, and trance.

Costa Mesa

David Comfort

2060 Placentia Ave., #B2,
(714) 848-6841
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.

Los Angeles Area
Ayo Adeyemi
Yoruba House
Carole Zeitlin Adeyemi
Yoruba House
2567 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca. 90064

[Closed as of 2008]


Style of drumming...traditional Yoruba drumming; beginners; intermediate and advanced levels djembe, junjun, bell, shekere, ashiko, vocals, dance, Yoruba language.
Other percussion instruments taught... balaphone, talking drum, bata
Individual Fees..$75 per 1-1/2 hr. class

Group Fees:.8 class series for $100
Comments...Yoruba house offers 10 classes a weeks in drum, dance , voice and language

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

Bobby Matos
(last updated 02-13-00)

Teaches  all Afro-cuban and related afro-carribean percussion, including
congas, timbales, chekere, etc.

Background: band leader, composer, teacher since 1960's; CD's (recent) on CuBop include: "Sessions", "Footprints", and "Chango's Dance".

Workshop classes (three-six students, generally) , Silverlake area of Los Angeles, Sunday afternoons, $25.00 (approx. 2 1/2 hours); private lessons per arrangement

Joselyn Wilkinson
Calabash Productions

Venice HEART Community Center
819 Millwood Avenue
Venice, CA 90291


Teaching Continuing Drumming Classes in Rhythm, Technique, Timing, Feeling, Breathing, & Meditation | Focusing on Drumming traditions of Ghana (Ga) and Senegal (Mandinke and Bambara)
Saturdays, 4:00-5:00 pm
$10.00 per class or $50.00 for 6 week series

Private and Children's classes by Appointment
"Each drum has its own voice and technique-djembe, djun-djun, kpanlogo,
conga, and many others.  Let the drum speak through YOU.  Open up your
heart to the world of rhythm inside".

AZIZ FAYE from Dakar, Senegal.
Dance Arts Academy
731 So. La Brea (2nd floor) Los Angeles Ca
Sunday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  $10.00
(323) 932-6230

master drummer and dancer who comes from a long line of famous nguewel (griot) artist. He brings a rich knowledge of Senegalese dance, music, and culture. His dance company "Khaley Nguewel" will be having their 2nd annual WEST AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM CONFERENCE Febuary 15 -19 2001 at Dance Arts Academy 731S. La Brea  2nd floor Los Angeles California.

Drum Teacher -
Ya-Yah Quarles
Dance Teacher:

Dadisi Sanyika

(562) 435-3110
P.O. Box 875
Long Beach, Ca 90801

Drum Classes:
focus on the traditional folklore of Mali, Guinea, Senegal and Cote Ivorie.
Beginner class: 
 10:30 am - 12:00 noon   
   Intermediate class: 
 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: Mac Arthur Park Community Center
  1325 Anaheim St.

Long Beach , CA
Price $5.00 adults , FREE for children

Drummers and dancers are also available for performances, workshops and lecture presentations.


Chief Matsemala Camara
ph: (213) 737-8231
Weusi House of the Drum
4852 West Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

W. African Djembe (Senegal, Mali, Ghana)
Also: djun-djun & bell
classes $20 2hrs by appointment, please call to arrange


Fore-Fote School of Drum and Dance.
5454 Zelzah Ave. #306
Encino, CA 91316
phone: (310) 397-4244
Fax: (818-708-8823
Company Fore-Fote: Music and Dance in Black and White. An educational and performance organization dedicated to exploring and preserving the music, dance, and culture of Guinea, West Africa and sharing it with the world.
Volume 17, Section 3 Performance Groups)

Instruction in Djembe, Sangban, Kenkeni, Doundoumba, and dance.   School
offers offers several ongoing workshop series and classes in the Southern
California area as well as special Master Classes, drum and dance retreats, and school/university programs throughout the world each year. Highlight for students is the annual Guinea workshop - the longest running organized camp for international students of percussion and dance in Guinea. (See Volume 10c)  Check web site for details on all classes, workshops, and events.

Primary Instructors
M. Lamine Dibo Camara

Nicknamed "Dibo" or "Rhythm Devil" for his incredible speed, technique,
and phrasing, Lamine is a master djembe soloist from the Republic of
Guinea, West Africa.  He has performed and instructed throughout the world
for over 25 years with top artists including National Ballet Djoliba, Les
Ballets d'Afrique Noir, Lamine Conte, Jams Sylla, and jazz legend Dee Dee
Bridgewater and is the founder of Company Fore-Fote.

Ryan Mehlmauer Camara
Adopted son and apprentice to Master Drummer M. Lamine "Dibo" Camara. Ryan is an Ethnomusicology major at UCLA and has studied and performed in
Guinea, West Africa with members of both National Ballets of Guinea. As a
member of Company Fore-Fote, Ryan has performed traditional music of
Guinea throughout the world and can be heard on the group's new release,
"Wonbere." Ryan's Djembe Drumming Workshop has received an award from the City of Long Beach Park & Recreations.

With Fred Jones,

Certified Teacher, Tam Tam Mandingue
Traditional Malinke Rhythms from
Guinea, West Africa
*Djembe, Dundun and Kenkeni Technique
*Ensemble Playing

SATURDAY (Introduction to Djembe) 1:00-2:30pm at
Remo Recreational Music Center
7308 Coldwater Canyon
North Hollywood, CA 91605

THURSDAY (Introduction) 7:00-8:30pm at
UCLA-Wooden Center (Sunset at Westwood Blvd)

Francis Awe
6121 Fairfax
Los Angeles
(323) 294-7445
(updated 02-13-00)
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




Southern California Area
Address: 11862 Balboa Blvd. Suite 159
Granada Hills, CA 91344-8107
Fax: 818-832-2089

All styles of hand drumming and percussion including West African Malinke drumming (djembe & dunun)
Afro-Cuban Rhumba & Salsa Congas, Bongos, Bata
Brazilian Samba, Capoeira
Middle Eastern, Frame drums
Orchestral percussion, Mallets, Electronics
Composition and How to work as a freelance artist
Community drumming events, College level master classes and residency workshops. Studio techniques & recording
Educational video production and development
Educational audio CDs
Web publication


Paulo Mattioli

24865 Glen Ivy Road
Corona, Ca 92883
Phone:(909) 277-3442
Toll free order line (800) 733-3786

Web (URL) address:
Style of drumming: West African Djembe and Djun Djun -
Manding/Malinke Ethnic groups (Countries of Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali,
Burkina Faso)
Ghanian: Ewe Drum Family
Woloff: Sabar and Kutiro Family
Nigeria: Yoruba and Ibo
Contemporary/Pop percussion
Rhythmical Empowerment Sessions: "Rhythm Journey" Drum and Dance workshops held Monthly in the "Healing Journey Wellness Center" at the Rhythm Ranch in Corona, S. California. Rhythm Journey events held on the Saturday night closest to the full moon. Facilitated Community drum circle followed by Spirit dance and potluck pool party.
7:00PM-10:00 PM, Admission $10, Please RSVP

Private Instruction: By arrangement, please call.
Special Events: Multi-Cultural Drumming and Dance Retreats at Magical Sites in
California and Maui. Contact us for more info.

Resources offered: Hand Drumming Instructional Videos, C.D.'s, and
Cassettes. Fine Quality Professional Djembes and cases available. Additional
Services offered: Community Drum Circle facilitation,
Corporate Drum Circle Facilitation and Hand Drumming workshops available
world-wide by request. World Music concert performances by "Mystique
D'Afrique" ensemble. Remo Signature Series World Percussion Artist and instrument designer.

Ric Alviso
2423 Nuez Way
Topanga, CA. 90290
310 455-3575
Teaches and plays mbira.
No fee.
Web site

Abdouli Diakite
Alice Arts Center
1428 Alice Street, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-1230
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
Sabar & Djembe Drum Instructor from Dakar, Senegal West Africa
Djembe Drum class every Monday - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Dimensions Dance Studio
1428 Alice Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 535-9490

Karamba Dioubate
Oakland, California, USA
Home: (510) 562-6770
Cell: (510) 541-3739

EMAIL contact
Class Schedule, Location & Fees:
Sundays 3pm $10
Alice Arts Center (3rd floor)     
1428 Alice St.
Oakland CA 94612
Teachers Country of Origin and Village:
Boke, Guinea, West Africa
STYLE OF DRUM: Djembe and Dun-Dun
Description of Drum Classes:
All levels welcome!
Resumé of teacher (25 words):
Karamba played with Fish de Rice and Famouro Kouyate's group Keke in Guinea, then toured Europe and the US with Fatala, a traditional drum and dance troupe formed by master percussionist Yacouba Camara.


EMAIL contact:

Class Schedule, Location & Fee: $10 per class/ Every Sat & Sun 1-2:30PM (Location Above)

Teachers Country of Origin and Village: Senegal West Africa
STYLE OF DRUM: Saturday-- Djembe/ Sunday-- Sabar
Description of Drum Classes:
Class is West African Drum instruction for all levels.

Resumé of teacher (25 words): Samba Guisse is a very accomplished drummer from Senegal, West Africa. He comes from the percussion ensemble "Groupe Kiss" named after master drummer Kissima Diabate.



Healing Circles Yoga & Movement Center
6144 Highway 9   Felton, California
(831) 336-8171
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)

Palo Alto San Diego San Francisco

Learn Traditional Congolese African Drum and Dance from Master Massengo
Private Drum Classes:
Taught by appointment. All levels encouraged
$20/class or $15/class with group of 5 or more
1 class per week suggested with minimum of 4 classes
Will travel to Oakland/San Francisco/Palo
Alto areas

Winter 2001 Dance/Drum Classes:
Mondays, 7:30-9:30pm, CitiCentre, Oakland, CA

Saturdays, 1:00-2:30pm, CitiCentre, Oakland,
Sundays, 12:00-1:30pm, CitiCentre, Oakland
Sundays, 3:30-5:00pm, Palo Alto

Zorina Wolf
P O Box 52101
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Style: Adapted traditional music of  Africa and the African Diaspora, matrix drumming, percussion, singing while playing. Use Baba Olatunji's drum language as a means of entering into drum "notes."  Work with individual's technique and feeling inside the music.  Teach groups of all sizes and individuals. Have completed and graduated from a three year training becoming a Ta Ke Ti Na  teacher, and am currently a student of the Advanced Ta Ke Ti Na Teacher training.

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 learn rhythm from the inside out.  Anyone whether musically trained or not can use Ta Ke Ti Na to enter into rhythmic intelligence.






Moussa Traore
moved to Cambridge, MA Sep 2002

Frank Lazzaro
(760) 942-1326

Classes in Encinitas

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 Mattioli.   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 Southern
California, including Fore-Foté, directed by Lamine "Dibo" Camara, and most recently, Damaru.
Private Lessons.

 Kymberlee Maxine
  UCSD San Diego// California Cultural Arts
 UCSD San Diego, CA, USA
858 534 4037

Class Schedule, Location & Fees:   M/W 5pm
Saturdays 1pm
Summer performance workshops@
Country of Origin: USA 
STYLE OF DRUM:   congas
Description of Drum Classes: UCSD RIMAC schedule online!
World Dance/ World Percussion

Wade Peterson

Jeremy Chevrier
(moved to Senegal, W. Africa)

West African Djembe Drumming class with
I am a student of Abdouli Diakite and Mamadou Sidibe.
I teach traditional Malian djembe in the Golden Gate Park in front of the
conservatory of flowers building every Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30.  It is a small group class and costs $10 per person.
All levels are welcome.  For more info visit:


Alpha Oumar "Bongo" Sidibe
3380 19th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
EMAIL contact:

Class Schedule, Location & Fees: Tuesdays 6-7:30pm, Saturdays 11:30am-1:30pm, Duniya Dance Studio, 3380 19th St. (betw. Mission and Capp), San Francisco, CA, $12-20/class
Teachers Country of Origin and Village: Conakry, Guinea
STYLE OF DRUM: Traditional Djembe and Dounoun
Description of Drum Classes: Tuesdays class is both Djembe and Dounouns together, all levels. Saturdays class is split 11:30am-12:30pm Djembe and 12:30pm-1:30pm Dounouns. Bongo has learned from Mamady Keita and teaches traditional Guinean music.
Resumé of teacher (25 words): Alpha Oumar "Bongo" Sidibe is a traditional drummer from Conakry, Guinea in West Africa. Bongo studied with Master Drummer Mamady Keita at his school, Tam Tam Mandigue, Guinea, and participated in his workshops in Conakry and Balandougou, Mamady's village. Before leaving Guinea, he was co-director of Balandougou Kan, a group of traditional percussionists and dancers. Since arriving in the U.S., Bongo has performed with Bolokada Conde, Bu Falle, Rhythm Village, and Duniya Dance and Drum Company.

Santa Barbara  

Santa Cruz

Santa Monica

Budhi Harlow
418 Ruth Ave..
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
 (805) 966-4604
EMAIL contact:
(updated 07/13/08)

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.



Jennifer Merlich
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
  Don Davidson
Tel: 831-426-1110                 

$10 per class.
All Drums provided

Classes Offered:
  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."


Jim Greiner
(831) 462-3786 FAX (831) 462-4119
Contemporary North American, African and Caribbean musical styles drum circles for corporations, conferences and communities. Fees to be arranged. Jim is a clinician/endorser/product specialist for Latin Percussion
Instruments and leads workshops and drum circles for them in music stores throughout the U.S. He leads team-building, motivational drum circles around the country through his Hands-On! Drumming TM Events, plays percussion all over the world with The Bill Hopkins Rockin' Orchestra and is director of The Hands-On! Drumming TM School in SantaCruz, California.

Chris Kenney
P.O. Box 3056
Santa Cruz, California 95063
Tel/Fax 831-464-7371

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
(831) 336-8171
Tam Tam Mandingue
Santa Cruz
Healing Circles Yoga & Movement Center
6144 Highway 9 
Felton, California
Please visit the website, call or email for current class schedule.

Tam Tam Mandingue is the international school of West African drumming
founded in 1991 by Djembe Master Mamady Keita of Guinea.  The mission of Tam
Tam Mandingue is to preserve and pass on Mandingue cultural art forms,
specifically those of drum and dance.

Tam Tam Mandingue Santa Cruz offers djembe and dunun classes.
Djembe classes are taught by level (e.g., Beginner I, Beginner II,
Intermediate I,
Intermediate II).  Each level is a year-long course, geared to aid students in development as musicians while providing the history and cultural context
of the rhythms presented.  Dunun classes are mixed-level, and are co-taught by Doug
Kane.  The classes focus on the sounds of the instruments (djembe and dunun) and traditional Mandingue djembe rhythms from Guinea and the Mali Empire.
Students also learn about the instrumentation of the djembe orchestra.

The school year is divided into quarters that typically last 10 weeks each, as follows:
    Fall - September (or early October) to mid-December
    Winter - January (or early February) to March
    Spring - April to mid-June

Students may enroll for the entire school year, or for individual quarters.
Drop-ins are welcome, although they should keep in mind that classes may
build on material previously presented. Summer quarter is not considered to
be part of the regular school year, and offerings usually vary from those of
the regular school year.

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 a Tam Tam Mandingue professor.  She has traveled to Europe and Guinea, West Africa, for intensive study of Mandingue percussion.

Since 1992, Beth has been an accompanist and soloist for Santa Cruz area
West African dance classes, and she has performed with Mamady Keita, Babatunde Olatunji, and Mamadou and Mandjou Kone.  Beth assisted with the English translation of A Life for the Djembe (second edition) by Mamady Keita and Uschi Billmeier.

Cost:  $10/class (discounts for prepayment of school year/series, members of
Santa Cruz Ethnic Arts Network)


Lazaro Galarraga
Post Office Box 1470
Santa Monica 90406-1470
Telephone....(213) 390-7297
Fax: (213) 936-3929

Or contact's email:
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
Santa Monica Zip: 90406-1470
Telephone....(213) 390-7297
Fax: (213) 936-3929
Email: .
Or contact's email:
Style of Drumming: Latin-Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rap, etc...
Other percussion instruments taught: If it makes noise he can play it!
Individual Fees: To be arranged Group Fees: To be arranged
Comments: For informational packages call Jake Alba
(213) 390-PAWS

Santa Rosa


Onye Onyemaechi
Village Rhythms
PO Box 4365, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Tel: (707) 528-4458
Igbote Center

He is a Master drummer, from Nigeria teaching djembe, djun djun as well as congas.   He teaches classes on Tuesday evenings in Santa Rosa, and is also is an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University where he teaches drumming on Tuesday afternoons.  He also teaches in Marin County.  Additionally, he travels around the world bringing the message of the drum.  Recently he has been in Ashland, NC, Kansas City, MO and Switzerland. 

4849 Petaluma Hill Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707 585-6828
Teaches hand percussion
Personal Statement follows:
Sahar's instruction includes using drumming as a tool for personal growth and meditation. This method of instruction is to distill ther personal ryhtm and direction of each student and guide them to their desired goal. Teaches a variety of world hand drums; most passionate about tabla which I consider to be the most versatile drums in the world.
Performances : National Cathedral in Washington, DC, United Nations in San Francisco and Gyoto Monks.

Kim Atkinson
Pulsewave Percussion
P O Box 703
Sebastopol, CA 95473
707 823-8885
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.
CONGA AND PERCUSSION class has 5 levels


Pam Nishikawa
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


STYLE OF DRUM: Djembe and dunun
Description of Drum Classes: Beginning through intermediate; beginning
students should probably take a few private lessons with me first before
joining the ongoing class; cost is $25 for a private lesson.
We are learning popular djembe rhythms such as Kuku, Yankadi/Makuru and also playing both traditional and ballet style dunun, while emphasizing correct playing technique.
Resumé of teacher  Pam Nishikawa has taught djembe drumming in
Santa Barbara and Ventura for the last 4 years and has recently moved to Whittier, CA. She was leader of the all-woman percussion group A Joyful
Noise in Santa Barbara, CA.