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HOBE SOUND MIAMI TALLAHASSEE
Cheri Lunn
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 West African hand drumming, djembe, ashiko, some djun djun.  Basic beginner level classes, twice weekly.  Learn some traditional parts with emphasis being on finding your own
voice on the drum and using it as a
transformational tool for self expression. 

Classes are $10.  Email for more info.

JAN SEBON
(786)   326-4207
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drummer/media personality/writer Jan Sebon (bio below) in Miami every
Tuesday evening. Sebon is teaching traditional West African (Mandingue) and
Afro-Caribbean rhythms.  Discover the natural rhythms of your body.  Heal
your soul and lift your spirit.  Have fun with a drum!  All ages/experience
levels welcome.
Class schedule etc.:
TUESDAY EVENINGS 7-9
CONSCIOUS LIVING CENTER
307 N. ROYAL POINCIANA BLVD.
MIAMI SPRINGS, FL 33166
(CONVENIENT TO THE PALMETTO AND AIRPORT EXPRESSWAYS,
JUST NORTH OF THE AIRPORT)
CALL (305) 887-1150 OR TEACHER FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS
$15 per session, includes written materials; drums available for rental

ALSO:
Goddess store in Hollywood, Fl.


Instruments: Djembe, Dununba, Sangban, Kenkeni

Resume of teacher:
Sebon! has played and composed music since his childhood in Haiti, and has
formally studied West African drumming with André Crosby of Trinidad, Lizie
Tra-Bi and Eric Bli-Bi of Ivory Coast, Bobby Thomas, Jr. of Miami (and the
world!!!),Wade Peterson of San Francisco, Mamady Keita, and other African
masters.  His virtuosity encompasses traditional Caribbean and West African
as well as classical and jazz forms and styles. In 1985 he founded the
"Vodou Jazz" band KAZAK.  KAZAK's unique fusion of "Rasin" (Haitian Roots
music), jazz, political commentary, and electric stage presence led it to be
voted "Best Haitian Band" in the Miami New Times for three consecutive
years, as well as garnering awards for its educational programs.    Sebon!'s
current band, "Mundo Vibe", continues this tradition of excitement and
excellence.

Mory Fofana
3000 NE 151 St.
 Miami FL 33181
PHONE: 813-775-5708/305-978-3866
FAX: 813-236-9168
EMAIL contact: delouafrica@yahoo..com
URL www.delouafrica.com  www.myspace.com/moryfofana
Class Schedule: private classes
Location: Miami/Tampa
Fees:depends on number of students
Teachers Country of Origin and Village: Guinea West Africa/Faranah
STYLE OF DRUM: Djembe Doun-Doun Percussion Instruments
Description of Drum Classes: Traditional Drum technique
Resumé of teacher:
Mory Fofana was born in Conakry, Guinee. As a young boy of 5, he started playing drums. After spending all day in school, he would practice drumming, hip-hop and break dancing. Between the ages of 10 to 15, Mory traveled around West Africa with group Saamato, performing and teaching dance and drum. Mory has performed with many different companies, including, Ballets African, Ballet Jolleba, Koukoure Bamba, Ballet Solie D'Afrique, Mervielle De Guinea and Gbessi Colo. Mory has had the opportunity to tour with Wofa of Guinea for five years. He is currently working with Delou Africa Dance Ensemble Inc. in South Florida.

Ibrahima Dioubate Balaphonist/Griot
3000 NE 151 St
Miami FL 33181
Academic 2 bldg. Rm. 220
PHONE: 813-326-9922
FAX: 813-236-9168
EMAIL:fatala07@yahoo.com
URL: www.delouafrica.com/IbrBal.htm
Class Schedule:Private classes,
Location: Miami/Tampa &
Fees: $25.00
Teachers Country of Origin and Village:Guinea West Africa/Fria
STYLE OF DRUM/MUSIC: Balafon/Djun-Djun/Bote
Description of Drum/Music Classes:Teaches traditional technique
Resumé of teacher:
Ibrahima Dioubate was born In Guinea West Africa. His lineage is griot (oral historians) and all his family members are musicians and singers. Ibrahima has been playing the balafon since he was seven years old.. Ibrahima also plays the Djun-Djun drum and other traditional instruments. In 1968 he started his first company with his family in the village of Fria. He was then taken from his village to join another company called Troupe Fatala in the city of Conakry. In 1984 he traveled to Senegal and Gambia West Africa. Ibrahima was the featured balafonist for the Gambia National Troupe and the Ballet Bougarabou in Senegal. Ibrahima is presently with Delou Africa Dance Ensemble as a music consultant where he teaches traditional music. Ibrahma’s aspirations are to enlighten and teach people about traditional West African Music and Instruments.



Stone Montgomery
2001 Warwick St
850-575-8996
Email
 web site under construction.
            Style of drumming: Senegalese: djembe, dundun, tama, some balaphones at beginners level, songba and beginners dance.
Drum class every Thursday 7:30-9:00
                       contact Stone for location                                                                
I am presently the lead drummer and future musical director for the african and Caribbean dance theater of Tallahassee, FL soon to come the T.H.E Percussion Choir          
GAINESVILLE FT. LAUDERDALE ST. PETERSBURG
LEON LARSON  ( Baba Leon)
1631 NW 94TH STREET
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 32606  USA
352-331-8017          800-920-0418
FAX  352-371-6557

Email
www.LJPercussion.com
Class Schedule, Location & Fees: 
Individual and group workshops available
SANTA FE COMM. COLL  Leisure courses  Call 352-395-5193

STYLE OF DRUM: African/ Afro-Cuban  Djembe, Ashiko,Djun Djun, Songba, Kenkini , Dun Dun,  Shekere' Gonkoque, etc
Description of Drum Classes:  Beginner through intermediate.  Proper hand positions, individual and ensemble work.  Get into the Spirit of the Drum and the joy of drumming.
Resumé of teacher: 40+ years experience See web site.

Zeva Soroker
954-753-9491
Coral Springs/ Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood/Pembroke Pines

Email
Web

As director of Venus Rising, an all-female percussion and dance ensemble specializing in W. African & Middle Eastern rhythms and movements, Zeva brings her passionate love of the beat to many audiences.   

Zeva teaches at the Lotus Dance Studio (www.LotusDanceStudio.com) Monday nites from 7:30-8:30 pm.  Beginner to advanced students welcome.  Classes cover the basics of proper technique, rhythmic training, as well as ensemble playing. Instruments include djembe, junjun, bells, krin, & dumbek.  Also available: goddess workshops, children’s classes and private classes upon request. 

Zeva has studied with numerous African djembefolas both abroad and in the U.S.  She has performed with a variety of musical and dance companies including Delou Africa, Journey to Africa, Mundo Vibe, Nankama2000, Oriki Theatre, & Recreate & Move. Currently Zeva performs and collaborates with Takara Women’s Ensemble (directed by Corina Fitch) as well as Children of Kuumba (a children’s dance company under the direction of Anita MacBeth).

 Interested women performers are invited to audition for Venus Rising. Rehearsals held on Saturdays. For more info. please call 954-753-9491.

 

Malik Faye
1111 18th Ave South, 
St. Petersburg, Florida
Contact Don at: 
Email
Web
Learn basic through advanced West African Drum & Dance Rhythms.  Specializing in Djembe, Sabarr & Katero.
Group class on Monday evenings 6:00pm to 7:00pm, $10.00.
Currently looking for a larger studio to include African Dance as well.  West African Drum sales and repair available.  Students should have their own drums.   Individual classes available.  Malik was a member and toured with the Orchestre National of the
Senegal Republic with over 20 years of experience.
Please e-mail for more info.
GULF BREEZE HOLLYWOOD  
Blackwater Drumming
Michael Kinser
209 Fairpoint Dr
Gulf Breeze, Florida/32561
h: 850-916-2197
c. 252-422-2503

EMAIL
Classes meet Tuesday nights. $15 per 1 hour lesson- $75 for course
STYLE OF DRUM: World Beat Fusion

Description of Drum Classes:

Djembe I- basic playing technique, history, basic drum care, timing, and listening are emphasized. Creativity Diversity and Unity are the foundation of Classes
Djembe II- we concentrate on more complex polyrhythms, Music Theory, Improvisation, and call and response within rhythms.

Each class is 6 weeks long.

Drumming Making- Make your own Djembe or Ashiko- 1 day workshop prices varies.

Resumé of teacher (25 words): Lead drummer for the Blackwater Tribe of Pensacola, FL , Artist in residence with Northwest Florida Ballet, Executive Director of the Evolution Experimental Art Project.

 
Ben Isaacs AKA ProfessorSlap
DRUMMING OF WEST AFRICA
1723 Washington St. #3
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954)822-7189
EMAIL

Learn the technique and rhythms to play Djembe and Djundjun with ProfessorSlap
When: Saturdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: The Goddess Store & Studio
2017 Harrison St.
Downtown Hollywood, FL
(954)929-2369
www.goddessstore.com
Investment to self:
$15 - drop-in single class
$60 - 5 classes
$100 - 10 classes

ProfessorSlap has been studying, performing, recording and teaching for 17 years. He has been playing music his whole life. When 18, he was introduced to West African percussion. This started a passionate connection with hand percussion that has grown and expanded for the last 16 years. He has studied Djembe, Djunjun, Tama, Sabar, Ceruba/Kutiro, Krin, Bougarabou and Balaphone.
ProfessorSlap has travelled twice to West Africa to better understand the culture from which the music comes and to study with master percussionists there, as well as in the USA. His teachers are from all ever West Africa and include Abdouli Diakite, Karamba Dioubate, Abdoul Doumbia, Mabiba Bagne, Sulemon Diop and Dibi Diop-Faye to name a few. He has played with various touring international artists including: Djaily Kunda Kouyate, Ibro Diabate, M'Balou Kante, Balla Tounkara, Karamba Diabate, Mohammed Kouyate, Lokole West and Central African Dance Ensamble, Delou West African Dance Ensamble, Panjea, Onye Onyamachi as well as leading his own original 14 piece urban Hip-Hop, soul, funk, jazz, West African group in California The Slaptones. He has also played for touring and local African dance teachers Allisane Kane, Assane and Oussaynou Kouyate, Nabi Camara, Mabiba Bagne, Alseny Soumey, Manjou Kone, Saidou Ba Camara and more. ProfessorSlap has taught private and group lessons for both adults and
children, performing from large venues to school assemblies
For him, music is a language that has no boundaries, and he plays with his full heart and soul behind every note expressed.