African Drum Circles
MA African Dance Teachers
Boston-drum This is a list where people in the greater Boston area can post formal and informal events and gatherings, from concerts to pick-up drum circles or practices. In addition, this is a resource for discussions of general drumming interest, though topics of particular interest to the Boston and Greater Boston Area drumming communities are particularly encouraged and welcome. Keywords: drum, drumming, hand drum, hand drumming, djembe, ashiko, conga, african, Caribbean, afro-Cuban, Boston.
WADaBo West African Dance in Boston - Dedicated to the Promotion and Joy of West African Dance and Drum
Marilyn directs the Bamidele Drummers and Dancers, named after her late husband.
teaching African and African-rooted dance:
Mt. Holyoke College - Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Amherst College - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. My husband, Sekou Sylla teaches at Greenfield Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 1:00-2;30 p.m.
Gervais Dance Studio in Hadley, Mass. Available for residencies, concerts, and workshops.
Arlington Center for the Arts
41 Foster Street
Arlington, MA 02474
The Gibbs School
50 Tufts Street
Arlington, MA 02474
Easy parking at all of our locations. T accessible.
PO Box 1311
Arlington, MA 02474
NOTE: We teach at various locations in the Boston area.
Please check where your class is taking place. Also, our
Drum Circle location can vary. Please check!
West African djembe & dunun instruction including solo phrasing and technique; Cuban conga drumming; Shakere; Drum kit; Classical percussion
Private lessons by appointment well in advance
Class lessons for beginners
Cambridge Center for Adult Education (6 semester sessions throughout the year), Cambridge MA, Interface, Newtonville, MA,
Drum Night at The Unicorn, Arlington, MA(quarterly),
Drum Day at The Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA (quarterly)
Level 2 classes: The Drum Connection, Thursday evenings, advance registration.
Level 3 classes: The Drum Connection, Monday evenings, advance registration.
Intermediate Classes: The Drum Connection, Friday Drum Class, quarterly with advance registration and drop-ins encouraged to check us out. This is a fast paced class with strong players. Solo instruction included.
Drum Assistant and Teacher in Training programs designed to help you get the most out of your studies available.
Contact Alan for more information on these exciting tracks!
Please visit The Drum Connection home page for more information.
Tel: 860 429-9280
"Introduction to African Drumming" available at
following adult education centers:
505 Talbot Ave. #1, Boston, MA 02124
Phone: (617) 970-5587
Saturdays, 3:30-5 p Cambridge, MA
Thursdays, 7:30 - 9 Providence, RI
Classes are ongoing & welcome to all-levels. Drop-ins are welcome. $10 per class.
Contact Moussa for more information.
Country of Origin: Mali, West Africa Village: Souleye, Macina Ethnic group: Bamana
Teaches and plays: jembe, dundun, kenkeni, shakare, bell
Style: traditional Mande rhythms of Mali
Comments: teaches all levels from beginning to advanced/professional
Apprenticeships in drum-making available
Performances & Workshops offered frequently throughout New England
Recently released CD, "Mali Foli" [WEB]
Moussa Traoré was born and raised in Mali, West Africa. He has been playing the jembe for the past twenty-five years. At the age of 17, Moussa began achieving great recognition throughout Mali as a gifted musician in the theater, in traditional ceremonies as well as in the Malian pop music scene. He has played with several companies, including the National Ballet of Mali, and until his recent move to the United States, Moussa was the director and lead jembefola of Troupe Komi Djossé in Bamako, Mali. Since 1991, Moussa has played jembe on the recordings of more Malian pop artists than any other drummer in Mali. In addition to his extensive performance and recording career, Moussa has established himself as an internationally respected teacher of traditional Mande music. Moussa currently performs and teaches regularly in Boston, MA.
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