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Drum Circles

West African Dance Teachers

Candace Freeland
Style of drumming: West African-style hand drum technique:
Tuesdays, from 7-8:30 pm.
Teaches beginners classes and private lessons.

Khalid Saleem
former musical director of Chuck Davis' African-American Dance Ensembles, student of Ladji Camara among many others. Teaches West African music and drumming at SUNY Brockport.

Bradley Simmons

former musical director of Chuck Davis' African-American Dance Ensemble and musical director of Cultural
Journeys. Teaches Afro-Cuban and West African djembe/djundjun drumming.
West African music
and history on djembe, dun dun, songba and kenkini, at Duke University in North Carolina.

Beverly Botsford
multicultural percussionist. Teaches West African
djembe/djundjun classes and Afro-Cuban classes.


Fahali Igbo
821 Burch Ave. #1
Durham, North Carolina 27701
(919) 956- 8508
Percussionist, Acoustic bass, Electric bass, Kora.
Teaches Afro- Cuban, Congolese, and West African styles of percussion.
Beginning and advanced classes / sessions/ workshops/ or residencies offered.
Drum Workshop Intensives and residencies possible by arrangement.
Write or leave message.

Mohamed DaCosta
336 274-8940
Teachers Country of origin:   Guinea West Africa
STYLE OF DANCE: Djembe Dance and Drumming class
Description of Dance Classes: Intermediate/ Advance level classes originating from Guinea West Africa
Greensboro NC

Class Schedule & Fees:         $10.00
master drummer from Guinea W.A. Can be reached through Sandy or Chris at Talking Drums,

Jamala Productions
Abdoulaye Diop-
Master Guewel (drummer)
Teacher's country of origin: Dakar, Senegal
West African Drumming: Sabar, Djembe, Doon Doon, etc.
Available for Hire
Location: Greensboro, NC
(336) 282-3038


Kevin Holland
153 Cottontail LN  Concord, NC  28025
Class Schedule, Location & Fees: call or e-mail for information
STYLE OF DRUM: djembe, djun djun, conga, ashiko, all ethnic percussion
Description of Drum Classes:  private and class instruction for all levels, beginners to advanced, in West African and Afro-Cuban techniques and rhythms.Thank you! Kevin Holland


Abdul-AZIZ Sinka
Oneaka Dance Company 10421 Yellow Rose Lane Charlotte, NC 28269
Charlotte, NC, USA and Berlin, Germany
PHONE: 704-299-7432
EMAIL contact:
Class Schedule, Location & Fees:
Fee: $15

Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm Beginners
Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 pm Advanced
Location: 10421 Yellow Rose Lane Charlotte, NC 28269

10:30 –11:30 Beginners
1:00- 2:30 pm Intermediate Advanced
Location: Iman Hair Braiding (Dance Studio)
4539 The Plaza Charlotte, NC 28215 (Intersection of Eastway & the Plaza)

Teachers Country of Origin and Village:
Burkina Faso
STYLE OF DRUM: Djembe, DounDoun, Talking Drum
Other Instruments: Balaphon, Ngomi
Description of Drum Classes: Aziz teaches drum technique.

Résumé of teacher: The Oneaka Dance Company presents Abdoul Aziz Sinka master teacher of traditional and modern Burkina Faso rhythms. Aziz is a lecturer of music, professional actor and musician in Berlin, Germany. He is founder of Lanaya, an African drum band specializing in “powerfully furious rhythms, songs and dances of the Manding, and other African cultures”. Other artistic projects include film, theatre productions, concerts, and numerous other musical workshops

Matt Savage
465 Jones Branch Rd 
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 929-7794
FAX - Same

 Progressive Percussion Studios Raleigh,
NC(every other Wednesday night)7:30 - 9:00 Cost $25.00 , 
Music Explorium,
Carrboro, NC (every other Wednesday night) Cost $15.00 7pm-9pm

Teachers Country of Origin and Village:, Syracuse, NY

STYLE OF DRUM: - Djembe, Conga, Ashiko

Description of Drum Classes:
Matt Savage Hand Drum / Drum Circle Class Curriculum

1. Development of Tones
     a. Bass Tone
     b. Open Tones
     c. Various Slap Tones
     d. Heel -Toe Motion

2. Tuning for characteristic sounds on Conga, Djembe, Bongos, Djun Djun etc.

3. Rhythmic Exercises to improve and develop inner pulse, sense of time and
rhythmic sensibility.

4. Teaching of various African and Latin traditional rhythms.

5. Improve solo/improvisational skills 

6. Discuss and explore the therapeutic benefits of drumming.

7. Develop the rhythmic skills needed to succeed in drum circles or other
various musical situations, such as creativity, communication, sensitivity,
listening skills, flexibility, etc.

Angel Shannon
Teachers Country of origin: United States
STYLE OF DANCE: West African
Description of Dance Classes: 1 hour class; Warm-up, moves across the floor,
cool down
LOCATION:Winston Salem, NC
ADDRESS: Call or email (locations change)
Winston Salem, NC, USA
PHONE: (336) 722-2493
EMAIL contact:
Class Schedule & Fees: Generally $10, but call for special discounts
Resumé of teacher (if available - 25 words): Angel has twelve years of
ballet training and eight years of African Dance training by studying with
Nashville Ballet Co., retirees of the National Senegal Ballet, and

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