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TexasDrumsDances listserv is about announcements and descriptions of hand drum and dance circles, jams, workshops in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado and New Mexico and covering African, Middle Eastern,  Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, Afro-Brazilian, Rhythmaculture and other related hand drum & dance venues/circles.
Alseny Sylla
Call 512-926-3883
originally from Guinea, West Africa

Teaching djembe and djun djun

Thursday Beginner class (combination djembe and
djun djun)
7:00-8:00. $15.
Arabic Bazaar
 5013 Duval (51st & Duval, next to Flight Path Coffee House)

He is also available for private individual and group instruction as well as workshop teaching and performance work for festivals, etc.

Eric Dannenbaum
Rhythms of Cuba and Haiti
(512) 459-9675

Initiated ceremonial drummer. Respectful of spiritual underpinnings of the music taught. Teaching style is patient and thorough. Group lessons offered year-around in six-week sessions. Private lessons by appointment. Drums can be provided for students without.
Dance and Drum Workshops in other cities by request.

Sevylla del Mazo
Flamenco, Latin, Caribbean, Jazz, New Age & World Music
Austin, TX

Sherry Gingras
3700 1/2 Kerby Lane


Sherry, studying West African music since 1996, a certified Drum Circle
Facilitator, opened DRUMZ in 2003, teaches classes.

She has studied with Mamady Keita and Famadou Konate, two world renown
Master djembe players and teachers, and Moussa Diabate, all from Guinea, Yao
Angelo (Ivory Coast), and others. Sherry has also studied with the most
renown female teachers of djembe, including Edwina Tyler, Ubaka Hill, Afia
Walkingtree, Linda Thomas-Jones, and Sheri Baby Canon.

Michael Kenny MMT, MT-BC
Music Therapy, Drumming and
Rhythm Events
9022 San Benito Way
Dallas, TX 75218

Wednesday beginner Djembe Class
Across the Street Bar
5625 Yale Blvd
Dallas, TX 75206
8 PM   $15


Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 p.m.


Moussa Diabate taught me to drum
Sundays @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
CHI Yoga
807 Fletcher St.
Dallas, TX 75204
214 557 6408 CHI Yoga


Contact Moussa <
214 766-4877
or email
Participants will learn basic West African drumming techniques and rhythmic patterns on the djembe and djun djun. Students will also learn the history of various dance, ceremonies, and rhythms learned. Beginners are welcome.

We have a fun class. Come join us!

Drum classes are $15.00 per class, or you can purchase 6 classes for $75.00.
Bring your Djembes, Ashikos and Djun Djuns. Some drums are available and for sale.

If you have any questions, you can contact Moussa at 214-766-4877

About Moussa:
Djeli Moussa Diabate is a Griot, Master Dancer and Drummer from the National Ballet of Guinea, West Africa. He has performed on Broadway at the New York Public Theater with George C. Wolf and Patrick Steward; at Yale Repertory Theater; the Brooklyn Academy of Music; the University of Texas in Austin; and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was assistant choreographer to Savion Glover in “Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk” on Broadway, and much more.

Mohamed Camara, accompanied by Moussa Diabate
807 Fletcher
Dallas, TX, USA
Sundays 2PM-3:30PM.
Fees: $15 for drop in- $130 for ten classes
Teachers Country of Origin and Village:Conakry, Guinea, West Africa
STYLE: :West African
Description of Drum Classes: Ample learning of djembe and dunun for the beginner and the experienced drummer




drumcircle facilitator; Producer of drumming events. Djembe-L FAQ webmaster and moderator; Texas Drums Community networker; founder of Drums not guns.

Jamal Mohamed
Dallas, TX
    Jamal is a percussion instructor and dance accompaniment at SMU. A member of D'Drum and Beledi Ensemble, he has been playing drums for 35 years and has composed soundtracks for theatrical production. Private lessons ONLY!

Eric Stuer
(deceased 6-6-08)
Web Site

  Ramon, from Cuba,  is the percussionist with the "Havana Boys."  Ramon is very professional in his approach to teaching. He provides handouts containing written exercises for practice between   classes. This is a great deal for serious Conga players.

Greg Beck
908 Anna St
Denton, Texas 76202

Style of drumming taught: Guinean djembe - emphasis on technique and deeper levels of tone.
Group Fees: $130 for 6 week class,  
Individual lessons: by appointment.
Also teaches: shekere, bells, conga, solo, drumset and anything that makes sound.
Repairs djembes.

Jorge Ginorio
(972) 602-0525
Levels: Beginners through Advance
Styles: Afro-Cuban Popular and Folkloric Percussion - (Tumbadoras, Bongó, Timbal, Shekere, Batá)
Brazilian Percussion-(Surdo, Tamborim, Repinique, Caixa, Pandeiro, Cuica, Agogo, Ganza)
        Afro-Puerto Rican Percussion- (Barriles de Bomba o Burleadores,
        Panderetas de Plena).
Private lessons by appointment.

Jorge Ginorio Bonilla is a professional percussionist from Aibonito, Puerto Rico. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and has studied in Canada, Cuba, and Puerto Rico with master
percussionists Jose Luis Quintana "Changuito", Carlos Aldama, Regino
Jimenez, Michael Spiro, and the late Enrique "Papi" Mesa from Matanzas,


Eddie Dunlap
adult hand drumming classes at
Eastside Neighborhood Arts Center
400 Mount Vernon
Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00pm.
$5.00 a class $20.00 for the month.

 The classes typically are for beginners with a new rhythm taught each week. Maybe if we got enough folks to attend we could extend it to a weekly drum jam!(?) About time Fort Worth had one!

The address is 3400 Mount Vernon.  I-30 to Beach Street, south on Beach to Lancaster, right (east) on Lancaster to Collard, left (north) on Collard to Mount Vernon and right (east) on Mount Vernon two blocks. The
center is on the south side of the street and is a lovely Frank Lloyd Wright style building in red brick with beautiful windows.

Eddie teaches adults & kids and leads the MONDO Drummers which is a kids group that performs regularly at Fort Worth events and they have quite a sound!

Short bio on Eddie Dunlap..."began playing professionally at 10. He has over 30 years experience in drum set, hand drums and all manner of percussion instruments from around the world. He has performed with
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mose Alison, French tap dancer Sara Peronio, and Master Cylinder."  

Come on Fort Worth drummers lets meet, greet, and drum!

 Alafia Gaidi
3414 La Branch @ Halman St

drum classes here in Houston ( jembe, ashiko, jun-jun ).  The classes are on Thursdays , 6:30p.m. - the Midtown Art Center.  The cost is a nominal 10.00 per class. During the month of August, 2000, special drum and dance masters are in Houston.  See web page for more info.

Baba Ogunrinde Cedrick Washington


Location: Five Element Kung-Fu/Wu-SU Martial Arts Studio
2327 San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX 77004

Phone Number: 832-338-4199

SUNDAYS: 2:30 p.m.- 3:45 p.m.
March 15 through June 14, 2009-Beginner/Intermediate
Children-all ages: 1 Class $6.00; 2 Classes $10.00; 3 Classes $20.00

Adults classes: 1 Class $15.00 ; 2 Classes $25.00; 3 Classes $35.00

Drum Instructor: Baba Ogunrinde Cedrick Washington, 23 year traditional drummer of West African culture.
Teachers who taught him: Mamady Keita, M' Bemba Bangoura,
Baba Barago Hayes, Fode Bangoura, and Laurent Camara just to name a few. He has studied and played for companies both West African and modern dance companies throughout the United States.

Performances and workshops: The late Catherine Dunham; Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble Uhuru Dance Company,
D'Jely Kunda, Kuumba House Dance Theatre, Kouman Ke'le' Dance African Dance and Drum Ensemble, just to name only a few.

Traditional West African Rhythms of Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast

Price $15.00


Authentic West African Djembe Class
Time:   12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
:   Saturdays.
Location:   Creative Life Church, Spring, TX
Street:   5326 Spring-Steubner Rd.
City State Zip:   Spring, TX
Phone:   281-350-5157
Notes:   Authentic West African djembe drumming taught by Baba Abubakr Kouyate, a master drummer with 40 years of experience in the African village style of Guinea and Mali. All ages and all levels. Bring a djembe or ashiko if you can. If not, there are a few to borrow. Call Baba Abubakr at 713-521-7240 or 832-279-0879.



Kelly Barber
Action Sound
903- 984-4262
Drum appraiser

Aaron Guidry

I studied African Drumming and Dance with Paschal Yao Younge while obtaining
my Master's degree from the World Music Center at West Virginia University.
In that time, I travelled to Ghana, West Africa, and participated in village
tours and classes at the University of Ghana, Legon.  Owning over 40 African
instruments, including drums, bells, rattles, and flutes, I teach the
drumming, dance, and songs of many West African dances.  Plus djembe.