African Drumming Workshop - Bamidele Dancers & Drummers - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


West African Drumming Workshop

Type: Workshop|Remote
Art Form: Music|Early Childhood|Exploring Cultures|History, Math, Science
Grade Level: PreK-12
Scheduling Request

Sekou Sylla of Guinea, West Africa, teaches students some basic poly-rhythmic drumming styles and techniques used to play the main African percussion instruments: the djembe, djun djun, songban, kenkeni, log drum and African-inspired drums from the Caribbean and Brazil. They will also learn the cultural background and traditions associated with the instruments and the role of each drum within associated musical tradition.

Remote Learning Adaptation: In lieu of hand drums, students can use a pot, pan, box, (including oatmeal box), large can, bucket, plastic bottle, desk or table top, spoon, stick, or of course, any type of  percussion instrument on hand.

Program available in person, or live online.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 25
Curriculum Connection: African-American Studies, Multicultural Studies, Music, Physical Education, History and Social Sciences

Minimum of 2 workshops per day.

2 Workshops: $500
Additional or Post Performance Workshops: $200
Travel: $100 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts


A teacher in the room to support artist and address student needs.


Live Online

School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.

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