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Abdoulaye Sylla Has Passed

Abdoulaye Sylla
Abdoulaye Sylla

We are very saddened to hear that one of my friends and leading drummer and dancer of Guinean Music and Dance, truly one of the people who got it off the ground in New England and in many other places, passed on last night doing what he loved the most, teaching dance and helping people be the best they can be.

Always a gentleman. 

Truly born in the art of dance in Guinea, there for you know matter who you were, or what you wanted to be. An artist, a statesman, an incredible teacher and dancer. From the East Coast to the West Coast. He touched lives not just taught dance and drum. He helped people along their path or find new paths. He was a great man and is still a great spirit. One of the nicest people I ever met.

This was what he said.

From Abdoulaye to you…
"It brings me great joy to share my culture with others. I enjoy working with students of all ages, from preschool through college and even senior citizens. It is never too early or too late to start learning. Everyone can be moved by powerful spirit of Guinean music.

African dance and drum should be accessible to everyone. Our music is a universal language and I have seen many people whose spirits have been awoken by the magic of the drum. African dance nourishes the spirit, exercises the body and disciplines the mind.

My goal, whether it is through my drum and dance classes for children, youth, and adults or through my performances, is to touch everyone with a message of peace, love, respect, and unity for everyone."

Rest well my old buddy. We'll all miss you and never will you be forgotten. Thank you for all that you were and still are in my heart.

— with Abdoulaye Sylla.

Adult Beginners, Beyond and Mixed-Level Classes

Beginners Drumming Classes


Brookline Tuesdays in session 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (6 sessions) -  Tuesdays at 7:00pm - Mark Williams


Arlington Tuesdays begins July 21, 2015 - August 18, 2015 (5 sessions) - Tuesdays at 7:30pm - Nancy Bonner


Arlington Wednesdays begins July 22, 2015 - August 26, 2015 (6 sessions) - Wednesdays at 7:30pm - Audrey Diallo


Lexington Tuesdays begins April 28, 2015 (6 sessions) - Tuesdays at 7:00pm - DrumConnection Instructors


Newton Beginners begins April 8, 2015  (6 sessions) Wednesdays at 7:00pm - Lillian Hastie In session!


Make ups for our Beginner Classes are easy. See our Class Policies for more info.


 Arlington Kids Music and Rhythm Classes begins June 7, 2015 - with Audrey Diallo - By age groups. 3-5's and 6-8's (Infant and Toddlers to begin the following week. We will start week later than stated!!!




Mixed-Level Drumming Class

with Nancy Bonner

7/21/2015 ~ 8/18/2015

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Join in a really fun class for many levels; always fun!




Wednesday Drum Class

with Audrey Gaffron Diallo

7/22/2015 - 8/26, 2015 (6 sessions)

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Join in a really fun class for beginners as well as advanced beginners - many levels; Great, fun classes. No experience necessary but most people play a bit. - Drum rentals available.



Arlington Thursday Beginners Drumming Class

with Fanta Keita Tauber

February Session

5/28/2015 ~ 7/1/2015 (6 sessions)

7:15pm - 8:45pm

Beginners or Beyond - Enjoy learning djembe with Fanta as we go a little bit further with more rhythms and fun times! Appropriate for first timers and people who want to repeat the class. FUN!


Make ups for our Beginner Classes are easy. See our Class Policies for more info.


Adult Intermediate to Advanced Classes

Intermediate to Advanced Drumming


African Rhythm Sundays with Namory, Moussa or Issa - the BEST!


Begins Sunday, July 5, 2015 ~ August 9, 2015

5:00pm - 7:00pm (6 weeks) $165.-


Extraordinary classes that capture the pure essence of Africa and her rhythms, songs and movements!


Namory Keita or the great Master Moussa Traore of Mali, will be teaching the classes. Come on out and see how great a drum class and experience can be! Also, Issa Coulibaly, my good friend and excellent teacher, will be sitting in.


Moussa Traore was born and raised in Mali, West Africa. He has been playing the djembe for over thirty years, and in 1984,  he was deemed a "master" by Sega Cisse.  Since moving to the U.S., Moussa has continued to distinguish himself as a highly respected teacher and performer. 


Issa Coulibaly born and raised in Mali, has been with Drumconnection for about 10 years. He has helped us become known worldwide and continues to work with our students to help them be the best!


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Limited space. Registration required. You should be able to play some djembe for this class. Preregistration Required. Register online or call us for more info.



Performance Troupe Class

with Alan Tauber, Instructor

1/12/15 ~ 4/6/15 (instructor's approval required)

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Must have teacher approval to join. Contact Alan directly by email or phone.



Advanced Drumming Class

July 9, 2015 - September 10, 2015

7:30pm - 9:00pm

with Dean Fisher and Alan Tauber

Open to anyone who wants to learn at a faster paced level. Djembe and dunun is taught in a fun, exciting class. You will LOVE this!


KIds Drumming and Rhythm Classes

Kids having fun and learning music!
Kids having fun and learning music!


Kids Music, Rhythm & Drumming Class

with Audrey Diallo & Thierno Keita


Please don't wait! Classes will fill up; limited enrollment! Registration is required. No drop-ins.


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Kids Music, Rhythm & Drumming Class

with Audrey Diallo and Laura Smith


• Spring Semester begins: August 2, 2015 - August 30, 2015


We are accepting enrollment of children 3-5 yrs. and 6-8 yrs at this time. Classes will be held on Sunday late mornings depending on age of your children.


Fun, interactive, hands-on, movement filled class for children, featuring musical activities that include songs, movement, games, percussion instruments - playing, communicating and listening.


Learn to  play hand drums and stick drums, sing and do some dance moves with instructor of music, Audrey Diallo, Thierno Keita or me, Alan Tauber. This is a great 40-45 minutes of pure fun! Limited space. Registration required. Register online


Please don't wait! Classes will fill up; limited enrollment! Registration is required. No drop-ins. 


• 3 - 5 Year Rhythm Music Class - Sundays - 10 am start - Begins: August 2, 2015

• 6 - 8 Year Rhythm Music Class - Sundays - 11 am start - Begins: August 2, 2015


Please don't wait! Classes will fill up; limited enrollment! Registration is required. No drop-ins.


Travel to Guinea, West Africa THIS YEAR! 

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the best feeling in the world - a great drum class on the soil of Africa.
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Famoudou Konaté

Trip To Africa • January 18, 2015 to February 4, 2016

With the Master of Masters The Great Famoudou Konaté! It doesn't get better than this!


Make your plans NOW to travel with us to The Gambia! Learn drum, dance, and more. 


Join us for the trip of a lifetime, studying djembe and dunun drumming in Africa with Masters of the craft with Famoudou Koanté organizing and teaching all of us. A true cultural and musical immersion in Malinké music with the Master born into the rhythms of dununba and other inner Guinean famouos rhythms that everyone wants to learn, worldwide. 


Boston area’s DrumConnection is hosting an unforgettable journey to the birthplace of the djembe. In this 3 week trip you will have the opportunity to delve into the music and culture of the Gambia. Study drum and dance, attend festivals and celebrations, learn about the country and its people and discover the magic that IS Africa!  More info...

Drum Repair

Complete drum repair service. Using Guinean goat and cow skins and traditional methods, we will make your drum like new or really, better than new! We also can repair dunun, (djun-djun), doumbeks, congas, bongos and middle-eastern drums. Call or contact us today. 


Let us make your musical instruments better than new!

Our Philosophy - your enjoyment

Learn to play, get good and create community with us. Our music school is traditional African. Africa and her rhythms are alive for all drummers...right here in Boston!


NEW! Day and Evening Hand Drumming for Beginners - Adults and Kids - many cities and locations near you. Drum rentals available. Join us!


Sign up today add some rhythm, joy, community and new friends to your life. Dancing and Drumming are powerful, life-enriching & healing activities.  No experience necessary for most classes. Learn how to drum with us! Info on all classes>>

Visit our store online or on Mass Ave, Arlington, MA USA!

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