Boston's Djembe Drumming Community - School & Shop

Sunday! Namory Workshop 

Sunday Feb 29, 2015

5pm - 7pm 

Come try a class with Namory and you'll be hooked. Call: 781-316-8068

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Special Upcoming Drumming EVENTS!

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Namory Keita

African Rhythm Sundays atDrumConnection


begins March 8, 2015


Namory is a very tallented drummer from Sangbaralla, Guinea where he apprenticed with his uncle, the legendary Famoudou Konaté. Namory is known for his love of his village, his respect for traditional music, and his infectious smile and joy of life. We also expect famous guest artists this semester.


I know you will feel right at home with Namory. I've known Namory since the old days in Guinea and we've spent many times together. As with all DrumConnection instructors, I am so pleased to have him join our staff. And to be able to present such a consistantly high level of instruction makes all the hard work pay off for you, the students of the drum.

If you will join us on this 6-week drumming adventure, you are sure to have the time of your life studdying the 'real deal' with the young master. You will be filled with not only rhythm and history, but a joy that you will carry with you throughout the week and maybe your life!

 More info >>                 Register Now >>

Drum Mass
Bolokada Condé

Bolokada Condé Complete Workshop Experience!


April 17, 18 & 19, 2015


Bolokada Conde is true Master Djembefola (master drummer), expert of Malinke Rhythms and one of world’s best djembe players and teachers. He is clear, clean and precise with a huge amount of enthusiasm and excitement! He is one of if not the hottest drummer and sweetest teacher in the world today! Read that again - If you came to learn with Bolokada last year or have studied with Mamady Keita, THIS is the man to learn from.


Bolokada Conde and Mamady Keita teamed up for a Canadian tour in 2012 as Bolokada replaced Famoudou Konaté (the GREATEST MASTER) and achieved total stardom! FUN, CLEAR, AUTHENTIC, AMAZING SOLOIST1


Bio of Bolokada>  Videos too>  Magazine Article

Adult Beginners, Beyond and Mixed-Level Classes

Beginners Drumming Classes

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! No experience necessary.


Brookline Tuesdays begins January 13, 2015 to February 24, 2015 (6 sessions) -  Tuesdays at 7:00pm - Mark Williams


Arlington Tuesdays begins March 17, 2015 - April 14, 2015 (5 sessions) - Tuesdays at 7:30pm - Nancy Bonner


Arlington Wednesdays begins February 4, 2015 to March 25, 2015 (8 sessions) - Wednesdays at 7:30pm - Audrey Diallo


NEW! Arlington Thursdays begins February 19, 2015 to April 2, 2015 (7 sessions) - Thursdays at 7:15pm - Fanta Keita and Alan Tauber


Lexington Tuesdays begins February 10, 2015 (6 sessions) - Tuesdays at 7:00pm - DrumConnection Instructors


Newton Beginners begins January 21, 2015 - March 4, 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 soon in 2015 - with Guest Instructor - By age group. Will be updated soon!




Mixed-Level Drumming Class

with Nancy Bonner

3/17/2015 ~ 4/14/2015

7:30pm - 9:00pm

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




Wednesday Drum Class

with Audrey Gaffron Diallo

2/4/2015 ~ 3/25/2015

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

2/19/2015 ~ 4/2/2015 (7 sessions)

We are unsure if we will have to postpone the start date of this class by one week.

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


NEW Africa Sunday Workshop Series with Namory Keita and Famous Guest Artists

with Namory Keita

3/8/2015 ~ 4/12/2015

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

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 ~ 3/16/15 (instructor's approval required)

7:00pm - 9:00pm

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



Advanced Drumming Class

1/22/2015 ~ 3/26/15

7:30pm - 9:00pm

with Liz Pacheco, 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


• Winter Semester begins: March 22, 2015 - April 26, 2015


We are accepting enrollment of children 3-5 and 6-8 years of all ages at this time. Learn to  play hand drums and stick drums, sing and do some dance moves with instructor of music, Audrey. This is a great 45 minutes of pure fun! Limited space. Registration required. Register online


Please don't wait! Classes will fill up; limited enrollment!




Djembe Technique Workshop  I

with Alan Tauber

February 13, 2015

7:00pm - 9:00pm


Come learn the technique of the djembe and getting the sound you always wanted. Alan will show you how to make playing better, faster and more musical. You will get hands- on playing time and suggestions will be made for all students. You will leave playing so much better than you came.


A little ‘to-do list’ of things to focus on to make your djembe sound like a musical instrument will be highlighted. Do NOT miss this! I hope you will join us!


You do not have to play djembe to take this workshop. This is excellent for first-timers! And you may use on of our drums!


Djembe Technique Workshop II

with Alan Tauber

February 27, 2015

7:00pm - 9:00pm


For those who have taken Djembe Technique Workshop and would like to improve even more, this is just for you. We will take everything up a notch and fleshier tones, brighter slaps and easy bass. Our percentage of great sounds will go up!


Alan will focus on not only the sounds but how they move ad sound in rhythm by playing in what westerners call in 4, 6 and in 12. It's all about music and we will get further along from playing a rhythm correctly to making it SING!


More hands on drumming time - feedback and suggestions tailored to your playing. We hope you will join us and encourage you to do it!


Travel to Guinea, West Africa THIS YEAR! 

drum class - Mamady Kourouma
drum class - Mamady Kouyate, Banjou
the best feeling in the world - a great drum class on the soil of Africa.
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Banjou on dununba - asst instructor
Mamady & Mamady
Mamady Kouyate - Instructor
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Famoudou Konaté

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

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>>

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