Classes and Special Events!

Sunday Advanced Class 

Balafon Introduction Workshop

July 25, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm

with Abou Sylla at DrumConnection


Abou Sylla's Intro to the Balafon Workshop

The great balafonist Abou Sylla has been performing and teaching in the United States and abroad for the past twenty years. 


Abou Sylla was born into a family of musicians in Conakry, Guinea in West Africa. Abou’s musical career began at the age of five when his uncle gave him a djembe.


When he was a child, Abou moved from Conakry to a village where he began his study of the balafon. He lived, studied and performed with his balafon teacher until he was nineteen, at which time he moved back to Conakry to perform with his family, as well as other musicians.


After returning to Conakry, Abou was invited to join Les Ballets Africains, the prestigious national dance company of Guinea. For six years he performed with them, playing not one, but five instruments – the balafon, djembe, krin, doundoun and bote.


Abou has performed in Africa, Holland and throughout the United States.



Drumming Classes and Workshops


Shakeré Workshop

with Bill Mitkoff

To be scheduled this semester

7:00pm - 9:00pm


This informative and fun workshop will give you some history and how the shakeré is used in folkloric traditions especially in Afro-Cuban and Latin music. The shakeré, a musical instrument that is fun and exciting to play, is a natural gourd instrument covered with strings, rope and beads to make a basket which strikes the calabash.

DrumConnection offers drumming classes for all levels, from people who have never touched a drum before to professional-level players with years of experience. Classes are held 7 days a week at our Arlington location and throughout the greater Boston area. We also host bi-weekly open Drum Circles on Friday nights, offering a fun community drumming experience for all. And the alternate Friday nights are dedicated to workshops focusing on specific aspects of African hand drumming. More info, more classes on side navication on your Right.




Additional information about our special events is posted below. Or click the menu items in the Navigation Bar to the left for more details on Weekly Drumming Classes.

Drum Circles


DrumCircle - Arlington

November 2015

7:00pm - 9:00pm


Great Drumming and Community in the Boston Area! Just come! Go to and RSVP if you would. For the indoor circle we always have drums and no chairs needed.


DrumCircle - Framingham

November 2015

7:00pm - 9:00pm


For the indoor circle we always have drums and no chairs needed. If you have drums, we'd appreciate it if you could bring. Please RSVP with 'Need a Drum' so we know how many to bring.


Drum Circle Comments

Awesome! My son, his friend and I loved it. Mark (my son) said it was his best music night ever!!!

- Arlene L. 10/19/2012


Really awesome! Best $10 I've spent. For 2 hours Alan and Fanta (his wife, I believe) lead the group with humor and a lot of fun! We'll be back almost every Friday we can!

-John M. 4/28/14  Read more >


Travel To Africa This January 2016

Travel to Guinea, West Africa THIS January with us! 


Famoudou Konaté, the living legend of the Malinké djembe and dunun drummers teams up with DrumConnection of Boston, MA. We are accepting deposits on this year's trip to study drumming, dance and much more. A true cultural immersion in culture of Guinea. Read more >

Mamady Keita

Trip To Africa • January 9 - January 30, 2016 •


Make your plans NOW to travel with us to Guinea! 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. A true cultural and musical immersion in Malinké music. Boston area’s The 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 Guinea. Study drum and dance, attend festivals and celebrations, learn about the country and its people and discover the magic that IS Africa!  More info...

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