The Masters Are Coming!

The actual sound and movement of playing the djembe. Famoudou Kona†é (my master) is the shorter man with a slight mustache. Famoudou switches between djembe to sangba to djembe again. Listen to actual djembe played as it is and I hope you enjoy!

We love ALL drums and drummers! Having played for over 60 years myself, I love to share what I know with as many people as are interested. If you are seriously interested or even curious about drumming and learning more. Get in touch today!


Djembe & Dunun Weekly Classes & Special Artist Workshops

Our HandDrumming Classes on djembe and the African bass drums called 'dunu' contain the best in true African instruction on these instruments. Whether taught by me or my teachers (taught by me), you are guaranteed the best in hand-drumming instruction that is highly about the fun of learning. 

Djembe Classes

Brookline Adult Ed Hand Drumming Classes

April 25, 2023 - May 30, 2023 (6-Tuesday Sessions) Rental drums available.

Brookline High School; Rm 283, Brookline, MA   More Info and Registration >>

 • Friday Night Djembe Drumming Class

April 21, 2023 - June 9 at $189.- (8-week Fridays course) Djembe rentals available.

Munroe Center for the Arts, Lexington, MA       More Info and Registration >>

   The Workshops!


Our workshops are designed with all of you in mind for a smooth yet exciting experience with the djembe and dunun of West Africa and specifically Guinea. Our Master drummers are also the best teachers anywhere! Come see how great a DrumConnection workshop series can be for you and your playing!

Master Series Workshops - 2023


June 2, 3, & 4, 2023 - 3 glorious days drumming with the Master, Mousa Bolokada Conde at DrumConnection. $225.- for all 3 days. Djembe rentals available. (Pref given to those taking the full wasp series.)

Munroe Center for the Arts, Lexington, MA          More Info and Registration >>

• Mamady WADABA Kourouma - SUMMER 2023

July 6, 7, 8, 9, 2023 Boston, MA - 4 Workshops in July! The Great Panther whose sound roars on the djembe like a wild cat’s scream.  He grins at his audience and, with a thunderous slap on the drumhead from his rawhide hands, has them jumping out of their seats! As apprentice for Famoudou Konaté,  (Pref given to those taking the full wasp series.)                                                         More Info and Registration >>

• SAYON CAMARA - Fall 2023

September 15, 16, 17, 2023 - 3 Days of Workshops with the young master. Sayon apprenticed with Famoudou Konaté and he was teaching for Famoudou when I first met him. Always a sweet man with a great smile and awesome djembe chops! He knows the music of the Malinké. Take one or all 3 days for the full experience.(Pref given to those taking the full wasp series.)                 More Info and Registration >> SOON...

Stop By and Play our New Djembe!

All drums and cases available now! We have full size professional djembe from $395.- on up. I play the $395.- djembe in my Friday class as it is lightweight and sounds so good! I welcome you to listen to my advice during your selection process. We will get you the perfect djembe to address all of your wishes and needs. Other professional djembe are $525.- and $750.- for a Wadaba djembe. Dunun (bass drums) available.


Appointments only: Sunday evenings 6 - 7:30 PM. 


If you are outside of New England or can't stop buy our place, we can talk you into the correct djembe on the phone or email and ship the best djembe for you! Guaranteed! (Customer pays shipping) You should have the right djembe for you within a week! Order TODAY! 617-686-6080

Djembe Full Size - Hardwood from Ghana

Top quality Djembe made for me in Ghana. Solid hardwood and really nice sound. I'be been playing a djembe like this in all my Friday classes. It sounds and plays that good. It less expensive than the others!


Price: $395.- cases are extra if needed.


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Beautifully Hand Carved GREAT sounding djembe

These Harwood djembes are highly sought after for their mid-point selling price and the incredible sound and not heavy! Under 20 lbs some under 16 lbs. Goatskin of high-quality


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Best Sounding Full Height 24" Harwood Djembe headed by us!

Our best sounding djembes! These are our mainstay for the best in weight, sound and quality that will last! Get one before we sell out. We're in Arlington, MA


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Professional Rebuild Djembe

One of our DrumConnection Shells with a top quality Guinean skin. Sounds awesome.


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Top Djembe Drums by Wadaba (Mamady Kourouma)

Built by Mamady Kourouma (WADABA) in Guinea and skinned by him for his exacting needs as a djembe master.

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At DrumConnection, we take the deeply rooted, 'genetic connection' humans have with music and combine it with the time-honored traditions of drumming and dance of many cultures. For the past 42 years, our main focus has been on African drumming of the 5-7 djembe/dunu specific countries and the rhythms, people's lives, close friendships & the school we formed of West African drumming over 39 years ago for those at all skills and experience levels.


Increasingly, the djembe and dunu of West Africa, have taken a huge leap forward in the US. It shows up in school systems for the kids and now in major Music Schools. We take all that seriously and have fun & enriching drumming classes and workshops. Join us! Learning to play djembe well can be fun and easy!

More classes will be listed soon!

The Master WADABA - Mamady Kourouma



July 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2023


Most of you know him and he is THAT good! You need to study with him. His style of teaching and playing is second to none. From the village of Oroko, Guinea to you! Register today for your space in this incredible workshop series.


Reduced Summer prices make it totally affordable. Go to: for more info and to register today.


Please register early for these special workshops with Wadaba as we sometimes fill up all spaces quickly! Space is very limited! Come out and join our wonderful community in rhythm. If you have any questions, please give us a shout @617-686-6080 or

Registrations will open soon.

DJEMBE & DUNUN DRUMMING CLASSES        Spring/Summer 2023

Register below:


• Friday Djembe/Dunun classes with Alan will continue after a break and start up again April 21st at $30.- per class - drop in, or sign up for the semester at $189.- we're there! Bring drum or rent! Rentals that you take home with you are at $75 for the whole semester. Practice! :)


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Friday Night Djembe Drumming Classes

Friday Night Djembe Drumming Classes


Semester begins: Friday, April 21, 2023 at $189.- for the 8 week course. If you don't own a djembe, you may rent one from us. Let us know when you sign up.


8 Friday Sessions


April 21, 2023  -  June 23, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

Classes held at:

Munroe Center for the Arts

1403 Massachusetts Ave.

Lexington, MA 02420


You will get solid and fun instruction in the music, history and specifics of a series of rhythms from West Africa.


You will benefit from the teachings of my African, Cuban and Haitian professors before me. You will become a better drummer no matter what stage you are in now.


These intense drumming classes are perfect for Beginner, Intermediate and even Advanced drummers! It's all fun and you will get a lot of playing in and good instruction often with commentary from me. Parking is easy behind the school and enter thru the rear door or the front!


Semester: 8 scheduled classes. $189.-


Registration is here...>>


Payments accepted via Venmo: @Nancy-Browne-10 (1952, if asked) Checks welcome made out to 'DrumConnection' Box 293 Wayland, MA 01778 • Rental djembe available ($79.-) if needed; contact us a few days before class. Any missed classes may be made up at another one of our DrumConnection classes happening during that semester in which you are registered, with teacher's approval. 


The Perfect Djembe

We have extra drums if you don't. Let us know if you need a djembe and we'll try to get one to you.



If you contact us soon, you can also purchase a djembe and get it in time for class.  We have them made in Guinea, West Africa and put the skins on ourselves in the  DrumConnection Workshop. This class attracts people from all around the world on our on Zoom classes, on computer, tablet or phone. And we can recommend someone in your area or country where you can get the perfect djembe locally. Contact me for discussion on what we make and what is best for you in price, size, and current ability. 617-686-6080

Trip To Africa

Djembe Selection & Repair

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, etc. Call or contact us. Check our checklist for drum repair. Let us make your musical instruments better than new! Yes, your djembe will sound and play much better than new!

Who's using our drums?

These young women came into Boston but their drums were held at the airport! I got an emergency call from my friend Mustapha who told me of the situation of lack of djembe and dunun (and the concerts they had at Harvard's Sanders Theater, that night so what you see and hear above are DrumConnection, made in Guinea, djembe and dunun played by members of Nimbaya! Women Drummers of Guinea.

How Is A Djembe Made - A Real Traditional One