What we're about
This Meetup is for beginners who are interested in learning about African drumming to intermediate players with some drumming experience. You will be challenged no matter what your skill level and have fun at the same time.
You will learn to drum to the rhythms of Guinea, Mali and Ivory Coast in a relaxed low pressure environment. You'll learn the various accompaniment parts to the rhythms as well as the breaks and solos. Also taught will be the accompaniment parts on the dun dun, sangban and kenkeni. A listing of just a few of the rhythms taught are:
Kuku, Mendiani, Koredjuga, Soli, Sofa, and Macru/Yankadi
A typical class will start with warm up exercises to get the blood flowing and to work on the three basics sounds (bass, tone & slap). After the warm up, you'll review rhythms learned in the previous class and either continue on those rhythms or start into a new rhythm. While leaning a rhythm, you will drum along with other class members playing the different accompaniments as well as beginning with the breaks that announce the start of each rhythm.
The class is taught by Baba Ogunrinde Cedrick Washington who has been drumming for almost 30 years. He studied with such teachers as Mamady Keita, M' Bemba Bangoura, Baba Barago Hayes, Fode Bangoura, and Laurent Camara and played for West African and modern dance companies throughout the United States.
Check out a sample of the class below: