Intermediate or Advanced Drum Workshop with Drummer Namory Keita

Namory Keita is continuing with his weekly teaching schedule in Maine – Mondays in Portland and Thursdays in Kittery. On Saturday, March 30, he is offering the first of the year intermediate/advanced drum workshops.

Explore the intricate layers of West African traditional ensemble playing with this Master Village Drummer. Don’t miss this rare opportunity he is providing for his intermediate and advanced students. You can choose to come for just the first half or the entire workshop.

Saturday, March 30
First Half
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
$30.00 paid ahead or $40.00 at the door
This section will focus on the complexities of the djembé, setting the rhythmic stage for the entire ensemble with dunduns.

Entire Workshop
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$60.00 paid ahead or $70.00 at the door
The second half will be dedicated to developing the dundun lines for the rhythms we learned in the first half along with variations.

Please register ahead to ensure your spot.

What to bring

  • lunch and snacks (maybe water and caffeine!)
  • recording device
  • djembé
  • kenkeni, sangban, or dundun – whatever you can fit in your car – and of course sticks

If you need to borrow a djembé or dundun for the class or have any questions, please let us know by emailing

Please note: this workshop is not for beginners. Namory teaches all levels classes Mondays in Portland and Thursdays in Kittery. Please visit the classes page on Namory’s website for information on the ongoing drum and dance classes.

photo of Namory drumming while standing in a group of people outside
Namory at a dundunba in his village of Sangbaralla
Photo of Namory sitting outside smiling
Namory teaching class in Sangbaralla
silhouette photo of Namory with a djembe and ocean in background
Namory teaching class on Roume Island in Guinea

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