West African Rythyms for Jembe, Dunun or Any Percussion Instrument

An introduction to ryhyms and instruments of west Africa and the Caribbean, including jembe, dunun, congas, bongos, cajon (box drum), etc. Basic geography, instrumental technique and musical terms will be covered.
joshua guy
9 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 8 learners
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55 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
To recognize and identify traditional drum rythyms, to play along with good technique,  and to be able to discuss the music intelligently.
20 years experience teaching students of all ages and abilities,  in multiple countries,  and in multiple languages.  Extensive travel and study with several Master musicians and artists in the Americas, Carribean Islands and West African Countries.  Featured performer at the Abene Festival des Artes in Casamance, Senegal,  Accompanist at the Joe Koli memorial dance conference  at the Monument of African Renaissance in Dakar, Senegal. Featured performer at the Chicago Cultural Center,  Texas Democratic convention,  2020 cultural performer nominee to the 2020 Dubai World Expo. 10+ years teaching with Columbia college Chicago,  the old town school of folk music,  Urban Gateways Chicago, Chicago Public schools. 
any research will be encouraged and valuable. Find the countries we discuss on the map or globe, find an example of jembe music to listen to, learn something about the countries in west Africa, and/or daily practice of drumming techniques or exercises. 
playable percussion instrument,  preferably a jembe or hand drum( bongos, congas, cajon, etc,), AND/OR a pair of drumsticks and a practice pad, or any kind of drum.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
through self assessment and review of the music. students will be challenged at every level and will always have something new to work on.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Mamady Keita,  recorded works ( audio, video, books); Famoudou Konate collected works, traditional repertoire of Mandeng West Africa 


joshua guy
Lives in the United States
music & culture
9 total reviews
17 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I play and teach traditional music of West Africa,  the Caribbean and Americas for percussion ( jembe, dunun, congas, bongos, cajon, drumset) and string instruments ( guitar, banjo, ukelele, mandolin) . I have over 20 years experience... 
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