Mangue Sylla Teaches 2 classes on Sat. Nov 17th

Posted on November 09, 2018 by Wula Drum

We're looking forward to a day of drum classes in our new space with Mangue Sylla. Mangue brings a great vibe and classes are a lot of fun.
Saturday, November 17th
  • 12:00-1:30 Traditional Dundun Class
  • 1:45-3:15 Djembe and Dundun

Class Cost: $20 per class session
Djembe Rental: $5 per class

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    2018 Wula Drum and Dance Retreat starts tomorrow!

    Posted on September 10, 2018 by Wula Drum

    The Retreat starts tomorrow!

    We still have space so go ahead and register and come on down!


    More Info and Registration

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    Djembe Fever Tour in Boston (with Moussa Troare!)

    Posted on May 08, 2018 by Wula Drum

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    2018 Djembe Fever Tour

    Posted on April 15, 2018 by Wula Drum


    Drum Classes and Dance Classes

    Taught by Master Drummer and Dancer M’Bemba Bangoura from Guinea, West Africa

    Guinea has many parts with many different styles of drum and dance. Growing up in Conakry, M'Bemba was exposed to all of these styles in the cultural melting pot of the city. By the age of 21, he was an acclaimed and accomplished drummer and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the National Ensemble of Guinea. After playing with Djoliba and other groups in Guinea for 13 years, M'Bemba moved to the US in 1992.

    M'Bemba travels the world performing, teaching, and sharing his love for drum and dance. Now he is coming to a city near you! Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from M'Bemba and his trusty sidekick, Michael Markus. Michael, president of Wula Drum and creator of the Wula Drum and Dance Retreat, is known as a great teacher himself.

    Learn more about M'Bemba->


    With Michael Markus

    As a musician, artistic director and educator, Michael Markus has spent over twenty years performing, teaching and studying West African, Afro-Cuban, and American styles of drumming. Along with a BFA in percussion, he has mentored with accomplished master indigenous artists and travels often to Guinea to learn more.

    Michael is a visionary and charismatic teacher of drum and dance workshops throughout the United States and Canada. Michael has co-produced and released a CD of his previous group, Magbana, as well as a series of 11 educational percussion CDs, plus a DVD of master drummers from Guinea.

    Learn more about Michael->
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    Class Descriptions

    Djembe/DunDun Class with M’bemba Bangoura

    A lively, fun, and supportive atmosphere creates a great learning environment for African drumming. Students are taught the correct sounds and technique of the djembe, as well as specific accompaniment rhythms and even learn solo phrases. Students will get the history, cultural significance, and traditions of the music and its people and leave with a solid feeling of a specific rhythm from Guinea, West Africa.

    DunDun Dance

    Play the Dundun and dance at the same time! Each student plays a dundun (bass drum) while learning steps and fun choreographed movements. It is powerful as the class moves in unison and power of the dunduns shake the walls. This class is a movement class, however not as strenuous or aerobic as a dance class, and is great for all levels, beginner to advanced.

    African Dance

    Come learn the graceful, energetic dances from Guinea, West Africa. Live drummers accompany the class, connecting the beat to the dance to create an incredible feeling. You can get the rhythm in your feet first, before incorporating the movement through the whole body. Great for all levels, absolute beginner to advanced.

    Let’s all join together and celebrate the power of the drum and the movements it inspires! A facilitator will help guide you but improvising is welcomed as it is all about self expression. Drummers are encouraged to learn the dance, and vice versa!


    We're bringing lots of Wula instruments and other merchandise

    If there is a drum or accessory on the website that you like, just let us know and we'll bring it to you (free delivery!).
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    Michael Markus teaching at NY Jazz Workshop

    Posted on May 11, 2017 by Wula Drum

    Explore new rhythms! In this 1-day intensive, students will proceed to learn various West African rhythms and how to play the Djembe, Dun Dun Sangban and Kenkeni. This intensive is open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced musicians.

    Dates: July 24th
    All sessions will be held from 11am to 5pm at our main space around the corner of Times Square.

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    Wula performs at BAM for "Dance Africa"

    Posted on May 10, 2017 by Wula Drum

    Wula Drum and Dance performing at BAM

    Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble is proud to be performing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

    A large group, led by M'Bemba Bangoura, will perform as a featured act at the 40th anniversary Dance Africa program.

    Come see us May 26th-29th, with 5 performances to choose from!
    To get tickets, visit the event website.

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    Wula Drum at Yamba Malawi Gala Event

    Posted on May 03, 2017 by Wula Drum

    Moving around the room to entertain guests

    We love raising money for Africa - a great cause! 

    The Wula Performing Ensemble for this event:

    Hasan Bakr- Percussion
    Famoro Dioubate - Balaphone
    Abdoulye Toure- Djembe



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