March 19, 2020 2 min read

Drum Classes with M'Bemba Bangoura on Juneteenth (Saturday, June 19th)

We are happy to say, we are opening classes again! And who better to start it off than our Djembe Ambassador, Master Drummer M'bemba Bangoura!

When:  Saturday, June 19th (Juneteenth)

Times: Youth/Family: 10:00-10:50

Youth/Family Drum Class: $12 (Free Drum Rental)

Adults:  11:00-12:30 , 1:00-2:30 , 3:00-4:30

Adult Class Cost:  $25 per class Need a drum?

Djembe Rental: $10

Enrollment:  Please register in advance, we will limit the classes to only 12 people each. 

Come Learn Djembe & Dundun rhythms from Guinea, West Africa. All Levels are welcome! (Please note: if an absolute beginner, please come to the first class.)

M'bemba is masterful at being able to work with all levels together and make sure everyone gets their fill. Students can also learn the Dundun/Sangban/Kenkeni parts. The third class will give more focus to the Dunduns too, so bring a drum if you can.

Youth/Family Class; Ages 7+: Come Join Mbemba and play the djembe!  Students will learn the sounds and technique of the Djembe as well as about the history and culture from Guinea West Africa. For all levels. 


About Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with varying official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army general Gordon Granger.

Michael Markus playing a djembe drum


Michael has spent over 20 years performing, teaching and studying West African styles of drumming. After receiving his BFA in percussion from Ithaca College, he fell in love with Djembe and moved to New York City in 1993. Soon afterwards he found his primary teacher, Master Drummer M’Bemba Bangoura, and began to apprentice in Guinea, West Africa.

Michael is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of cultural arts and socioeconomic development in Guinea, West Africa where he has based the production end of this company, Wula Drum, where authentically elegant and professional sounding African drums are crafted.



Mangue was born in Conakry, Guinea in and started playing music at the age of 7. Although he is Susu, he learned the traditional Malinke music on the Sangban from a group of master Malinke drummers. This gave him a great foundation in the music and the ability to progress quickly.

In 1993 Mangue joined the well known ballet troupe Les Merveilles de Guinee. This provided him the opportunity to travel throughout Africa and study under the leadership of the late great Kemoko Sano. In 1998 Mangue moved to the US and keeps a busy schedule, performing and teaching at most major dance conferences nationwide. He also works with numerous organizations including, but not limited to: Alvin Ailey Arts in Ed, Wula Drum and Dance NYC, Drum Cafe, Marylin's Bamdulaye, and Nandy's Sankofa Kuumba Cac (summer program for children).