Djembe Fever Test

 

April 22nd - May 13th, 2017

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.

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->

 

 


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 by 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!).
Contact us at info@wuladrum.com


 

Click on a city to see information

 

 


Buy Tickets Here

Tickets

Feel free to look at the details for each stop, and then click "Register Now" to pop back up to this part of the page. When you buy a ticket here, your name is added to a list that we'll bring to every class - we'll just look you up!

  • Simply pick the class you want to attend from the list and add it to your cart.
  • "2 Tickets/Any Class" means exactly what it says and counts for two tickets for a specific location and day. Just show up with two people to one class, or show up to both classes yourself.
  • You can add multiple classes, or a combination of classes and drum rentals to your cart.

Rentals

  • You'll need a djembe to take the drum classes. Dunduns are provided for the djembe/dundun classes.
  • To take the "Dundun Dance" class, you'll need some kind of dundun or sangban to play while you dance.
  • In the menu, select which class you want to rent a drum for.
  • If you select a drum class, we will bring a Wula djembe for you to play in the class.
  • If you select a Dundun Dance class, we will bring a Wula sangban for you to play in the class.
  • If you like the drum and decide to buy it, we'll take of your $5 rental fee from the purchase price.

 

 


FREE TRIP TO AFRICA

If you come to every class on the tour, you get a free trip
to Africa with M'Bemba Bangoura. Seriously. Learn More->
(does not include airfare, but all workshop fees, housing, food, etc)


Long Island City

Date

SATURDAY APRIL 22ND

Location

Spaceworks
33-02 Skillman Ave.
Long Island City, NY, 11101

Classes

  • Drum Class - $25
    12:00-1:50
  • Dance Class - $25
    2:00-3:30
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $40

Enter on 34th

 


Harrisburg

Date

SUNDAY APRIL 23RD

Location

Studio Solomon
310 S. 10th St
Lemoyne, PA. 17043

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - $25
    12:00-1:30
  • Dundun Dance - $25
    1:30-3:00
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $40


 


Kalamazoo

Date

MONDAY APRIL 24TH

Location

Rootead Studio

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - $25
    6:00-7:30
  • African Dance - $25
    7:30-9:00
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $40


 


Kalamazoo

Date

TUESDAY APRIL 25TH

Location

Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts, downstairs, room #11
1200 Academy Streeet
Kalamazoo, MI

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - $25
    7:00-9:00
Pay/Register at the event

 


Cash only, please Pre-register e-mail Carolyn.koebel@gmail.com

 


Madison

Date

WEDNESDAY APRIL 26TH

Location

Starkweather Club
72 N. Bryan St.
Madison, WI 53714

Classes

  • Dun Dun Dance Class - $20
    5:45-7:15
  • Dance Class - $20
    7:30-9:00
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $35

 


Madison

Date

THURSDAY APRIL 27TH

Location

Starkweather Club
72 N. Bryan St.
Madison, WI 53714

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - $20
    6:00-7:30
  • African Dance - $20
    7:30-9:00
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $35


 


Isanti

Date

FRIDAY APRIL 28TH

Location

Morgan Drums
803 265th Ave. NW
Isanti, MN, 55040

Classes

  • Drum Class and DInner! - $25
    6:00-8:00
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Nice 2 hour small group class! PLEASE bring a dish to pass!

 


St Paul

Date

SATURDAY APRIL 29TH

Location

Women's Drumming Center
2242 University Ave West
St. Paul, MN, 55114

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - $35
    12:30-2:30
  • Dundun Dance - $35
    3:00 - 5:00
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $60


 


Plymouth

Date

SUNDAY APRIL 30TH

Location

Wild Rose Moon
115 N. Michigan St. (downtown)
Plymouth, IN

Classes

  • African Djembe class for beginners - $25
    1:00-2:30
  • Intermediate-Advanced Djembe/ Dun Ensemble workshop - $25
    2:30-4:00
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $60


Intermediate-advanced students welcome to take beginner class and get challenged !! M’bemba is great at working with diverse level groups! Beginner students who wish to stay for the jam, are welcome to sit in to observe the Intermediate-advanced class.

 


Mishawaka/South Bend

Date

SUNDAY APRIL 30TH

Location

Sacred Waters Center
16990 Douglas Rd.
Mishawaka, IN

Classes

  • African Dance Class - no experience necessary - $20
    7:00-8:30
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Mishawaka/South Bend

Date

MONDAY MAY 1ST

Location

Sacred Waters Center
16990 Douglas Rd.
Mishawaka, IN

Classes

  • African Drumming Workshop - Mixed Level: Beginning to Advanced - $25
    6:30-8:30
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Cleveland

Date

WEDNESDAY MAY 3RD

Location

Cleveland School of the Arts
2064 Stearns Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

Classes

  • African Dance - $15
    9:30-11:00 am
  • >>Note: Different Address for Evening Class!<<
    Phyllis Wheatley Association
    4450 Cedar Avenue
    Cleveland, OH

    African Dance - $15
    7:00- 8:30 pm
Pay/Register at the event

 




 


Ann Arbor

Date

THURSDAY MAY 4TH

Location

Outdoors in the Diag.
S.University and State Street
Ann Arbor, MI

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - $20
    5:30-7:00
  • African Dance - $20
    7:00-8:30
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Drum class 5:30-7, Dance 7-8:30 located OUTDOORS in the Diag. Off S.university and State street, (park on street and walk to Grassy area) IF it's raining IN ANN ARBOR by 5-30 we will move to indoor location: Jazzercise studio 1945 S. Industrial Ann Arbor 48104. *note, rain date cancelation time is different Drum Class 7-8 Dance Class 8-9:30 Please join "Julies dance class" group on Facebook to be notified immediately for rain cancelation confirmation.

 


Rochester

Date

FRIDAY MAY 5TH

Location

Com Expressão Capoeira Studio
46A Sager Dr.
Rochester, NY 14607

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - $25
    6:00-7:30
  • African Dance - $25
    7:30-9:00
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $40


 


Ithaca

Date

SATURDAY MAY 6TH

Location

South Side Community Center
305 South Plain Street
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun Class - $25
    1:00-2:30
  • African Dance - $25
    3:00-4:30
  • Dundun Dance - $25
    6:00-7:30
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $45 *3 classes OR 3 tickets to one class $65
Open Level

 


Easton

Date

SUNDAY MAY 7TH

Location

Burton Hall
1071 State Route 40
Greenwich NY 12834

Classes

  • Introduction to West African Music - FREE
    12:30-1:30 pm
  • Family African Dance (all ages and abilities) - FREE
    1:45-2:30 pm
  • Djembe/Dundun- Adult and teen (Mixed Level) - $15
    3:00-4:30 pm
  • Dundun Dance - $15
    5:00-6:30 pm
  • Community Pot Luck - FREE
    6:30 PM
Pay/Register at the event

 

Please Pre-register by emailing chelsie@ruralsoul.com


 


Boylston

Date

MONDAY MAY 8TH

Location

Bay Path Barn
119 Central Street
Boylston, Ma 01505

Classes

  • Children's Drum - $10
    5:15-6:00 pm
  • Djembe/Dundun - $25
    6:00-7:30
  • Djembe/Dundun - $25
    7:30-9:00
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $40 (Djembe/Dundun)

 


Stonington

Date

TUESDAY MAY 9TH

Location

La Grua Center
32 Water St. Building 7
Stonington, CT 06377

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - $25
    6:00-7:30
  • African Dance - $20
    7:30-9:00
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $40


 


Kingston

Date

THURSDAY MAY 11TH

Location

BSP Kingston Studio
323 Wall St.
Kingston, NY

Classes

  • African Dance - $20
    6:00-7:30
  • Djembe/Dundun - $20
    7:30-9:00
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North Adams

Date

FRIDAY MAY 12TH

Location

Design Lab
49 Main Street
North Adams, NY

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - $25
    6:30-8:00
  • DunDun Dance - $25
    8:15-9:45
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*2 Tickets/Any Class - $40


 


Boston

Date

SATURDAY MAY 13th

Location

Out of the Blue Gallery
541 Masschusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Classes

  • Djembe/Dundun - MOUSSA TRAORE - $25
    1:00-2:30
  • Djembe/Dundun - MBEMBA BANGOURA - $25
    2:30-4:00
Register Now

 

*2 Tickets/Any Class - $45