Downtown Bend: Introduction to West African Drumming

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Come learn about West African Culture through drumming!

This is an in-person program. Registration is required. This program is recommended for children ages 6 and up, and all children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

In this class you will learn a little bit about West African Culture through drum rhythms; why we play different rhythms, when we play them, and for what occasions. Instructor Fodé Sylla will teach the 3 basic djembe hand positions: slap, tone, and base. Djembe and Dundun drums will be provided, and a variety of other percussion instruments will be available.

Fodé Sylla is a dynamic acrobat, drummer, dancer and performance artist from Conakry, Guinea. He teaches drumming, dance, and acrobatics to students of all ages and skill levels. He recently taught in France and was on tour with a circus in New York. He teaches traditional African Dance regularly at University of Oregon in Eugene and for Eugene City Parks and Recreation. He has performed and taught at the Bend Juneteenth Celebration, Oregon Country Fair, The Elliott Institute, and Seattle Rhythm Festival, to name a few. He is a popular teacher with a big following of students.

Event Type(s):
Children's Program
Children's Program
Age Group(s):
Elementary School Age, Middle School Age
Fodé Sylla
Elsa Hager | | 541 312 1062