Group lessons by Adama Daou

The djembe, a percussion instrument originally from West Africa, has its roots in regions such as Mali, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. The word “djembé” in Bambara means “to gather in peace”. Traditionally made by digging out a tree trunk and stretching an animal skin over it, the djembe was used for ritual and festive purposes. Its unique design offers a range of dynamic sounds, which has contributed to its worldwide popularity, symbolising the cultural diversity and rhythmic power of Africa.

Course content and objectives

  • Oral learning and developing the musical ear
  • Basic and advanced rhythmic notions
  • Playing techniques
  • Notions of improvisation
  • General understanding of African musical culture