Brooklyn's best African drumming & dance

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group drumming classes for adults

Whether you have always wanted to start drumming, or you are looking for a place to practice your skills, the World Percussion Center of New York provides group classes with skilled instructors for all levels, novice to experienced. BMS is one of the most accessible locations in New York, so please join us!

Intro to African Drumming with M'Bemba Bangoura

Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

A lively, fun, and supportive class atmosphere creates the perfect introduction to the fundamentals of African drumming. Instructor M'Bemba has many years of experience creating a learning experience that is structured, knowledgeable, and entertaining! Classes cover the rhythms of Guinea along with the history, cultural significance, and traditions of the music and its people. Class content includes the development of correct sounds and technique, learning accompaniment patterns and understanding subdivisions of simple West African rhythms.

Djembe & Dundun with M'Bemba Bangoura

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

M'Bemba will teach djembe and dundun parts for rhythms from West Africa, including solo phrases for the djembe, and variations on the dun dun.  Students in M’Bemba's class will get the history and context of both the traditional and modern Guinean rhythms that M'Bemba grew up playing.

Brazilian Drumming with Nick Birmilen

Brazilian Drumming with Nick Birmilen

Sundays, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Brazilian Drumming Classes cover the basics of samba and other Brazilian styles in a hands on class that is easy to follow.

Nick Birmelin is a percussionist, musician and educator with over 20 years experience playing and researching the music and rhythms of Brazil. As an instructor he has taught extensively to adults and kids of every age. He has taught drum workshops in a wide variety of settings including College of Charleston, Alvin Ailey Extension and the Museum School. Currently he works regularly as the musical director for Brazilian Dance classes at the Alvin Ailey Extension in NYC.

Drums are available for use if you do not have your own

Faculty

M’Bemba Bangoura, a native of Guinea, West Africa, began playing the djembe at the young age of seven. By the age of twenty-one, he was acclaimed as a master drummer and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the national company of Guinea. He has traveled the world as a performer and teacher of the Djembe drum, and is revered for his high level of mastery. Since moving to the US in 1992, M’Bemba has become an integral part of the djembe drum and dance genre nationwide. As a featured guest artist at conferences, workshops, performances, and festivals, M’bemba has taught hundreds of students, many of whom are now teachers themselves. In addition, he has personally created choreography and developed repertoire for dozens of dance companies worldwide. Working throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, his style is infectious. M’bemba has recorded 3 solo albums to date, as well as a 2-volume educational DVD entitled ‘Wamato: Everybody Look!’.

Dedicated to teaching drumming, dancing, and his culture, M’Bemba is one of the most prominent ambassadors for Guinean drum and dance.

Nick Birmelin is a percussionist, musician and educator with over 20 years experience playing and researching the music and rhythms of Brazil. As an instructor he has taught extensively to adults and kids of every age. He has taught drum workshops in a wide variety of settings including College of Charleston, Alvin Ailey Extension and the Museum School. For the past 7 years he has been on faculty at the Turtle Bay School in Manhattan, teaching Percussion, Drum set and Orff Music Classes for children. As a co- founder and musical director of Grupo Ribeiro Productions (along with Quenia Ribeiro) he has produced music for choreography, instructional dvd’s and computer applications. In 2012 he released his CD “ Brazilian Percussion for Dancers”. Currently he works regularly as the musical director for Brazilian Dance classes at the Alvin Ailey Extension in NYC. 

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