• September 23, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This class is designed to instruct and inform students about critical aspects of playing traditional West African drum rhythms.

Students will be introduced to different types of African drums and how to work as a unit to express these tradition West African rhythms. The class will in part focus on the origin and purpose of Kuku and Kassa. By the end of this class, students will be able to properly execute three basic techniques: calls and breaks,  Kuku and Kassa Rhythms. Students will also obtain knowledge about proper storage of the drum and tuning techniques.

-Discuss origin of Kuku and Kassa
-Discuss storage and tuning of djembe
-Focus on three basic djembe techniques
-Practice calls and breaks
Practice Kassa rhythm
Practice Kuku rhythm

This class will be held Sunday, September 23rd, 2pm-4pm EST.
Tuition is $20.  Tuition includes the djembe rental fee.

Please review this link for our school’s tuition and cancellation policies.

Instructor: Robert Allen

Rhythmic roots is a community-based organization that strives to reach out to local and surrounding communities to stimulate healing and self-expression amongst all participants. Robert Allen founded Rhythmic Roots in the summer of 2018. Allen has drummed in the North Florida area for over 20 years. His involvement with Paralounge and Kuumba has guided him to traditional West African drum and dance. He has had pleasure to work under the direction of Natalie and Myron Jackson and the instruction of Master drummer, Papa Cheikh N’Dong with Kuumba in Tampa Florida. In addition to Allen’s background in West African drumming, he also builds and repairs djembes. 


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Venue Phone: (850) 383-6556

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1401 High Rd, Tallahassee, FL (FLORIDA), 32304, United States


Tucked away on three acres in the heart of Tallahassee is a fascinating property hidden from view. A visitor walks down a wooded path and is greeted by a majestic live oak tree shading a soft lawn. This tree, a sapling in the time of Shakespeare, keeps company with something not seen in Florida, an English Tudor-style cottage, which looks as if it comes from the pages of a child’s book of fairy tales. With a steeply gabled roof, diamond-pattern leaded glass windows and stone foundation, the cottage continues its vigil over the gardens, labyrinth and tree surrounding it. A majority of the classes will be held inside the cottage, which is handicap accessible with a ramp in the back of the cottage leading up to the back door. If there is an overflow of parking, signs will direct you to the appropriate lot. There is a restroom in the cottage and portable restrooms outside.

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