Have Drums Will Travel:

Questions/Registration: Contact Robin at (336) 813-8110. We accept credit cards!

Passport Series - West African drumming

Intensive course with Robin “Bountourabi” Leftwich. Designed to meet the demands we’ve been hearing from you! The course will include rhythms, technique, playing ballet dununs, meter madness, traditional and improvisational solos, and more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from Robin. She is a fun and dynamic instructor who shares a wealth of information about the music, culture, and art of West Africa in her classes.

  • In Person class in Asheville with an Online option! Saturday, July 17th from 9am-11am, break, 1pm-4pm. Join us for “Introduction & Foundational Rhythms”. Open to all skill levels.

You will need your djembe and dununs for this class. See workshop description below.

The in-person classes are $100 each or $50 if you’ve taken the class before. The price for Zoom class is $50 for first timers or $30 if you’ve taken the class before. Payment can be made using PayPal to

Passport East classes:

REGISTER: Registration is confirmed with your PayPal payment to When you register, please send an email to and she will send the Zoom info to you. The special online class price is $50 for the day and just $30 if you’ve taken the class before.

Robin playing dunun

We accept cash, check, and credit cards. Although we encourage you to take each workshop in succession for the best learning experience, it is not required.

For in person classes, online registration and payment is preferred, but we do offer the option to pay at the door. If you wish to pay at the door, you must register first by emailing Mike at Indicate the class(es) you wish to attend the form of payment you will be using. You may also call (336) 880-3536 to register or receive additional information about the series.

Passport East – Workshops

Students attending Passport Classes will receive a Passport Series Certificate of Completion once your Passport Book has been stamped with attendance verification for all 8 sessions. Don’t have a Passport Book? Ask for one  at the next session. We will also gladly stamp your book and issue a certificate to you for classes completed prior to the booklet program.

The course schedule:

Introduction and Foundational Rhythms
Foundational rhythms are rhythms that every student should know because they contain elements fundamental to learning West African music (timing, handing, patterns, etc ) that can be used as building blocks to accelerate further learning.

During the Foundational Rhythms class we will cover the following:
History of the rhythm
Djembe and Dunun parts
Rudiments and improved sound/technique
Reading/Writing djembe/dunun music
And much more

Rhythms that Build
In this session, students will learn how to use rhythms as building blocks – exploring the similarities between rhythms that allow for a natural progression of learning and teaching. Students will be taught rhythms that are easily learned from their pre-existing knowledge of foundational rhythms.

Meter Madness
In this session, students will learn rhythms in duple and triple meter timing – exploring the use of 4 and 8 beat rhythms along with the accompanying language with both meters to facilitate in playing and leading rhythms inside both meters.

Ballet Dunun, Dunun
The Ballet Dunun and dunun class will begin with basic dunun techniques and then move into more complex rhythms. The day will end with students learning how to translate traditional dunun parts to a ballet-style setup. Being able to play ballet dununs allows students to hold classes and drum circles with fewer people, gives students flexibility in performances, and provides them with a deeper understanding of the dunun melodies and the relationship of the dununs to the djembe.

Do-able Dununbas
The dununba family of rhythms is both rich and complex. This class is designed to expose students to a dununba rhythm and to help them understand the intricacies of playing the djembe and dunun parts. This class will also help students play more challenging dunun parts that are upbeat and completing.

Traditional Solos
In this class, students will learn some traditional solos. Traditional solos are solos that are developed around traditional dance moves/steps and are specific to a rhythm. The solos will help the student be able to drum for dancers and will also act as building blocks for improvisational solos.

Improvisational Solos
This class will teach you how to use traditional solos as a starting point for building your own improvisational solos. Basic techniques and common solo licks will be revealed to the students who will then have the opportunity to practice soloing in a failure-free environment.

The rubber hits the road in the Performance class. The Performance class is a culmination of the work done so far in the passport series.  This class will take 2 rhythms and create performance pieces that are ready to go by the end of the day.

What to bring:

DjembesYour Djembe
Dunun (these will be provided if needed)
Sense of humor!!!
Audio recorder
Did we mention sense of humor?!?!
Wear comfortable clothes

Be ready to learn and have fun!!!! Reserve your spot today!

Ongoing Classes

dunun and djembe online classes Wednesdays each week

Weds Dunun & Djembe classes online!

Email for Zoom class info & registration.

(on hold for now) Tuesdays 7 – 8:30pm

West African drum class in Winston Salem with Happy Beat DrummingAll Levels Class with “Bountou” – No prerequisites. No experience necessary, all levels are welcome.

$20.00 per class for drop ins (or $60 for a series of 4). Call ahead if you need a drum; contact Rachel at (336) 880-3536.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4055 Robinhood Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Click for map.

Tuesday Night Classes

(on hold for now) Wednesdays 7 – 8pm

African Drumming lessons with “Bountou” at Pure Light Yoga – 4-week session $15 per class or $50 for the session.
No experience necessary. Bring a drum or use one of ours, no charge!

pure-light-yoga-logoPure Light Yoga, 709 West Lexington Avenue (inside DeBeen Espresso), High Point, NC

Sign up here with Pure Light Yoga.

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