Djembe Workshops



Students of the djembe

What is a djembe?

A djembe is an hour glass shaped drum that originates from countries such as Senegal, Guinea and Burkino Faso in West Africa. Due to its contrasting sounds of deep bass, treble 'tone' and cracking slaps, this drum has become widely popular in North America, Europe, Australia and other countries around the world.

What do students learn in the workshop?

In both the beginning and intermediate classes students learn proper technique as well as a slew of different rhythms from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The goal: to make good music!

Beginning djembe class

Where are workshops held?

Delta Community Music School ( periodically through out the year. Calendar

Who's teaching us?

Kris Bowerman, B.M. He has 27 years of experience teaching music up and down the West Coast of North America.

Kris with djembe

Do I need to bring my own drum?

Yes, you do. You can buy one or rent one. They generally run from $150 - $250 and rent from $15 - $18 per month. Here's a list of some places you can go to check out djembes:


Groove Masters Percussion, Milton Randall, near Ironwood Mall, Richmond  (604) 318-9518; (604) 241-0774


Groove Masters Percussion, Milton Randall, near Ironwood Mall, Richmond  (604) 318-9518; (604) 241-0774 

African Arts Percussion (Kwasi), 163 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1P4   Phone: 604-688-8374; Cell: 604-616-8494

Long & McQuade, 368 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6A 3W9 (604) 734-4886


Djembe class

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