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West African Drumming

February 21 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Date: Tuesdays, February 21 – March 28
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Sessions: 6
Instructor: Tyehimba Kokayi
Location: Room 201
Ages: Adults, 18+
Skill Level: Beginning
Sliding Scale: $60 / $90 / $150
Financial aid available below

Traditional West African Drumming Classes are amazing, high energy experiences. You will  learn the three basic drumming techniques that allow you to play the rhythms. Join choreographer and drummer Tyehimba Kokayi and learn a unique approach to an old-school tradition – it’s an opportunity to play with beautiful people and create a community like no other. 

The heart of this class are the techniques you need to learn to play the djembe. The rhythms you’ll learn will transform your heart, body and spirit. The techniques take a little practice, but it is so rewarding!

All materials (you, your body, your spirit!) are provided and included in the cost of the class. However, if you have a favorite drum that work best for you, bring it!


Instructor / Musician

Tyehimba Kokayi is a Sonoma based educator, artist, healer and choreographer who develops and teaches Community Cultural Enlightenment. He’s also a proud alumni of the theater department at California State University Sacramento. With a Master’s degree in education and a thirty history of arts education , he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 15 years as a staff member of Camp Winnarainbow. Learn more about Tyehimba, explore his webpage and shop his curious collection of curriculums at:

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

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