Percussion Class: African Diaspora Drums and Rhythms

The goal of the class is to introduce rhythms of the African Diaspora to students in a group setting. In the cultures of varied African and Caribbean, drumming takes place in a community
setting. Students will learn rhythms from Cuba and other Caribbean cultures, West Africa, Congo and South America. Students will learn rhythms on hand drums and other percussion instruments and their accompanying songs and chants.

To begin with we will focus first on rhythms from Cuba and Congo. Students are encouraged to bring percussion instruments if they have them. (Congas, Cowbells, Shakers, Djembes and Cajons can be used). This is an excellent class for drummers who play kit to learn the foundation of modern drum kit playing. It is also and excellent opportunity for other instrumentalists to learn rhythm basics and understanding of various rhythms.


Percussion Class: African Diaspora Drums and Rhythms

Ages 14 up through adults. Knowledge of simple rhythms is a prerequisite.

Feb 2, 16; Mar 2, 16, and April 13, 27, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Downtown Kalamazoo, MI
Jazz and Creative Institute

Percussion Class Tuition
$100/6 classes. Payment due prior to start of class; no drop-in's, but you can join mid-way through the session and pay prorated tuition.

Instructor: Kevin "Bujo" Jones (
Please note: Class may be cancelled with fewer than six students.

Current JCI Students can sign up via the student portal by joining the calendar event for the first class.