As part of the 2012 - 2013 Studio Africa Program, participants began taking drum class in February with Djembefola Mahiri Fadjimba Keita (Baba M) of Traditional Expressions and Tam Tam Mandingue DC. After seeing the drum and dance presentation during the Kwanzaa program by Farafina Kan, Studio Africa students were enamored and asked for drum classes. Several times a week each month when Studio Africa meets, students renew their excitement about drumming with Baba M.
Drumming has proven to be not only one of their favorite activities, but one of the activities where they are fully attentive for the entire time - which is a noteworthy accomplishment for any middle school student (and some of us adults too...shhhhhh)! Take a look below at a couple of the pictures and video snippets of drum class with Baba M.