Classes & Partnerships

Namory Keita

Class with Namory Keita is a wonderful opportunity to study the Djembe & the traditional full ensemble of the Doundoun family, straight from the village of Sangbarala, Guinea, West Africa. ‬‬‬‬Namory’s infectious joy for playing and teaching will inspire you! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player, you are sure to have a great learning experience!

Please make sure to contact the venues below for more details. During the winter months Namory may be back home charging up in Guinea, leaving class with one of his very capable students.

Namory’s classes are $15 pr class / $13 pr class for purchase of 4 or more‬‬

There are extra drums available to use in class if you do not have one. Please contact Namory to make sure a drum is reserved for you if you are a new student. ‬



 The Dance Hall‬‬‬‬‬
7 Walker St, Kittery, ME 03904‬‬‬‬‬ YK Liz MarNamory, Marita Kennedy-Castro, Youssouf Koumbassa, Liz Fowler

Thursdays‬‬‬ (note: Ult Mundane & advanced students teach this class when Namory is touring. This always offers a treat and opportunity to garner tips from those that come before you - as they have learned to learn from the masters!
All levels
5:30-6:30‬‬ PM‬‬‬

UPDATES From Liz Fowler:

As the fall equinox arrives, I can feel the shift in seasons.  I hope you're all well and settling in to routines.  Over the weekend Namory and several of us from class participated in an open house at York Land Trust.  What a treat to be outside in a beautiful space drumming, dancing, and singing!

Thursdays in Kittery
  • September 20 and 27 - class with Namory and Liz
  • October 4 - no class
  • October 11 and 18 - class with Namory and Liz
  • October 25 - class with Namory and special guest, Seny Daffe (Dundun dance class - reserve your drum ahead!)
Ndaje Festival, Cambridge, MA
Racines Festival, Boston, MA
  • Friday, October 19 - Sunday, October 21
  • Workshops in traditional and contemporary African rooted dance
  • Performance on Friday evening
Waysmeet Center Drum and Dance Circle, Durham, NH
  • Friday, November 2
  • Namory and I are co-facilitating this wonderful event (and then driving to Burlington, VT)
  • Come eat a home cooked meal then drum and dance with community in Durham.
  • Dinner will start at 5pm and is followed by drumming and dancing 
  • Free and open to the community
Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance Festival, Burlington, VT
Trip to Guinea with Namory, Seny, and Liz!
Podcast Discussion at Rice Public Library
Wednesday, September 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
We'll be discussing Episode 2 of the Podcast Seeing White
"For much of human history, people viewed themselves as members of tribes or nations but had no notion of “race.” Today, science deems race biologically meaningless. Who invented race as we know it, and why? By John Biewen, with guest Chenjerai Kumanyika."
We'll listen to the podcast together and then have a discussion following.
Sometime in November, we'll have a post-class potluck and fundraiser for Namory's project in Guinea, the Hamana Arts Center
I hope to see you at a class or somewhere else in the community soon!
Best wishes,
Liz Fowler's Beginning West African dance class follows at 6:45 to 8:15 PM, giving students an opportunity to play for class with Namory.‬‬‬

Liz, Namory and the dancers and drummers from Seacoast West African Dance and Drum, are available for your workshops, classes, performances, and residencies. Contact them for more information: (603) 969-5264
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Twitter: @danceanddrum

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Beg/Adv Beg Drum Class - Portland, ME

Ongoing - 6 pm - Mondays 

Join us! Its wicked fun.

Note: This class is held in a private home so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for directions, more info or if you need to borrow a drum for class

If you are just starting down the path and want to grow with a group of drum students at your level and pace contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if there are spots available in the Portland area. Get the basic drum strokes, patterns and feel for the Djembe before jumping in over your head! This is a small delightful and very safe group taught by Namory or sometimes Namory’s advanced students when he is away. Always check the site or get on our current drummer email list for Portland's schedule changes. Send requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Private Lessons are a great way for beginners to get comfortable before taking a class - or for getting to that next level for advanced students. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stay tuned for upcoming Advanced Djembé & Doundoun focused workshops.


Portland New Church
302 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04101‬‬‬

Marita Kennedy-Castro’s West African Dance Class for All Levels is every Tuesday evening from 6 - 7:30 PM. Namory Keita plays for this class along with his advanced students. Join the fun!

Private dance lessons available. Contact Marita for details and check out the site at 

Marita and Namory have created New Moon Ensemble to bring West African dance and drum to the stage, schools, universities, events and ceremonies.




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Master Village Drummer
Namory Keita
Sangbarala, Guinea, West Africa
Portland, Maine, USA

(603) 831-9609