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 ($52).

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

Thursdays - All levels
5:30-6:30‬‬ PM‬‬‬ YK Liz MarNamory, Marita Kennedy-Castro, Youssouf Koumbassa, Liz Fowler

Namory is now on tour from November 15th -28th. Next class is Thursday November 29th, 2018

Join us December 6th, 2018, for class and party/pot luck after dance class. A send off blessing and fund raiser for Namory's dream in progress - the Humana Arts Center. Or to donate:

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!

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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Notes from Liz:
Trip to Guinea with Namory, Seny, and Liz!
I hope to see you at a class or somewhere else in the community soon!
Best wishes,
Beg to Adv Beg Drum Class - Portland, ME
A little snippet of Namory and class performance, Mayo St Arts

Ongoing - 6 pm - Mondays 

Note: Namory is now on tour from November 15th - 28th, 2018. Join us for his next and LAST CLASS - December 3rd,  before he heads to Guinea! He plans to be back February 15th, 2019 - we will keep you posted!

Join us! Its wicked fun.

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.

Watch this great little clip of Sal's private lesson with Namory!

Stay tuned for upcoming Advanced Djembé & Doundoun focused workshops.

Portland New Church
302 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04101‬‬‬

Note: Namory will be returning for his last class of the year at Portland New Church on December 4th, 2018 - then off to Guinea that following week end. He hopes to return February 15th, 2019. We will keep you posted.

Marita Kennedy-Castro’s West African Dance Class for All Levels is every Tuesday evening from 6 - 7:30 PM. marclass

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