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 ($52) or more‬‬. His Portland class is now welcoming new students at half price for their first class.

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 do not have one at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. ‬


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Nam at Root Wild
Beginner to Advanced Beginer Drum Class EVERY Monday (unless this site says otherwise!)
NOW at Root Wild Kombuchery!! 135 Washington Ave, Portland, ME
Ongoing - 6:15 pm - 7:15 Mondays New students get first class half price ($7.50)!
First class at Root Wild on April 15th, 2019 - it was a blast and the kombucha delish! Check out the first beginner drum class!

Join us! Its wicked fun.

If you are just starting down the path and want to grow with a group of drum students at your level and pace come to Root Wild Kombuchery and get your groove on! 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. Always check the site or get on our current drummer email list for Portland's schedule changes or let us know if you would like us to reserve a drum for you in class. 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 & Dounoun focused workshops.

The Dance Hall‬‬‬‬‬
7 Walker St, Kittery, ME 03904‬‬‬‬‬

Thursdays - All levels
5:30-6:30‬‬ PM‬‬‬ Shot 2019 04 26 at 5.43.37 PMMarita Kennedy-Castro, Seny Daffe, Namory Keita, Liz Fowler - DunDun Dance with Seny/Namory

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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Notes from Liz:
Trip to Guinea with Namory and Liz! Get ready for 2021!
Tonight - May 16th
at the Dance Hall
I will be selling a bin of skirts (some batik and some with ruffles) to kick-off our Guinea January 2021 fund.  Pay what you wish $5.00 and up!  We've got some other ideas cooking for fundraisers.  Let us know if you have any suggestions for ways to raise some money for the trip! And talk to Namory or me if you're interested in joining us in 2021.
Thursday, May 23
at the Dance Hall
Sayon Camara will be guest teaching for Namory.  Those of you who don't know Sayon, he is a wealth of knowledge of Malinke rhythms and culture and is an incredible teacher.  His infectious joy will get you smiling as you drum!
5:30-6:30 pm
Sayon will also lead the accompaniment for dance class with me
6:45-8:15 pm
$15.00 or $96.00 for eight pre-paid classes
Thursday, May 30
at the Dance Hall
Seny Daffe will be back with Namory to teach a dundun dance class (Great Video!)
Drum with Namory
Dundun dance with Seny
$18 (or just an extra $3 for students with punch cards)
*Be sure to let us know ahead if you need to borrow a drum for either class*
Saturday, June 15
The Kittery Block Party
We will be performing in morning and afternoon slots (exact times not yet known)
We'll be doing Kassa (dundun dance), Sinte, and one more - what's your vote?
Want to join us for morning or afternoon?  I'll get some rehearsals on the calendar ASAP.
Classes will continue through the summer, though we may have some guest teachers (Namory and I are both traveling at different times). And stay tuned (top secret don't spread the word) for details about a quick performance at Salsa in the Park in Portsmouth.
Hope to see you soon!
Best wishes, Liz 
Marita Kennedy-Castro’s West African Dance Class for All Levels is every Tuesday evening from 6 - 7:30 PM. This class will run from 7-8:30 in the months of June - August


Check this video out!

Namory Keita plays for this class along with his advanced students. Join the fun!

Portland New Church
302 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04101‬‬‬

Seny Daffe teaching dance class at Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave, 6 pm on May 28th, 2019 - $16-$20 sliding scale – cash at the door - more details at

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