Classes & Partnerships

Nam vil dancer

Class with Namory Keita is a wonderful opportunity to study Djembe & the traditional full ensemble of the Doundoun family, straight from the village of Sangbaralla, 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 if you are curious about anything not listed here. 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 ($7.50!!).

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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 Check out the EVENTS page for upcoming Advanced Djembé, Dounoun & Dance focused workshops

Nam at Root Wild
Beginner to Advanced Beginner 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)!

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.

First class at Root Wild was a blast and the kombucha delish!  beginner drum class video

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.

The Dance Hall‬‬‬‬‬
7 Walker St, Kittery, ME 03904‬‬‬‬‬

Thursdays - All levels
Drum starts at 5:30-6:30‬‬ PM‬‬‬ / $15 pr class Shot 2019 04 26 at 5.43.37 PMMarita Kennedy-Castro, Seny Daffe, Namory Keita, Liz Fowler 

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.‬‬‬

Dance class with Liz
6:45 to 8:15 / $15 drop ins or $96 for eight pre-paid


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


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

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
Sangbaralla, Guinea, West Africa
Portland, Maine, USA

(603) 831-9609