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West African Drumming for Teens & Adults with Roderick Davis
May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 7:55 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 6, 2019
West African Drumming for Teens & Adults
Instructor: Roderick Davis
Description:Have you ever wanted to learn how to play Traditional West African Djembe Music? If so, this is the perfect class for you! All skill levels are welcomed. Students will experience the joy of West African Drumming while learning the nuances of the Djembe ensemble. Beginners will learn basic techniques and more experienced players will learn the accompaniments, solos, as well as Dunun Rhythms. Each class will be tailored to the skill level of the students attending. Treat yourself to something new and fun. If you don’t own your own drum, no worries. Djembes will be available first come first served. Thanks, hope to see you there!
Roderick Davis is the Musical Director and Lead Drummer of Ezibu Muntu African Dance Co. He was introduced to the dance company in 1994 by one of his mentors and original member of the Ezibu, Renee Knight. Roderick has been an active member of the company dedicating 20 plus years of studying and sharing his knowledge of West African Djembe music. Mr. Davis has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Architectural Drafting & Design from Virginia State University and an Advanced Certification in Principles of Engineering from Duke University. He has taught Technology Education, Pre-Engineering and Basic Architecture at MLK Middle School for 8 years, also starting a West African Music program after school at MLK Middle. Roderick is currently the Lead Teacher for Richmond Public School’s Governor’s Engineering Academy at RTC for 5 years now. He is also an adjunct professor of West African Djembe music and history at University of Richmond. He mentors under-served youth centered on teaching them West African music and drum repair. He also volunteers teaching music therapy to adults and children with various cognitive disabilities in Richmond and surrounding counties. Roderick is also the co-founder of Capoeira Resisténcia Richmond with world renowned capoeira master, Mestre Panão in 2005. Mr. Davis is now the group’s first graduated American Instructor of capoeira and is now teaching this Brazilian martial art form in the community of Charlottesville VA.
Thursdays, 5/16 – 6/6
7pm – 7:55pm
*Four week course