West African Cultural Foundation

West African Cultural Foundation

5.0Exceptional(5 reviews)

About

I teach African drums like Djembe and Dun Dun's - I have been teaching for 40 years - I was a teacher for Motherland Music as well as Remo. I can teach over skpe or zoom if you like. I have a you tube link where you can see me improvising a rhythm with a fellow drummer. https://youtu.be/rrEqNTyMF_A

I love teaching and seeing my students actually become independent. Many of my students have become famous drummers which keeps the legacy going.


Highlights

1 employee
5 years in business
Serves Los Angeles , CA

Details

Able to read music

Student can read sheet music, Student can read percussion notation, Student understands note durations and rests, Student can't read music

Musical styles

I can make recommendations

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Types of drums

Hand drums (bongo, conga, etc.)

Lesson length

45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Student have drums

Student already has drums, Student is planning to purchase drums and would advice

Photos and videos


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    Dan B.

    Dear Ayo, August 11, 2020
    In sacred circles from from the Passover Village in Joshua Tree to men’s groups since 1991 I have been blessed to contribute the sound of the mother spirit. THANKS TO YOU I have such a love for the drum and all the lessons it’s taught me. I’ve learned that if my hands hurt, I’m not doing it right! I’ve learned to use the drum to ground the energy as well as elevate the mood.
    I learned that the sound and vibration of the mother comes through the drum and it is irresistible. You cannot close your ears to the drum because it is speaking to your whole body and even your whole body cannot stop it.
    I learned that generosity and kindness are hallmarks of the masters and I have been honored and blessed to have learned these and more from you, my friend, my teacher, my Brother.
    I wish you much peace and continued blessings on the occasion of your birthday!
    I LOVE YOU!
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    September 22, 2020

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    David M.

    I have been a student of Baba for 24 years. In addition to having been able to embrace the techniques of drumming, I have been led to understand learning rhythm as a way of life.
    I am greatly honored to hold Baba as a teacher, friend and brother.
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    September 15, 2020

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    Dhani C.

    I loved my entire experience working with West African Cultural Foundation. Baba Ayo is one of the kindest humans you will ever meet; a respected and beloved elder, and a cultural treasure. He has vast experience and knowledge, and he happens to be a talented teacher as well. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!
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    September 15, 2020

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    Lyn M.

    I have been taking lessons from Ayo for years. Sharing a lesson with Ayo is magical. Its not like regular drum classes because you learn spiritual lessons from Africa while learning to play. Also totally fun and funky.
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    September 13, 2020

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    David M.

    I have a had the pleasure and honor working with Baba Ayo for 24 years. During that time I have been immersed in the joy and wonder of dancing on the rhythmic Path. Blessings to you Baba
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    September 11, 2020

    Frequently asked questions

    I have a prescripped steps to learn drums - there are 9 basic rhythms which will allow you to play with anyone.

    I am an African Master Drummer - I have taught at Loma Linda, UCLA and Antioch.  I am well known in the drumming community and used to tour with Baba Olatunji opening for the Grateful Dead all over the country


    Services offered

    Drum
    Djembe