Welcome to Super Mande Percussion – African Drumming Academy & Performance

About our Classes

African drumming classes for students of all ages

Mady Keita's African Drumming Academy

Mady Keita’s African Drumming Academy offers a range of drumming classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced players.  

The classes are suitable for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.  

Students will be shown the roots of African Drumming, learning traditional techniques and authentic Mande rhythms.

All classes are run by Master Drummer Mady Keita.

African drumming performance featuring Mady Keita and his students

Benefits of African drumming

  • Drumming is intuitive and accessible to anyone – we all have rhythm!
  • The various repetitions of the steady beat enhances your capacity to listen.
  • Drumming decreases depression, anxiety, stress, preconceived inhibitions and expectations.
  • Refines the use of motor skills and brings people together physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • Drumming together benefits physical health.
  • Stimulates creativity.
  • Boosts morale and creates a sense of being.

African drumming is a great daily activity that manages to reduce stress.  In Mady's home country, Mali, the drums are a daily part of life.  After a few lessons, you will come to understand the drums as a harmony of life.  The primary notes are generally referred to as 'bass''tone' and 'slap'.  The slap has a high, sharp sound and the tone has a more 'round' and full sound.  The bass is the lowest.  The combinations are infinitely varied.  It is a perfect lesson in the balances of day to day power and energy.

African drumming class with Mady Keita


Aside from group drumming classes, Mady Keita’s African Drumming Academy also offers:

  • Teacher Training in a group setting or one-on-one, available to music teachers at all levels.

All djembe drums, dounoun drums and equipment are provided.  Or if you have your own drum, bring it along.  It is recommended to wear comfortable pants made of non-slippery fabric.

Mady has been honing his techniques in African drumming for over 35 years.  He has mastered the techniques incorporated into djembe drum and doudoun drum playing through growing up with the many traditional ceremonies of Mali.

Mady has secured his position as a patient and dedicated teacher with a wealth of knowledge of authentic Mande rhythms.  Mady loves to teach and explain to people the knowledge and culture from where his style of drumming comes from, and he is always able to provide the insight needed to adapt a skill in drumming.

For Mady, every student is a potential Super Mande Percussionist.

The classes are a very rewarding experience and like everything at Super Mande Percussion African Drumming Academy & Performance very reasonably priced.

Customised classes can be arranged upon request.  Just contact us by sending a message through the Contact Us page to register your interest or make a booking.