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

Beginner to Advanced Beginner Drum Class EVERY Monday (unless this site says otherwise!)
New Location
255 West Concord St
Portland, ME 
Ongoing - 6 pm - 7 Mondays
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!!

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's class offers an opportunity to play Doun Douns AND  dance - a contemporary form of West African dance and drum fun! See Seny's video below!


Oct, 2019 - NEW NOTES from Liz:
This week, Seny Daffe and Namory Keita are teaming up once again in Portland and Kittery, ME and Bristol, NH!  If you've been to one of their joint workshops before, you know how fun the energy is. If you haven't been before, here's a taste of what's to come - from one of Seny's classes in Kittery in April. Drumming, dancing, singing, and lots of joy!
Namory and Seny
Tuesday, October 29
New Church
302 Stevens Ave
Portland, ME
Drum class with Namory
$15 cash or check
Dance class with Seny
$18 cash or check
Wednesday, October 30
(Old) Bristol Town Hall
45 Summer Street
Bristol, NH
Drum class with Namory
$15 cash, check, or Paypal
Dundun Dance class with Seny
$15 cash, check, or Paypal
Thursday, October 31
Dance Hall
7 Walker Street
Kittery, ME
Drum class with Namory
5:30 - 6:30
$15 cash or check
Dundun dance class with Seny
$18 for drop ins or $15 (pay just $3 at the door) if you have a punch card
We know that there is a huge event in Portsmouth on Thursday, but if you're not going to the parade - join us in Kittery!  Namory and Seny will be judging costumes and the best one gets a free class!
Thursday, November 7 and November 14
Classes at the Dance Hall in Kittery
Namory will be away - stay tuned to find out who will be guest teaching drum and leading accompaniment for dance.
Namory is performing with a group of musicians of Portland called Palaver Strings. They are touring throughout the state of Maine with a Welcome Home project - "celebrating stories and music from three Maine immigrant communities".  Namory will be accompanying on djembe with folks from the Burundi community.  Here's a recent story about the project from the Ellsworth American.
Namory will be heading to Guinea on December 14 - until mid February. We'll have a send-off party for him in Kittery before that.  Stay tuned for a date and details.  In the meantime, you can support Namory's efforts in Guinea to build an arts school - the Hamana Arts Center. We will also likely be collecting some minimal supplies to send with him.
There are no classes on Thursday, November 28 or Thursday, December 26.  Other than those dates, classes will continue every Thursday - weather dependent. If Kittery schools close for inclement weather, we will likely not have class. If we cancel for weather we will post on our web page: as well as on our Facebook group 
I just got another batch of Guinea map stickers, which I'm selling at cost. (a variety of sizes) Buy a sticker for your laptop, water bottle, car, and/or your bike to share the Guinea love!  I'll continue to bring them to classes. And I'll continue to be selling lapas (wrap skirts) that I've had for a few years. Buy what you'd like by donation. That pool of money will go toward the trip to Guinea in December 2020-January 2021.
Hope to see you all soon - in class or around town.
Best wishes,

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