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The Motherland Music

open seven days a week!
Institute of African Music Studies

Weekly Classes & Community Drum Circles

We invite you to learn great ways to express yourself through the drum.

Visit us at Motherland Music in Inglewood, CA!

All skill levels are welcome.

CLASSES : Range from "FREE" to $25 per student

Motherland hosts a "FREE" Drum-Cirles

Every-Saturday afternoon (2-4pm) Cost = FREE!

Walk-in or call in advance, everyone welcome!

All classes and circles/workshops meet here: Motherland Music, 601 N. Eucalyptus Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302 (310) 673-8000
Drums are available for rent ($5 per class) and for sale at very reasonable prices!

Let's Get Drumming @Motherland Music!

Wednesday Evenings
All Levels -- Ivorian Djembe and Djun-Djun Drumming with Master Drummer Solo Soro, from Cote D'Ivoire.

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. $20


Saturday Afternoons 
Senegalese Djembe & Djun-djun Drumming with Master Drummer/Educator Malik Sow from Senegal.

(Caution: very addictive class!) 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - $20

Experience the power of djembe and djun-djun drums with Malik Sow from Senegal. All levels are welcome, beginner to advanced! Malik teaches technique, musical phrasing and breathing, and encourages you to express yourself. He teaches the traditional African way, making the novice to master comfortable. A truly remarkable experience! This class would be inexpensive at thrice the price. Malik can take anyone deeper into drumming. Having been thoroughly trained at an early age in dance movements and the historical contexts and meanings of various traditional dances of the Mali Empire, he's also very adept at choreography and dance. Malik brings a unique and special approach to performance that's simply amazing. We call Malik's Saturday class the Real Deal!

Malik is also much in demand for clinics, scheduled school assembly performances, TV/film (AFTRA/SAG) and private lessons. He recently performed on the Academy Awards and made an appearance on a new Oprah Winfrey Network show, and wherever he drums, people are stunned by his mastery. Talk is cheap, come hear him here for yourself! Be water wise: bring some water until we get our cooler re-installed for free refills.

Class is taught by master drummer, Malik Sow (pron. "Soh") from Dakar, Senegal. As a young boy in Senegal, Malik studied with master drummer Doussou Koulibaly and dancer Karounga Sakho. In 1970 Sow was lead drummer in the Ballet d'Afrique Noire; three years later he became the Musical Director for the Ballet National du Senegal, a position he held for ten years. Sow has traveled worldwide sharing his knowledge of West African culture and his musical abilities, and we are delighted to host his Wednesday and Saturday weekly classes at Motherland Music.

Malik also drums at top regional dance studios and in special appearances and has been a featured and beloved educator in both Los Angeles and Orange County school arts programs for many years. He has acted in, consulted and composed music for films (notably Stephen Spielberg's Amistad [and Richard Jenkins's The Visitor]). Malik's affable manner is guaranteed to make you smile and feel better about yourself, and he can definitely help you to improve your drumming, whatever your level of ability, beginner to pro. Malik's Wednesday class focuses on fundamentals like mastering bass, tone, and slap sounds on djembe, and authentic traditional Malinke dance rhythms, Senegal style. Waw!


World Rhythms With Eric

Learn conga, djembe, shekere, bell, and bass drum patterns.

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM $25.00

No sign up, just show up and bring your drum or rent a Motherland drum for 5.00


Sunday Afternoon

Drum with PASHYO

Six Week Series, pay in advance for discount, or drop in at your convenience.



We can help you plan your classes/events featuring some of the very best African performing artists & educators!
Please email dan@motherlandmusic.com
with your requirements, how many drummers, etc., incl. class/performance dates, times, etc.

All classes and drum circles/workshops listed above meet at:
Motherland Music
601 N. Eucalyptus Ave
between Hyde Park & Juniper Streets on Eucalyptus Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90302

Local Phone: (310) 673-8000 | Toll-Free: (888) 419-0515
Fax: (310) 673-8001 |



Community Drum Circles and Workshops

Recurring :

Hermosa Beach: Community Drum Circle every 3rd Sunday, 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m., facilitated by Sabina Sandoval. 25 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach.

Huntington Beach: This popular tourist & surf destination also hosts regular Sunday Drum Jams beginning at 12:00 noon on the beach north of the Pier.

Inglewood: Motherland Music, Every Saturday .......




Leimert Park: 43rd St. @ Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park. Sunday afternoons, approx. 2 p.m. until dusk. Friendly African-themed shops and dining nearby.

North Hollywood: Remo Recreational Music Center (online calendar & info.).

Venice Beach: Depending on the weather and who shows up to jam, this is often among the better mostly-impromptu circles in southern California. Usually circles form Saturdays and Sundays in the p.m. until dusk.



Motherland Music Institute of African Music Studies
Still going strong 20 years after Dan Rice founded them!


What about -2020 and beyond?

Well, the next few years are going to be AMAZING at Motherland Music.
It will be a time for fun and great memories. Please, drop by, stay tuned!

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