African Drumming

Tuesday, June 12, 2 p.m.

The drum is perhaps the oldest instrument in the world and one of the earliest means of communication as it derives from our very own heart beat. When we think of Africa, we often think of drumming. Mr. Sosthenes Kwesi Nunyapke, or “Uncle Kwesi” was born in Ghana and raised in Togo with parents from both countries. He moved to the U.S. in 1966 and has been teaching African drumming for decades. In this vibrant class, students will learn about drums such as the kenkeni, sangba, dun dun and djembe. With as many as 30 drums available to him, Kwesi ensures each student a hands-on lesson in traditional African drumming which will resonate within each student for years to come.


This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.