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Internationally-renowned West African Drummer Leads Atlanta Workshop Friday & Saturday
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Internationally-renowned West African Drummer Leads Atlanta Workshop Friday & Saturday

Braimah’s master classes cost as little as $5 dollars and are part of the ‘DanceAfrica Atlanta Class Series’ produced by GIWAYEN MATA, Atlanta’s all-female dance, percussion and vocal ensemble.

Feb 15, 2011 (Atlanta, GA) – This weekend in Atlanta, Black History Month anticipates the teachings of a world-renowned drum master. Ghana-born djembe and dunun master drummer Weedie Braimah will teach a drum workshop at BNM Studio located 409 Mead Road Decatur, GA 30030.  Joined by New Orleans native  and dancer, Christan Carter, expect to learn how the dance movements correspond with high-energy West Africa drumming techniques.

In the African cultures, the sound of the drum represents the spirit and heartbeat of the community. It expresses mood, power, solidarity and when uniting the community with the drum, it represents the collective rhythm of life. The Braimah/Giwayen Mata’s high-impact series kicks off this weekend at 7:30pm on Friday, February 17th and continues 3:00pm, February 18th. The drum workshop will be filled on a first-come-first served basis.  Arrive early to stretch before class.


‘DanceAfrica Atlanta Class Series’


Friday, Feb 17th 

BNM Studio 409 Mead Road Decatur, GA 30030

$5.00                                   African Drum & Dance Combo (children)                 7:30pm – 10:00pm

$15.00                                 African Drum & Dance Combo (adults)                     7:30pm – 10:00pm

$12.00                                 African Drum Class Only (adults)                               7:30pm – 9:00pm

$8.00                                   African Dance Class Only (adults)                              9:00pm – 10:00pm


Saturday, Feb 18th

Afrikan Djeli 933 Lee Street SW Atlanta, GA 30310

$12.00                                   African Drum Class Only (adults)                                             3:00pm – 4:30pm

$6.00                                    African Drum Class Only (children)                                          3:00pm – 4:30pm



Call: Omelika Kuumba 404-604-9364

Text 504-6102237

PayPal: giwashop@giwayenmata.org

Web: www.GiwayenMata.org



Jen Farris 404-921-5921 jenfarris@zdennismediagroup.com


For nearly 20 Years, GIWAYEN MATA, a dynamic, soul-stirring, all-sistah dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble has ‘wowed’ audiences in Atlanta and throughout the nation with high-energy-filled performances, workshops and classes. Dedicated to perpetuating the study and teachings of African cultures through dances, rhythms, and songs of Africa to audiences of all ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds, the West African Hausa named GIWAYEN MATA "Elephant Women" celebrates and uplifts women, the community and the planet. Founded by Omelika Kuumba, Zuri Sami Ra Maati Jordan, and eight other women of color, the 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization has been recognized by USA Magazine and was voted 2003’s “Best Local International / World Music Act” in Creative Loafing Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Issue. The nation embraced them on NBC television network reality series “America’s Got Talent” and they prepared members of the cast of the BRAVO cable network top-rated reality series “Real Housewives of Atlanta” in a soul-stirring dance experience before their first trip to Africa.


Weedie Braimah is a master drummer, teacher and consummate artist hailing from a long lineage of musicians; including his mother, a respected jazz drummer and his father, a world renowned composer and master drummer. Born in Ghana, his twenty-year career began at the early age of two. He possesses a high-energy djembe style as seen in the Dagbumbe tribal group in Northern Ghana and is known for drawing the entire audience into his groove, zigzagging through Africa on a breathtaking rhythmic roller coaster. A maverick performer of the highest caliber, he has studied with every African master drummer of note including Mor Thiam, Baba Camara, Mamady Keita, a long list of Afro-pop stars including Salif Keita, Youssou N’dour and Baaba Maal and even jazz icon Chick Correa. His students learn the history, geography, and techniques and culture and offer a better understanding of heritage and the traditions of African ancestors.

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