177 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
Experience Hand Drumming and the African Arts in Arlington: Featuring the DrumConnection
Learn about the art of hand drumming and a drumming school that loves to give back to the African communities where the art originated.
Alan Tauber has over 55 years of experience teaching and playing the drums. He has taught not only West African drum styles, but also variants from Haiti and Cuba. But what sets Tauber and DrumConnection apart from all the thousands of drumming schools and circles in the United States is a strong desire and the will to give back to the communities that spawned those drum styles:"We love drumming but it is also a business for us. We need to stay in business to help the poor on the African continent. And in 2014-15 this is extremely important as the economy of Guinea is nonexistent due to the ebola and fear of it too. We build djembe and dunun drums in Guinea and support African craftsmen and women to help them put rice on the table with a sauce and aid in relief work in heath care, mostly malaria relief. When people attend our classes, attend our workshops or buy a drum from us, they are helping Africa as well."