Advanced West African Drumming - Borborbor

Charles Amewudah

Advanced West African Drumming - Borborbor

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Advanced West African Drumming - Borborbor with Charles Amewudah

This class will meet in person in Louisville at Louisville Nature Center. *Vaccination is required, masks may be required.

West Africa Advanced Drumming class.

Drumming and dancing in Africa tell a lot beyond entertainment. Drumming and Dancing (Ceremonial) tells a story, conveys emotion, recounts history, celebrates rites of passage, and helps to unify the community. 

Drumming and Dancing in Africa, specifically West Africa, is generally characterized by the people and the gender of the drummers and dancers. Drumming was originally reserved for men while women dominate dancing. Some dances are gender-specific, but a lot of others are gender-neutral. In general, men used large body movements, including jumping and leaping, while women danced smaller movements with much use of shuffle steps, the body in a bent position with crooked knees. African dancing can be seen in circle dance form, sometimes with musicians in the middle, or solo dancers, sometimes couples. Ecstatic seizure is an essential element of African ceremonial dancing for both religious and secular. Today in Africa, drumming is open to women, even though the men still dominate drumming. 

Borborbor Drumming 

Learn the fundamental movements of Borborbor Drumming from the Ewe people of Ghana, West Africa.

This class will teach you the fundamentals of traditional West African drumming with an emphasis on an understanding of the various drums’ parts, rhythms, and songs of Borborbor. 

What you will learn

  • Make a connection with the Ewe history to the Borborbor dance movements.
  • Sing the lyrics of the Borborbor song with the melody.
  • Gain experience in how to execute Borborbor drumming rhythm.
  • Know the names of the Ewe drums that are used for Borborbor drumming.
  • Recognize the Borborbor rhythm and transitions (breaks) bit.
  • Build stamina and endurance.
  • Participate in West African drumming classes with confidence.


In this class, students will learn Borborbor drum rhythm as rendered by the Ewe people of Ghana, West Africa. The class will begin by discussing the history of Borborbor drumming, singing, and dancing, the region and people who perform the dance, and when and for what occasion the dance is performed. Next is a series of demonstration videos of the natural drumming, singing, and dance movements of the Borborbor technique.

Further, an example of the call by the drummer/cantor to begin and/or change dance movement, known as a “break” will be demonstrated. 

By the end of this lesson students will know the history behind the drumming, singing, and dance movements of Borborbor, understand the purpose of the movements, can drum, and sing the Borborbor songs, have experience in how to execute Borborbor drumming, understand the rhythm and recognize the 'break" in the rhythm, and have the ability and skill to attend and participate in West African drumming, singing, and dance classes with confidence.

Who this class is for:

  • This class is for anyone who wants to learn West African drumming.
  • This class is for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in Ghanaian culture and drumming.
  • This class is for anyone who wants to learn Ghana and West African drumming.
  • Borborbor is approachable music but require a little bit of drumming skills, to grab it. The drumming is for ages above 11 years, all body types, and sizes, and requires a little bit of African drumming skills.
  • This class is a great way to build stamina, energize and burn calories having fun.
  • This class will benefit all drummers and drumming enthusiast.