The drumming (and the homework!) has challenged me, dragging me from my comfort zone. I needed that and I definitely got it! Sekou Tepakalunda Conde is an informed and enthusiastic teacher. The knowledge that he has imparted in terms of the history and culture related to the drumming as well as the region from whence it came, has changed my perspective on how I approach playing the drums.
If trapped in your comfort zone and need to escape, this class will do the trick! Our brother Sekou challenged, pushed, educated and encouraged us! I really appreciated his very obvious love and passion for the music through his in depth lectures on the historical and cultural relationships to the rhythms that we were learning, as well as his insistence on us "putting a face" to the music; making certain that we were cognizant of the fact that the music was about the people who created it, first and foremost. Thanks to my brother for truly bringing the music to life.