Tam Tam Mandingue is an international school of Mande music founded by Mamady Keita in 1991. With 15 locations and 35 certified teachers around the globe, our goal is to preserve, teach and perform the traditional percussion music of the Mande, specifically the djembe and dunun drums.
The djembe ('jem-bay') is arguably the most popular drum in the world today. This is both a tremendous opportunity and a threat to the culture from whence this drum came. In West Africa the combined influences of Islam and Western culture are quickly eroding this tradition—even in the most remote villages.
A pioneer in the art of the djembe, Mamady Keïta has traveled the globe for over 20 years teaching and performing. No other djembefola (djembe player) has his ability to relate Mandingue music to the western mind like Mamady.