Kojo Ayinde Johnson

Kojo J.

South Orange, NJ
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Love Djembe!? Have a child who loves to drum on everything in the house?
Learn all you you need to know to enjoy your personal djembe drum and bring joy to your family and community. Hi, my name is Kojo and I have been teaching children & adults the traditional music of the West African Djembe for a little more than 15 years. I bring my unique experience and teaching style which has been perfected through years of Teaching Artist work in Brooklyn, NY.
Looking forward to making music, and helping you reach your Djembe goals together!

About Kojo J.

My name is Kojo, professional musician & educator with my specific focus on the Djembe orchestra of Guinea, West Africa. I began studying and playing Djembe back in 1992 in NYC with local master drummers between Manhattan & my home town, Brooklyn, NY. Soon after that I began studying with Djembefola-Mahari Fajimba Keita out of Wash, DC who would later introduce me to his teacher, Grandmaster Mamady Keita, whom I would goto study with at his Tam Tam Mandingue School in Guinea, West Africa in 1996.

In 2007 I founded my arts education consultant company, TheHand Arts & Edutainment, after spending years as performance artist & company musician with the Forces Of Nature Dance Theater Company & the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater; both based in NYC. Currently, I am a founding member of my percussion soul/funk band - NUBIAN MESSENGERS. Djembe has been my love after learning to play my first instrument, piano as a child and then becoming a Hip-Hop DJ in my teenage years. Djembe is a source of my inner-strength that keeps me connected & centered.

So join the Djembe Journey because, as my Mamady Keita says, "Djembe has No Borders".


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3 Reviews
Bert T.
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Great experience as I’m a beginner Kojo was very patient and walked me through the basics. I can’t wait for the next session

Posted Oct 22, 2021
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Kojo was very personal and adapted his lessons to fit my unique needs!

Posted Sep 21, 2021
Julie G.
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Patient and knowledgeable instructor.

Posted Jun 11, 2021

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Instructor, Founder
Jan 2007 - Dec 2020

TheHAND Arts & Edutainment

TheHAND is my company founded in 2007 to introduce, teach & train youth of all backgrounds on the Djembe of Guinea,West Africa. It is one of the first arts education consulting companies of it's kind in NYC to primarily focus of teaching Djembe and it's cultural tradition to children with the public school system, which is the largest school system in NY, Kojo & The Hand has partnered with over 15 schools & organizations over these 20 years.

Teaching Artist After School Enrichment
Sep 2009 - Jun 2017

Achievement First Charter Schools

Facilitating Djembe drumming & other cultural arts expressions in for K-5th grades during in-school instruction & after school time.


Black & Puerto Rican Studies
Jan 1991 - Jun 1993

Hunter College

Aug 1988 - Jun 1991

Clark Atlanta University


Jul 2019
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
Brooklyn Arts Council
Jul 2005
Brooklyn Arts Council's mission is to act as a coordinating, educational, and service organization to promote and encourage the knowledge, appreciation, and practices of the arts through public educational and cultural activities, and to provide support and services to artists and arts organizations. We are the arts council for the borough of Brooklyn. We bring leadership and energy to every part of Brooklyn’s arts scene, supporting and connecting it all. It doesn’t matter where you fit into the arts—artist, audience member, participant, venue, educator or supporter—we want you to create and experience the arts in every neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Universal Zulu Nation
Feb 1986
Focuses on all aspects of hip-hop which includes DJing, emcees, break dancing, graffiti and knowledge.

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