Kojo Ayinde Johnson
South Orange, NJ
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Kojo Ayinde Johnson

Kojo Ayinde J.

South Orange, NJ
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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 Ayinde J.

My name is Kojo Ayinde Johnson, 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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