Mar 15, 2016
Awesome teacher - teaches more than just how to drum.
For 5+ years, I have brought college students to Nana’s drumming classes. Nana is a fantastic and experienced teacher who guides students into the sounds and stories of the drum. His knowledge of African drumming, culture and storytelling transforms simple drumming classes into wonderful opportunities for reflection, growth and community building. By the end of the class, students are drumming and smiling together in an unspoken connection that continues long after we leave. Thank you, Nana, for an always educational, grounding and memorable experience!
Nov 16, 2015
I took lessons with Nana, it not only brought out the best musicianship in me, but taught me life lessons which are with me to this day. My son who is 10 years old also takes lessons from Nana and loves to learn from him. Nana is a great teacher.
I took Nana's class for six years and it was a wonderful experience .I drummed with people from France,Poland,Germany and Bosnia.I performed in many venues throughout San Diego.L will treasure those memories and Nana for the rest of my life.Much love Nana thank you💚
Nov 14, 2015
I have been playing drums for almost 40 years. I play all genres of music from jazz, to African, to East Indian, Blues, Funk and improv. I perform on drumset, East Indian percussion, African percussion and "found" percussion. I performed at least once a week with Nana from 2000 to 2005. I continue perform with Nana as much as possible. I consider every performance with Nana a master lesson. His technical, cultural and philosophical approach to drumming and music have significantly shaped my approach to all forms of music in any context on any percussive instrument. In addition, Nana is amazing with children. In one lesson, they learn rhythm, time, composition, African cultural history, team work, focus, humility, confidence and individual expression. I highly encourage anyone, of any age, of any experience, of any tradition to take the opportunity to study with a true master.
It is a rare opportunity in deed to learn from a legend and a true master of african percussion. Nana Yaw Obrafo has inspired a generation of drummers of whom I am one of. Nana has a vast knowledge of musical traditions and instruments and the cultural history from which they come. Nana is an outstanding teacher. he is patient and always kind. Willing to share with everyone who comes to him. I highly recommend if you have the opportunity you should definitely take his classes.
I have had the privilege of knowing Nana for over 30 years as a friend and fellow musician drummer. We have shared the professional stage performing in several African Dance Companies. Nana brings with him a wealth of knowledge in African music, djembe drumming and storytelling that set Nana apart from most African American Drummers.
Nana, is an excellent teacher who has shared his musical knowledge teaching children in the public school system for many years. His unique style of teaching music combined with math and storytelling is unique. Nana has the ability to bring his roots and love of African cultural music to people of all ages making it fun and enjoyable for everyone.
Nov 3, 2015
Nana is a true Maestre and captivating professor. I initially brought my kids thinking I would have them learn the power of the Djimbe only to realize I was learning as much as them. If you want you or your kids to learn any kind of drumming in the fastest, funnest and most authentic way possible look no further.
Nov 3, 2015
Nana is a great teacher, my son who is 2 years old has been attending the Toddler's Class at World Beat Center for over a year now. He loves drumming, singing and dancing to Nana's magical beats! Highly recommended to introduce music to children, the best gift your could give a new human being <3 Gracias Nana!
They say that patience is a virtue and that time is the teacher. This is what comes in the the Nana package. The go to man to take you from crawling to walking to running!!