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James Cannon




  • Music

Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country


Student-centered, hands-on, percussion-driven, West African drumming residencies! During this drumming workshop, the students will learn a selection of rhythms and songs from West Africa. Students will learn about the geography, history, and musical cultures of Africa while learning to play the djembe and dundun drums. Drums will be provided. A typical residency lasts 5 days and culminates with a student led performance on the final day. Workshops can be scheduled for more or fewer days. James Cannon studied West African drumming with Mohamed DaCosta and Dr. B. Michael Williams at Winthrop University. He has been teaching drumming workshops and artist in residencies since 2005 and would love to share this music with you and your students. James Cannon lives in Charleston, SC, where he plays jazz drum set, teaches privately, and provides percussion instruction to several Lowcountry band programs.