Classes open to all levels. Students are encouraged, but not required to bring their own drum.
Workshop Refund Policy: Candomble and Samba Reggae workshop refunds, minus $15 processing fee, are possible if notified in writing prior to or during the first week of class. After the first week of classes, all fees are nonrefundable.
Traditional Candomblé Drumming and Song
Gamo teaches the culture and drumming
traditions of Candomblé, one of
the oldest Brazilian religions originating
from Africa. As a third generation Master Drummer
raised in the Candomblé tradition of the Ketu nation,
Gamo works with all levels of students
to teach drumming techniques and
rhythms along with the traditional
songs that accompany each rhythm.
The practice of Candomblé embraces
men and women of all ages and cultures.
Gamo's previous classes have attracted
doctors, CEO's, educators, college
students, and others from all walks
of life. The teachings of Candomblé
and the Orixás are universal. Regardless
of religious affiliation, participants
learn to focus on "the Spirit" which
has no race and is not particular
to one group of people. The practice
of traditional drumming and chanting
in an ancient language serves as
a channel to that spiritual awareness.
Ultimately, this class takes on
a therapeutic nature as participants
immerse themselves further into
the awareness of Orixás as spiritual
guides revealing a connection unique
to each individual. This understanding
of the anthropomorphic qualities
of the Orixás allows participants
to further understand the healing
power of the Candomblé tradition.
Samba Reggae & Carnaval Performance
Practice with Quimbanda and prepare to perform! Gamo
instructs students to play in a
Brazilian Drum Ensemble or Batteria.
Several different types of drums
are played to create a rhythmically
soulful sound. Open
to women, men, and all levels of drummers. Come prepared
to move and groove!
Samba Reggae is a mixture of Brazilian
Samba and popular Reggae music.
In Brazil, this serves as popular
music played at festivals, parties,
and other social gatherings. Samba
Reggae is most noted for its role
in Carnaval, a massive parade of
music and dance.
Drumming Up Health!™
Consider for a moment how often we hear people say they feel "out of sync" - in other words they're out of rhythm. Drumming is one way to reconnect with life's rhythm and get back into a healthy cycle.
This 5-week class will focus on learning the basic techniques of drumming while creating simple rhythms in a group setting. Drumming, like meditation, is about focusing on one thing intently. Students will discover how to use drumming to achieve a meditative state that will help to release stress, regain mental and physical balance, and prepare for a more productive and attuned sense of well-being. No previous drumming experience necessary.
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