West African Drumming with Jessie Lehmann

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Jessie Lehmann has an innate passion that she brings to her musical performances and her teaching of traditional West African djembe music.

A patient and knowledgeable teacher, she strives to share the culture, music, drumming and dance of West Africa with people of all communities.

The mission is to inspire through drumming with high energy and positive vibes, bringing people together through rhythm and songs that ignite spirit and unity.

Jessie and the team invite you to come play with us and join with the community in a way that encourages openness and respect for each other and the planet through West African drumming.

Drum Services


Live performances can be specially catered to any size or type of event to include full dance troupes and a wide variety of West African musicians.


African Drumming workshops with Jessie Lehmann are designed according to the needs of your school, camp, office, church, or organization.


Whether you are a first time drummer, a drum circle guru, or a serious percussion student, Jessie can cater to your needs and help you reach your personal goals.

Why Group Drumming?

  • FUN!

  • Unites people through drumming together

  • Can be used to teach values, teamwork, integrity, listening skills and much more

  • A perfect physical activity for people of all abilities

  • People can work towards a performance to share

  • Rhythm stimulates brain and memory

  • It’s a productive way for people to relieve stress

  • Drumming makes many people simply feel better!

Upcoming Events

Weekly Mixed Level Djembe Class

Weekly Mixed Level Djembe Class

This is an open drop in class for most anyone. Even if you have little experience with the djembe. You will learn the “rules” of West African drumming and work on various group arrangements, accompaniment parts and basic rudiments that can be used on the djembe in a...

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5 Villages Trip with Bolokada Conde

5 Villages Trip with Bolokada Conde

Excited to announce that Bolokada Conde will be leading a 2018 trip to Guinea, West Africa! Check out the info above and if you have any questions, let us know.

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Teaching at Asheville Percussion Festival

Teaching at Asheville Percussion Festival

Hey Asheville Drummers, I'm excited to be teaching some dundun classes this coming week at the Asheville Percussion Festival alongside an amazing lineup of globally diverse artists. There is something for everyone, and I hope to see you there!

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Live at Bonaroo!

Live at Bonaroo!

Super excited to be playing percussion with Global Folk Hop Trio, Los Bad Hombres at the 2017 Bonarroo Music Festival!

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African drum class with Jessie started 2017 off with a Bang!

African drum class with Jessie started 2017 off with a Bang!

 Join the Asheville,West African Drum Class Community! African drum classes Asheville Jan 2017 Our first African drum class of the year in Asheville at Studio Zahiya was a blast. What a great turn out! Join us each Thursday 6pm at Studio Zahiya! We worked on bass,...

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Our campers blossomed under her guidance and our volunteers continually raved about her classes


Camp Blue Skies

As a drumming teacher, Jessie is patient and knowledgable. She has learned these rhythms from the inside out and can teach with compassion and authority

Eliza Lynn


Jessie is great to work with and makes connections to those around

Stacy Enos

Warren Wilson

Contact Jessie Lehmann for more information about performances, workshops, & classes

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