West African Drum & Dance Camp

An Unforgettable Learning Experience


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  • Four levels of djembe classes
  • Classes in balafon, dunun, kora, singing, shekere, and krin
  • Drum-maintenance, building, blinging, re-heading, and tuning led by Tom Harris
  • Open community drumming under the moon and stars


  • Two levels of dance classes
  • Percussive dance instruction on Duns
  • Free morning yoga classes
  • Massage and healing arts practitioners
  • Grand Finale talent show and concert
  • Guinea-style folklore celebration

Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, North Carolina

Monday, May 6th through Sunday, May 12th, 2019


You are invited to come and experience the warm, high-energy sense of community created at the annual Kumandi Drum and Dance Camp. Join long-time attendees and first-time friends to create an inviting atmosphere of fun, play, learning and togetherness in the spirit of West African drum and dance. Enjoy a full week immersed in the community, music and culture, or come for a shorter time – various packages are available.


The experienced and highly talented staff of instructors is brought together by Julie & Andrew Moore, with the support of Chuck Cogliandro of Kumandi Drums, to satisfy everyone from the beginning beginner to the advanced-level participant.


This event sells out quickly after registration opens, and has been very highly regarded, . . . don’t miss out!


All classes 90 minutes long.  Rental drums are available.  A deposit of $100 per person is required to hold your space.  For cancellations up to April 1st, all but $50 of the deposit is returned.  After April 1st, no refunds except for health emergencies.


All of this takes place in the natural spring-time beauty of Wildacres Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway northeast of Asheville. All accommodations are in very comfortable, double-occupancy hotel-style rooms with private bath.  Delicious family-style, dining-hall meals include vegetarian and vegan options.


Adults/Teens, Arrival
     Monday 6PM $695
     Tuesday 6PM $645
     Wednesday 6PM $590
     Thursday 12Noon $565
     Thursday 6PM $535
Youth, AGE 6-12, Arrival
     Monday 6PM $425
      Tuesday 6PM $395
     Wednesday 6PM $365
     Thursday 12Noon $350
     Thursday 6PM $335
Children, Age 3-5, Arrival
     Monday 6PM $260
      Tuesday 6PM $230
     Wednesday 6PM $200
     Thursday 12Noon $185
     Thursday 6PM $170
Children, Age 0-2 Free
Daily Commuter  Limited
     Adult Per Day $75
     Age 6-12 Per Day $60
     Age 3-5 Per Day $45


While making music together, people surpass invisible frontiers – as music is the only language which reaches from heart to heart  –  without words,  .  .  .  or aggression.

-Yacoub ‘Bruno’ Camara of Fatala