“In my 30+ years of teaching, here are some of the most common requests I receive from students to improve their djembe skills”
Louis Cesar Ewande - DJEMBESOLO founder

“I can’t slap without hurting my hands
A pleasant and powerful sound comes from a balance between control and relaxation. With the right guidance, students who have struggled with their sound for years can solve their problem in a matter of weeks.
“I want to understand how djembe music works
Musical information about rhythm structure, conventions, and pattern repertoire is transmitted by osmosis in Africa. Therefore, if you study the djembe outside of its original environment, you will need formal explanations to understand how things work.
“I need more vocabulary
Your repertoire can help you make a good impression, but more than that, the extent of your vocabulary will help you make choices about how you want to communicate.

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The 100+ patterns demonstrated in the DJEMBESOLO PATTERNS course will constantly renew your vocabulary (yearly updates). The B-Tracks course is the perfect tool to practice them at SLOW and FASTER speeds.

Some courses contain ASSIGNMENTS. They are not mandatory but are highly recommended as it is a unique opportunity to receive personalized feedback on your practice. This can avoid misunderstandings and helps you validate your progress with more certainty.

DJEMBESOLO in three words

  • Pragmatic

    Feeling is the pinnacle of understanding. But understanding helps to unlock the feeling. Video quality of DJEMBESOLO courses allow to relate on pure imitation. However every important theoretical aspects are explained... Just in case.

  • Focused

    What matters is what can be played rather than what can be said.
    History, geography and ethnology provide contextual information about the music but they are not musical disciplines per se. Music styles keep evolving no matter the context.
    It's proven.
    DJEMBESOLO courses are strictly focused on how to play the djembe.

  • Versatile

    The courses will prepare you to feel comfortable in the different styles of djembe music because of what they have in common.

What's in a course?

The courses contain different types of contents that are listed in their description.

  • Videos with EXPLANATIONS in English. When available, subtitles are indicated by the flag of the corresponding country language.

  • Videos with DEMONSTRATIONS at SLOW and FASTER speeds with a transcription displayed at the bottom with a cursor synchronized to the music at SLOW speed.

  • Videos containing an AUDIO track and a transcription with a cursor synchronized to the music.



  • TEXTS containing explanations.

You are not on your own

After your purchase you will receive a confirmation email from Stripe or Paypal and another one from DJEMBESOLO explaining everything you need to know about your account. Your course(s) will be available instantly, across any and all devices you own. If you have any problems, you can always contact me by mail.

  • To access to your course(s) log in with the email address and password you used to sign up. Then click on MY DASHBOARD in the menu. This is where your course(s) will be stored.

  • You can ask questions in every chapter of a course. Click the discussion button and type in your message.

  • You are welcome in the Community area where you can interact with other students, share transcriptions, audio and video contents.


  • When does a course finish?

    If you practice like a monk everyday some courses can be completed in 30 days. That said, regular practice is the golden rule, so I encourage you to take your time and review previous lessons from time to time. There are levels of internalization that cannot be rushed through by hard work, time and persistence are your friends.

  • Levels

    The content of some courses is organized by levels, while others mix INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED material. When you register for courses organized by levels, you have immediate access to the BASIC level, then to the INTERMEDIATE level 15 days later and to the ADVANCED level 15 days after the INTERMEDIATE level has been unlocked. If you try to override this restriction, a message saying "The course has not yet been released" will be displayed. This does not mean that the course is not ready or has not been published, but that you cannot access it until it is unlocked for the reasons explained above.

    Why is that?
    To prevent students from moving on to lessons that will not be as beneficial as they should be because the previous content has not been given enough time to be understood and practiced.

  • How long do I have access to a course?

    After enrolling, you have unlimited access to your course(s) for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

  • How long do I have access to a Membership?

    When a course or a bundle is available with a Membership registration, after enrolling, you have access to your course(s) as long as your subscription is active.

  • Paypal and Stripe

    When you purchase a course, you can use either Stripe or Paypal. However, since Paypal does not support recurring payments, you must use Stripe to enroll in a membership.

  • What if I am not happy with the course?

    If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 15 days and I will give you a full refund. No questions asked.

I support djembe students and teachers
all around the world


May Ling

“Important concepts every intermediate Djembe player should know, beautifully presented.”

Pavel Agapov

“The steps are clearly shown. The examples about Djembe and voice are perfect to avoid misunderstandings...”

Stefanie Rüesch - Teacher

“No es fácil. Cabeza, cuerpo y corazón han de ir juntos. Los pequeños detalles hacen grandes diferencias. Es una sensación física.”

Jean-Pierre Crevoisier

“The Binary Ternary & More Course is very illustrative. Because the particular phrasing makes Djembe music so unique, this course is fundamental. I got such a good insight into how to phrase appropriately and the assignments are very helpful to get to that stage. Learning how to sing Djembe rhythms properly brought my rehearsing to a next level. Big up!”

Fabio Meier

“Organized solos makes them understandable by the listener, which is what we want as musicians... Great stuff again! Congratulations!”

Michel Weelen - Teacher

“Great teaching!”

Clifford Koufman - Teacher

“Texto muito bem estruturado e de fácil entendimento, com conteúdo e esclarecedor.”

Paulo Martins

“Thank you! This is perfect for me. I have been practicing djembe between 8 to 12 hours a week for the last 3 years. Making sure my time with my drum really counts is deeply important to me. All advices in this intro are crystal clear, and this, I truly appreciate. Onward with the ‘new’ with pride and patience. ”

Shan Fay
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