Manan Ajimah grew up with the traditions and folklore of West African percussion and is a guardian of and ambassador for the djembe and its rhythms.
Based in Cape Town since 2006, Manan has taught individuals and groups in Africa and in Europe, and inspired many hundreds of people to fall in love with the djembe and develop their knowledge and skills in traditional drumming.
He is known for his genuine warmth and encouragement, and meeting the learner at the appropriate level; he is able to challenge without overwhelming.
He has inspired and tutored many highly proficient drummers who have gone on to develop their own drum circles and have become teachers themselves.
Djembe drums are made available or you bring your own. You may also be interested in our Saturday afternoon drum circle.
Training DVD Available
What People Say About Learning with Manan Ajimah
Manan Ajimah is a fantastic djembe teacher. My playing has vastly improved under Manan's guidance. He knows exactly which rhythms will engage, test, challenge, and improve my playing. He is patient and encouraging. The traditions of the djembe are infused in him and make him an inspiration. He also has humility, warmth and integrity - qualities I don’t take for granted. ~ J Livingstone
I’m a drummer and percussion enthusiast so when I wanted to learn West African drumming I remembered some djembe shops on Long Street. I walked in and said, hey! Manan was warm and greeted me with a smile. We just sat down and played together for an hour. After that I would go once a week and he would teach me different rhythms, how to use my hands correctly, and even how the drums are made. He is an expert in the field. I highly recommend him. ~ N Goldman
The djembe changed my life. I had locked myself away in my room for several months, very depressed. But I realized that life had to go on, and ended up in Cape Town. Learning to drum with Manan opened my heart again. I felt goodness, happiness, hope. The energy changed inside me so strongly and I changed so much emotionally. I travelled and began to do all the things I had always wanted to do. The drum heals the heart and past bad experiences. It brings joy and love and I believe it reminds us of the real child heart inside every person. We learn to share through drumming and music, and to be together - which brings peace. ~ G Lin