Interested in Learning to Drum? Drumming Classes Now Offered at PPL with Sidy Maiga beginning January 4

Providence Public Library is pleased to offer drumming classes with master percussionist Sidy Maïga beginning Monday, January 4 in the Library’s Auditorium, 3rd Floor (150 Empire Street, Providence).

The classes will be held weekly from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Monday evenings, excluding holidays.  The cost is $15 per class.  To register, email: .

About Sidy Maïga

A jembefola is one who gives the djembe voice.  In the hands of a master, a drum comes alive. Its voice sings, laughs, whispers, electrifies.  Sidy Maïga is just such a player.  He has been sharing the joy of drumming with audiences around the world for over 16 years.

Sidy is a master percussionist from Bamako, Mali, West Africa, who specializes in djembe and dun dun. Though trained in the complex traditional rhythms of Mali, Sidy is also well versed in Caribbean and hip-hop rhythms.

He has performed with a variety of different artists, including Percussion Fassia du District de Bamako, Troupe Artistique du District de Bamako, Coumba Sira Koîta, Saly Sidibé, Mamoun Sidibé, Paye Camara, Touman Diabaté, Binké Traoré, Tata Pound, Troupe Baden’ya, The Jamal Jackson Dance Company, New Works World Traditions and many others.

A gifted teacher, Sidy has taught percussion in New York, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Providence. He has taught workshops in schools throughout Rhode Island, including the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and Brown University, as well as at many elementary Schools and afterschool programs around the state.

In 2011, Sidy was named the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Fellowship winner and was selected as one of the MacColl Johnson Fellows.