Total Rhythm™ Workshops

All Workshops take place at the Total Rhythm Studio unless otherwise noted

These workshops give the drumming community an opportunity to try new styles and instructors they might not have been exposed to before. They are lots of fun and a great way to meet new people too!
-Shannon Hastings

Ben & Bobby’s One Day Rhythm Retreat

A Full Day of Percussion, Good Food & Great Folks In the Oakland Hills

10am – 4pm

Join visionary percussionists BEN ISAACS (Naby Bangoura, Djaily Kunda Kouyate, Rhythm Cafe), and ROBERT “BOBBY” WALLACE (Margareth Menezes, Tania Santiago, Rhythm Cafe) for an exploration of the musical interplay between GUINEA and BRAZIL!! Combining influences from the SINTE rhythm from Guinea and the SAMBA REGGAE beats from Bahia, Brazil, Bobby and Ben have created a new percussion suite, energetic and funky, for djembe, dundun, surdo, timbau, repinique, agogo, caxixi and chekere. Students of all levels are WELCOME, and will learn the complete arrangement of this musical piece: all rhythms, introduction, calls and breaks.

Nestled in the Oakland Hills, this RHYTHM RETREAT provides a beautiful and tranquil setting for music, drums, nature and harmony.
SPECIAL GUEST Anietie Ukpe-Wallace (pictured right) will provide a delicious and nutritious hot lunch and ALL LEVELS of drummers are welcome.

All drums provided, or bring your own: Djembe, Dun-Dun, Timbau, Surdo, Repinique, Chekere, Caxixi, Agogo.


In the Oakland Hills (exact address provided upon registration)


  • 10am: Gather to stretch & Hear Overview of Piece
  • 10:30 – 12:30pm: Morning Drum Session with Ben and Bobby. Review all rhythms.
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch Break. Delicious and nutritious hot lunch provided!
  • 2:00 – 4:30pm: Afternoon Drum Session. Put together entire piece, all rhythms, intro, ending, breaks!
  • 4:30: GOODBYE!

Payment: $75

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

Play Drums with the Black Panther!

Two-hour Drum Workshop with Massamba Diop, lead drummer from the Black Panther movie!

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019: 1-3 pm

Join the lead drummer from Marvel Picture’s blockbuster movie Black Panther, Massamba Diop, for a hands-on, two-hour drum workshop in Oakland, CA!

Location: East Bay Church of Religious Science 4130 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA

Course Description: Massamba will teach all drummers (all levels welcome) traditional Senegalese rhythms which formed the basis for the percussion heard throughout the Black Panther soundtrack!

All drums provided (by Total Rhythm), or bring your own (djembe, dundun, conga, chekere). Massamba is a joyous and patient teacher overflowing with love for his country and the music it has produced. In addition to The Black Panther soundtrack, Massamba is a founding member of Baaba Maal’s band and has been recording and touring the world with him for over 30 years! His other recording credits include Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock and James Brown.

All levels of drummer WELCOMED.

Workshop size is limited to 40 drummers, so please enroll now to “Play Drums with the Black Panther!”

Payment: $25 advanced / $30 day of

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

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