Traditional West African Sewing Lesson (At LEAF Global)


Learn Traditional West African Costume making!

Learn Traditional West African Costume making! Taut by LEAF Teaching Artist Adama Dembele these are private one hour sessions. Adama is a master tailor and seamster.

Adama Dembele is a master djembéfola (djembe player), master tailor, and seamster from Ivory Coast, West Africa. Born into a family of musicians, he has toured several continents with various major acts such Oumou Sangare, Salif Keita, Affou Keita, Sogona Djata and many others. Adama has played in several drum and dance companies such as Yelemba d’Abidjan, Ensemble Koteba, Congoba and many more.

Mayani is a Maasai boy from longido Arusha. He went to boarding school at 6 years old and lost his Maasai language and tradition. Since joining the LEAF program, he has learned to sing Maasai songs, practiced the ‘jump’ tradition and wear Maasai shukas (traditional clothing). Mayani is extremely happy and is currently teaching other youth the culture.