Joy Ruguru and Master Jumba Chagala on afrikan Drum Spirituality

Spirituality of the Afrikan Drum

The Conscious Kenya Show with Masta Jumba Chagala, hosted by Joy Ruguru

In this exciting episode, Masta and Joy will delve into the the spirituality and origins of the Afrikan drum. 

They will explore drum circles, drum therapy, and trance state.

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Masta Jumba Chagala

Masta is a legend in Kenya’s percussion industry. He may be the last true traditional drum player and teacher of his age. Most of today’s famous percussionists, whether they live here or have moved abroad, originally studied under his tutelage.

He started playing drums while still in primary school, taught by his elder brother. Over the years, he also met and was taught by various international drummers including Adama from Guinea and Koko Malali from the Congo. He was a founding member of the famous Jabali Afrika band; patron, teacher and band member of Abaki Simba, and has been involved with several other groups including Talking Drums of Africa and Kenya Dance Traditional Group.

Masta exclusively plays the Kenyan traditional drums (as opposed to the famous West African djembe), as he feels it’s important to be in touch with your own culture and so others can feel the rhythm of the land. He also plays grooves rather than solo as he feels this is the right way to drum, as a collective. His own unique drum, called Bambi, is made from two Kamba drums, the Kilume and the Mbalia, and is his own design.

His students describe him as “the most patient teacher ever,” “a fountain of giving,” and “a true teacher.” He has taught students at social halls across Eastlands, Starehe and Madaraka constituencies.

Your host, Joy Ruguru

Joy Ruguru, also known as Furaha, is an entertainment journalist and events organizer based in the coastal town of Kilifi. She loves to discover natural medicine, cultural gems, and African artists. Catch her talking and writing about these things online as LaMusicJunkie.

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May 11 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 11 2021
  • Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am