Weedie Braimah

  • Associate Professor of West African Drumming

Areas of Study

Biography

Weedie Braimah is widely regarded as the premiere voice of the Djembe. Born in Ghana and raised in East St. Louis with deep roots in New Orleans, he was first introduced to West African culture and drumming and began performing at age 2. Braimah continued his lifelong quest and professional career in the study of African folklore and cultural music of the African diaspora. As Offbeat Magazine noted, his “skill at adapting to an array of styles” has made him an original and in-demand talent.

Currently, the Grammy-nominated Djembefola records and tours with Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah, Baaba Maal, Trombone Shorty, and Bokante, as well as others. Braimah also leads his own band, Weedie Braimah & The Hands of Time, through which he elevates percussion as the front-facing music of the diaspora focusing on instruments such as kora, ngoni, balafon, djembe, dunun, tama, sabar, bass, and electric guitar to create a compelling Stretch Music sound to claim new musical territory.

At Oberlin, Braimah teaches the Djembe Orchestra and assists in West African Dance classes. He seeks to increase recognition of folkloric West African music as relevant, respected and as the essential root of Jazz, funk, fusion, global music, and hip-hop.

Fall 2023

Djembe Orchestra I — APST 750

Spring 2024

Djembe Orchestra II — APST 751
Practicum in Djembe Orchestra Applications — APST 753

News

Semester Ends with a Packed Performance Calendar

December 8, 2023

Oberlin Conservatory’s student and faculty performers have been filling most concert venues throughout the campus over the last week. During these final five bustling days before students head into reading period and then exams, this explosion of activity feels something akin to the thrilling finale of a fireworks display on New Year's Eve. So, join in—even from a distance. All of these concerts are free and open to the public, and all but one of them can be streamed live at concert time at oberlin.edu/livestream .

A New Kind of Orchestra at Oberlin

November 18, 2022

This fall, Weedie Braimah started a new Djembe Orchestra, in which students learn the history and music of the Djembe from the 12th century to the present day.