Weedie Braimah

  • Visiting Instructor of West African Drumming

Areas of Study


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 the age of 2 years old. 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 Christian Scott 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 the 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.

Spring 2023

Djembe Orchestra 2 — APST 751

Fall 2023

Djembe Orchestra 1 — APST 750


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.