LEAF Djembeso

(Updates on new programming coming soon!)


LEAF Schools & Streets is partnering with the Christine Avery Center to support youth through West African drumming and dance. Led by Christine Avery Program Coordinator and LEAF board member, Deborah Bryant, the Christine Avery Center strives to provide students of all backgrounds with access to a quality education rooted in social-cultural theory and ministry; assisting in the growth and development of our students academically, socially, and spiritually; producing the next generation of leaders!

Program Overview

Through the teachings of master Djemebe musician Adama Dembele, the LEAF Djembeso creates beautiful rhythms and dances insprired by Côte d’Ivoire and Malian traditions. Started in 2016, the program was created to enhance the notion of global citizenship and to create a positive outlet through the cultural arts. The group practices every Tuesday and Friday at the Christine Avery Center. 

For more information about the LEAF Djembeso program, email outreach@theLEAF.org or call at (828) 686-MUSIC

Performance History

The LEAF Djembeso is ALL around Asheville. Check out some of their 2016 – 2017 highlights:

  • LEAF May & October 2017 Festivals
  • LEAF May & October 2016 Festivals
  • LEAF Downtown 2016
  • Downtown After 5 – August 19, 2016
  • The grand opening of the Asheville Area Arts Council – September 29, 2016
  • The LEAF Masquerade Ball Fundraiser – November 12, 2016

The group has also had master artist classes and cultural exchanges with LEAF International Bequia, Costa Rica, Haiti & Tanzania programs.

“We have to create a community where our youth can feel appreciated…culture can do that. I bring African culture to inspire Asheville”

Adama Dembele, LEAF Djembeso Teaching Artist & Culture Keeper