Djembe, Percussion, School Partnerships
Victoria Boateng, is a Ghanaian American born in Chicago, Illinois to Ghanaian parents from Kumasi, Ghana. She is a performer, educator, and teacher that specializes in traditional West African djembe and dununs. Victoria has passed all levels 1-8 of the Tam Tam Mandingue Academy founded by Grandmaster drummer Mamady Keita. She traveled around Midwest to study traditional West African Drumming with Grandmaster drummers Bolokada Moussa Conde, Moussa Traore, Babara Bangoura, and M'bembe Bangoura. She also had the honor to travel to Monterey, Mexico to study and perform for the 25th anniversary of the Tam Tam Mandingue Academy in July 2017. She taught in high schools and non-profit organizations all over Chicago and the Midwest. She facilitated drum circles for children ages 10 to 18 and adults.
Victoria currently performs for an all woman drum and dance Ayodele drum and dance
which means “joy in the home” in the Yourba language in Nigeria and its mission is to foster
community from an feminine perspective through the study and performance of diasporic
African music and dance. She also performs for She Wolf Sacred Movement that involves
global purpose revolution to pay respect the feminine soul through 4 principles of striving,
claiming, summoning, and thriving. Also, she teaches in Rogers Park at the New Rhythm
Arts Center, and has been a student of Michael Taylor, at Old Town School of Folk Music
for five years and now is a substitute teacher.
Started at Old Town School of Music in October 2018
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in Theater, Western
Illinois University, 2012
Started at the Old Town School in September of 2018