Pashyo's World


African Drumming - African Dance

Children - Teenagers - Adults



Pashyo Sarkin is originally from Vienna Austria and studied dance at the Vienna Volksoper. Later in Berlin she immersed herself into African drumming and dance.  She is a performer and teacher of African music and dance. Living in Los Angeles she went back to college to study music. She writes her own songs and performs with her World Music band "SangomaBeat".

Magical Drums

The drum is the oldest instrument in the world and can talk to every heart. When the magic of rhythm and silence unfolds you discover a world where words are no longer needed.

- African Drum Lessons and Drum Circles
- Music and Dance Classes
- Birthday Parties and Functions
- Wedding Drum & Dance Shows
- Teambuilding Drum Circles for Businesses

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"Pashyo is without a doubt the best drum and dance teacher there is. She is kind and loving, but means business and gets the best out of her students! You will LOVE her classes."
Deb Haugen

"I've been drumming with Pashyo for 10 years. It all started with her Magical Drums course at the South Bay Adult School in Redondo Beach. One of the best things I did and continue to do in my adult life!"
Dr. Ed Connaughton

"Indeed 'Magical Drums'! I think it has been over 20 years that I had last been seen dancing - due to multiple hip replacements. Suddenly I found the drums carrying me, seducing just happened and I started dancing - much to my own surprise! Thank you for making this little miracle happen!"
Annemarie Rawlinson

"It was a great show Pashyo always." Aram Kharabati

"Pashyo and Sel are great performers who understand how to get the children involved. When Pashyo first started beating on the drums all of the students went silent. I have never seen my students so in awe! The best part was when the children were invited to stand up and dance along to the music. They were able to pick up on the children's enthusiasm and energy, which accelerated the entertainment and rhythm in everyone's hearts."
A.C., Montessori School

"I have been practicing drumming with Pashyo for over a year now and am loving it! Pashyo understands the fears a beginner faces and with patience gracefully leads you to overcome these and become a confident drummer. I drum with her weekly and I look forward to every evening we get together. The classes are fun, experiential and there is a free spirit energy which makes you feel comfortable to express who you are. Thank you for your knowledge, patience and compassion!"
Lucia Cordeiro Drever



Experience the Magic of African drumming. Get rhythm into your feet, your hands and voice and let your whole body express it. Play music from Ghana, Senegal and Guinea on buckets, shakers and African drums. Learn to improvise and play small solos. Invent your own rhythms and notice the beat that keeps us together in this universe of rhythm and fun.


Experience the Magic of African Dance. Learn traditional dance steps from Ghana, Senegal, Guinea and Benin. Get a good foundation of basic movement principles also used in Jazz Dance, Hip Hop or even Salsa Dancing. Team up in small groups and create your own short dance sequence.


Magical Drum Circles

Drumming in groups is fun! Groups have power, they give you a tribal experience and you are supported by the common beat. You learn to play various percussion instruments, like shakers, rattles, bells, tambourins, shape drums, bucket drums, djembes and djundjuns and learn rhythms from Ghana, Senegal and Guinea.

Knowing how to make proper sounds on djembe drums, how to use sticks on a dundun drum  and understanding the fundamental elements of rhythm you become a confident player, who can blend in with others at drum circles and music events.


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Magical Drums for
Preschools Schools

This class is perfect for young children from the age of 2 up to teenagers and adults. We work with body percussion, bucket drumming, small percussion instruments, drum on African djundjuns and djembe drums. African, Brazilian and American Indian songs and movement to music are part of this class.

"Rhythm is the foundation of music.  We start in the beginning and use our hands, feet and voices to create rhythms.  We listen to traditional African, Brazilian and Latin music and explore their rhythms, songs and dance moves. We play rhythms with sticks, bells, shakers, on buckets and drums and invent our own rhythmic variations. We always notice the beat that keeps us together."




"I like to travel and am a passionate djembe player. Drums are not so easy to travel with, though. A good djembe is rather heavy, has a delicate skin. If you like to travel and drum, your best option is to buy a drum wherever you go and make connections with the local drumming scene around the drum shop. Right from the start you get connected.

Drumming moves your energy into ecstasy, brings you back into the groove of life and gets you out of the confinements of your mind into the vastness of the hear and now. It may also bring interesting people into your life.

Through drumming I met my husband Sel, through drumming I made new friends when I moved to Los Angeles, through drumming people can see more of the real me and feel my energy. It was drumming that broke the ice between my husband’s teenage son and me, his step-mom. It was drumming that made me a welcome guest at native Indian music gatherings and helped me survive the coldness of the winters in Montreal.

What a surprise to notice that people play the same African rhythms in different parts of the world. In Montreal people meet Sunday afternoons at Mount-Royal Park in the middle of the city to drum and dance. It is very well organized, has great musicians and is a pleasure to listen to. Here in Los Angeles – since it’s a spread out city - drummers meet at Venice Beach, at Griffith Park and at Leimert Park. In Berlin they drum in the Hasen Heide and at the Tiergarten. I am pretty sure that in every major city of the world people gather in the summer for outdoor drum circles.

Traditionally dances, songs and music define the culture of a geographical area, of an ethnic group, of a nation. Music and dances are expressions of a people’s uniqueness. Their rhythms are particular to their culture. African rhythms sound and feel different from Cuban or Arabian rhythms. They function in different ways. The rhythms from Ghana have a distinctively different flavor from the rhythms of Guinea or Senegal, although they are all part of West Africa. In Ghana itself the rhythms of the Fanti tribe sound different from the rhythms of the Gha tribe. I have heard that a master drummer in Guinea from one village cannot easily play with the people of a different village. He just doesn’t know the rules of their drumming tradition.

On the other hand an international world tribe of drum enthusiasts has developed. People form all walks of life join in drum circles: From the beaches of Goa to mansions under the Hollywood sign, from the dessert gatherings of the Burning Man Festival, to City Parks all over the world. Wherever the environment tolerates that kind of noise drum circles make, they mushroom into existence. May be drum teachers are sought out to teach the basic skills, some interesting rhythms to start from or how to become the best solo player in town, but the rest is up to everyone’s creativity.

Drumming has become a party language, a language of ecstasy and of self-expression, a language that connects those who want to go beyond the confinements of their societies and escape the passivity of just being a consumer of entertainment products. We are rediscovering the shamanistic qualities intrinsic in drumming. We experience that the drum carries you easily to spaces beyond the mind, to some deeper levels of your being. No drugs needed! And these spaces can be shared with others. What a gift!"
Pashyo S. Sarkin