Welcome to the Lebeha Drumming Center
We are based at the Northern end (Lebeha means "the end" in the Garifuna tongue) of Hopkins Village on the beautiful shores of the Caribbean Ocean in Belize, Central America. We offer local children the chance to learn drumming, dance and cultural heritage of our Garifuna ancestors.
The Lebeha Drumming Center was started in 2002 by drummer Jabbar Lambey and Canadian Dorothy Pettersen. It is not a therapeutic drum circle, it is not the more commercial Punta Rock style (exemplified by stars such as Pen Cayetano and Andy Palacio) and none of the kids is forced to practice. If nobody shows up to listen or to dance, the boys play for themselves with just as much vigor as they would at a major festival. They carry with them the singular tradition that is Garifuna culture: a cocktail-shaker-full of African and South American Indian ingredients.
Please contact us for group or private lessons whether you are passing through or plan to stay a while. We can teach you basic Garifuna rhythms such as Punta and masterclass lessons are also available for advanced musicians. If you are getting married on the beach or at a nearby resort, we play for memorable weddings. The last pic above was from a fun visit by Japanese boyband popstar Shota Yasuda in 2009. You can be a good as him with just a couple of drum lessons :)