As you enter the Apollo Theatre with its colorful lighting and djembe drums in each seat, you can guess you’re in for a pretty unique entertainment experience.   Once you’re greeted by the sounds of the djembe drums, you know you are right.

Djembe! The Show takes the audience on a musical journey through the history of the West African djembe drum beat and its migration throughout the world.

Photo by Liz Lauren

Led by amazing vocalist and South side native Rashada Dawan, and Broadway performer Ben Hope, Djembe celebrates the influence of the djembe beat on nearly all forms of music- from swing to salsa to pop.

With help from the brilliant Master Drummer Sekou Conde, the trio delivers a joyous display of song, dance and rhythm.

And the cool part… you can get in on the fun.

Photo Credit: Love Black Chicago

Audience members get a how-to in djembe drumming, and a chance to play along, with a rather impressive band.  It’s the kind of fun that’s great for the family.

Djembe! The Show runs at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., through June 9. Tickets are $39-53, and the show runs Thursdays-Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Student, senior and group discounts are available.  Tickets and more info available at







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