About Us


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Feel the spirit and joy of African music and dance

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Welcome to

Tiyumba Drum & Dance Company


Tiyumba Dance Company is headed by choreographer and master dancer/drummer Fatawu Sayibu, from the northern region of Ghana. We are a traditional West African Drum and Dance Company located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. We are a multinational performance group. Current members are from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and the United States.


Tiyumba African Drum and Dance Company regularly performs at schools, universities, theaters, festivals and cultural events throughout Minnesota and all over the U.S.  Tiyumba, which means “let’s love them” in the native Dagbani language of Ghana, offers energetic and interactive performances that convey the beauty and history of African culture through traditional dancing, singing and drumming.


We offer group classes and customized workshops in African drumming and African dance for all levels. We even offer family classes for children! Each year we sponsor a trip to Ghana, where you can hone your skills while experiencing the cultural heritage of this  small West African nation. Whether you are watching a performance or participating in a class or workshop, Tiyumba will have you dancing, singing and feeling the same joy that drumming and dance instills back in the African homeland. Please join us!

Book a Performance!

Tiyumba Dance Company offers energizing performances at various cultural, community and private events for any occasion, including festivals, private functions, weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, schools and more.  Audiences will enjoy the rhythm of African drum and dance and experience first hand the joy and unity it brings to the world!

To inquire about booking Tiyumba Dance Company to perform at your next event, please contact Fatawu Sayibu at Fatawu@tiyumba.com or by phone at 612-229-6614.

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What We Offer

Workshops & Residencies

We work with schools, camps, churches and variety of work places to do African drum and/or dance workshops ranging from 30 minutes to multiple days of drum and/or dance. To inquire about a workshop or residency that works for you, contact Fatawu@tiyumba.com

Dance, Drum and Family Classes

We offer community adult African dance classes every Monday and Saturday in Minneapolis. Drop-ins and all skill levels welcome. Includes live drumming! Learn African drumming rhythms and techniques from Master Drummer Fatawu Sayibu. We offer 6 class African drumming series for adults and youth throughout the year and also private drum lessons. We have class series for for families too! Sign your child up for a fun and interactive class of dancing and drumming.

Trip to Ghana

Experience the lives and cultural vibrancy of the people of Ghana! The trip includes daily group lessons, guest teaching artists and a residency working with the youth at the Tiyumba Youth Development & Cultural Center. A chance of a lifetime to experience Africa through the eyes of local people. Trip is led by Fatawu!

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Artistic Director Fatawu Sayibu


Let your body tell the story while the spirit runs free.

Fatawu Sayibu is from the Northern Region of Ghana and comes from a drumming family; his traditional dances and use of the talking drum tell the stories of his culture, country, and people. Fatawu is a performer, a teacher, a choreographer and a mentor to the children in his community, as well as his students here in the U.S.