Participants explore melodic interplay of traditional hand drum rhythms.

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Bill Matthews of the Fremont Drum Shop invites folks to sample the powerful, primal rhythms of Africa in a relaxed group setting. Students explore melodic interplay of traditional hand drum rhythms from Ghana, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil and Senegal.

Matthews, who wrote “The New Conga Joy,” says students leave with clear minds and relaxed bodies.

The beginners class occurs from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. No experience or registration is required and drums are provided. Cost is $15 per class, but buying a $75 class card allows as many classes as you can fit in a month.

The drum shop, which has been conducting classes four nights a week the past two decades, is in downtown Ballard, 2220 Market St. To learn more, see: congajoy.com.