Founded by Manhattan Beach resident Darryl Franklin in 2021, Benkadi provides West African drum, dance, and culture classes that develop skills in music, dance and confidence building in students throughout greater Los Angeles. Benkadi’s mission is to unlock learning skills for life, improve educational outcomes, and build communities. By providing instruments and instruction through experienced educators and world class professional West African musicians and dancers, Benkadi delivers semester-long programs for arts credits in schools, with a focus on learning communities of need.
Benkadi also provides custom classes and programs to meet the educational and cultural needs of clubs, groups, and gatherings. While Benkadi is great fun, scientific research has shown that communal drum and dance develop cognitive skills such as concentration, recall, pattern recognition and coordination. We are thrilled to have Benkadi this year for a special performance on the TEDxMB stage. Learn more about Benkadi at www.benkadi.live.