Kumi Masunaga
Drum-Jam Founder
REMO artist

HealthRhythms® trained facilitator
UCLArts & Healing certified Music Medicine facilitator
Village Music Circles global trainer
Rhythm2Recovery trained facilitator

Performing percussionist

Internationally acclaimed Japanese percussionist Kumi Masunaga is a REMO artist and founder of Drum Jam, based in Hong Kong. She has traveled from Africa to the Americas to Asia, learning rhythms to ignite her team-building programs. She has shared the stage with leading change-makers and wellness leaders including Jane Goodall, David Beckham, Shiva Rea and Dave Stringer.

For over twenty years, tens of thousands of people have experienced her corporate team building, classrooms, parties and wellness retreats. She is trained in the evidence-based HealthRHYTHMS, and is a certified Music Medicine Facilitator, Rhythm2Recovery Facilitator, and Village Music Circles trainer. In response to the COVID pandemic, she is now offering online drum programs for communities and individuals.

Kumi’s achievements include:

  • REMO artist since 2001.

  • RTHK documentary “Arts on the Street” about Kumi’s travels in Africa which received a Silver Award at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2003.

  • Group Leader of the 11,000 Drummers Guinness World Book of Record Performance in 2006.

  • HealthRHYTHMS trained facilitator since 2007.

  • Worked with special-needs population for over 15 years.

  • Yamaha train-the-trainer facilitator in Japan for over 100 enthusiasts.
  • HK Youth Foundation's annual outdoor arts festival since 2008 to present.
  • Tribal drum and dance performance with interactive percussion at Jane Goodall’s dinner gala.

  • Post tsunami “Drum About” community uplifting Japan tour in 2011.

  • TEDx presentation with Boomwhackers in 2011.

  • English School Foundation (ESF) train-the-teacher programme.

  • Tin Shui Wai community empowerment drum programme.

  • Multi-cultural performance at Asia Society’s opening ceremony

  • Drum performance and 1,000 people interactive percussion at Hong Kong City Hall.
  • "Drum For Peace" annual event for the U.N. International Peace Day.
  • TEDx presentation with drum and dance in 2014
  • 800-person team building for Tada in Malaysia. 
  • 1,500-person team building for Chanel in Hong Kong.

  • 2,000-person team building for Walmart China 

  • Music Medicine facilitator certified by UCLArts & Healing, USA.

  • Co-facilitated with Arthur Hull a 3-day facilitator training in Hong Kong.

  • Village Music Circle's certified facilitator and its global trainer.

The Team

All Drum Jam facilitators are genuinely gifted performers and inspirational motivators.  Drum Jam facilitators use their musical prowess to transform the simple rhythm harmonies created by people who have never touched a musical instrument, into an invigorating, harmonic composition.

“Kumi is a great representation of someone taking

the facilitated drum circle concept into a county and culture and with patience

and perseverance created a recreational drumming movement and drumming community.”


Arthur Hull

Village Music Circles, author, Drum Circle Spirit: Facilitating Human Potential Through Rhythm

“Thank you so much for

all the joy you brought

to our dinner last night.


Your energy and love

of life and movement

truly lifted the room.

You are a great group

and I wish you all the

luck in the world.”


Jane Goodall

Kumi is an endorser of Remo, the world’s leading drum and percussion brand in U.S.A. since 2001. 

“Kumi is a shining example of this work and play in the world. A highly skilled percussionist, musician, Kumi has built a powerful company to inspire team building, wellness, and community building.”


Christine Stevens

author, Music Medicine

founder, UpBeat Drum Circles

“Kumi Masunaga is the living embodiment of infectious enthusiasm.”


South China Morning Post

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for you and your team's awesome facilitation and performance for our National Conference. 

I was especially impressed by Kumi's passion about music and how she uses music to connect the heart, mind and body of the participants. Highly creative!"

Chanel Hong Kong Ltd.

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