I would recommend a different teacher, Russel is great but I prefer to take lessons with Kesseke Yeo. You can find him on face book. he also has videos of african dancing on youtube with some drummers he trained playing the music. He is from Ivory Coast, his class is a great deal, 2 hours of non-stop drumming of traditional rythym for $15 (way under priced). Also he does lesser known and more difficult rythms, such as Manjani, Zouli, Abodan as opposed to all the other teachers who are not from Africa and mainly teach Kuku, balakulandjan, etc.
check this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alldzjVl ... re=related
He also teaches Dance, and that is him leading the class, all drummers playing were trained by him.
his email is firstname.lastname@example.org
his phone number is 604 317 9156 and he classes are Wednesday at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, on Fraser and 15th the studio is called 5 star international. Check it out.