Sefa playing drums and recording

Sefa Pumphrey

An award-winning Polynesian Drummer, Custom Drum Builder, Polynesian Drum Instructor, and Recording Artist based in Southern California. Born in Hollywood, CA, his passion for rhythm began at an early age and he has been creating beats, building drums, teaching drumming and performing worldwide ever since. 


Growing up, Sefa was surrounded by Polynesian music and dance. His grandmother, Estella Reid founded the Polynesian dance group "Nonosina" in 1965 that his mother Reri Nonosina Pumphrey also danced with. Naturally, he felt inclined to learn how to drum. 

Sefa began learning his skills from Tahiti-born Master Drummer, Tuko Mapuhi Tekurio in 1992. To date, Sefa has acquired nearly three decades of extensive Polynesian drumming expertise on a global scale. Throughout that time, he has not only taught drumming (since 1997), he has also served as the Lead Drummer and Composer at a multitude of Tahitian dance competitions, Polynesian festivals and events. 


To continue sharing his passion of Polynesian drumming with the world, Sefa recently recorded and released his first album "Moemoeā". Sefa now performs with a full cast of talented musicians and dancers ranging from children to adults at numerous venues in the area. He also teaches drumming classes regularly and  instructs workshops with various dance groups in and out of the country. 

Whether you're looking to learn Polynesian style drumming, build your own custom made drum, hire drummers to perform at your next event, or collaborate to make professionally recorded Polynesian beats, Sefa will do his best to deliver as he has been for the past 29 years!

Please let us know how we can help you!


Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm

​​Saturday: 8am - 4pm

​Sunday: Closed


Cell: 562-556-8598

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