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Delivering emotionally charged performances to audiences of all ages,
Balafon West African Dance Ensemble is easily emerging as one of Washington
DC's premiere contemporary African performance ensembles.
Big Bam Boom (2/01) Djembe group composed of the
students and friends of Jeff Sullivan - Bondi World Beat. We play for the heat and the beat. Mainly
environment and humanitarian causes. Black
Academy of Arts & Letters
American performances, book reviews, concerts, West African dance concerts, cabarets, Black Art,
African American cultural events - in Dallas, Texas. Claqueson
"These contemporary drum masters: Babatunde Olatunji, Muruga Booker and Sikiru Adepoju
perform with such precision and percussive elegance that the drum becomes more than a
musical instrument . . . The beauty of Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations is simply
that it is good medicine for the body, mind and spirit"--Michael Makowsky, co-author
of The Discovery of Society.
Dahui, Ensemble du
Rhythm, is an interactive experience engaging the audience in a rhythmic
dialog. This Chicago based percussion ensemble performs original arrangements
of traditional West African rhythms and songs, as well as fully original
works. The instrumentation in the ensemble is Jembe, dounoun, bells, kirin,
gongoma, triangle, didjeridu, and vocals. The members of Dahui are Bill
Miller, Rick Neuhaus, Michael Taylor, and John Yost.
For booking and upcoming performances contact: John: 773-802-0605 Taylor:
708-763-8633 or email
David Gilden and Banning Eyre of the Boston-based West
African folk ensemble Cora Connection present one of the richest and most surprising
cultural legacies of Africa--the music and folklore of the Mandinka Empire.
A new Dutch
group who performs, does workshops and shares the great culture of djembe
an eclectic percussion and dance ensemble featuring rhythms
from West Africa, Middle Eastern and Latin Musical Traditions; complete with costume and
parade dragons interacting with audience participation. We create energy and fun wherever
we go, turning spectators into performers. Our Finale includes a community interactive
Drum Gods at Burning Man(9/99)
Each year, DrumGods has a
theme camp at Burning Man and support the ritual infrastructure of Burning Man,
including the nightly fire cauldron
and the LampLighters. For more information on how to join, just stop in at
the web site.
The performers of
WOFA are the uncontested champions of Wassakhoumba, the Soso name for an instrument made
of small calabash discs of ever-decreasing diameters, strung onto a piece of curved wood.
Shaken, the discs rattle together to produce a high-pitched sound that is used as
initiation chant rhythm accompaniment in Basse-Côte, Guinea. Ancient Baga
and Soso animist tradition has it that playing the Wassakhoumba purified the area
reached by its sound. Uninitiated children and adolescents were forbidden to touch the
sacred objectif they dared to, the discs would break! And if an uncircumcised child
touched the Wassakhoumba, he would have to be circumcised without delay.
Welcome to the DJEMBE RHYTHM web site
DJEMBE RYTHM is a Senegalese percussion and traditional dance group
The home of West African drums, dancing and
music; welcome to DRUMCULTURE. Operating a Cultural Music School in The
Gambia, Drumculture was created several years ago and is now run by a group
of dedicated and enthusiastic musicians from the UK, Gambia, Guinea and
other West African countries. Its roots stem from a love of traditional
African drums and dance, particularly from the Mandingue (or Malinke)
Master Drummer M.
Lamine Dibo Camara's professional touring group inter-twining the sacred traditions of
Guinea, West Africa with the excitement and drama of the modern stage. Check website at
for performance listing, calendar, photo gallery of past performances and real audio of
the "Wonbere CD".
Kusum Gboo Dance Ensemble is a Pan African Dance company based in Accra; the
capital city of Ghana (West Africa). The group performs traditional African
music and dance alongside their own creative and choreographed dance pieces.
This website will enable us to reach all of you who are interested in our
work. If you would like frequent updates on our performances, CD-releases
etc., please feel free to join our MailList.
Join our mailing list!
Especially we enjoy sharing moments with you as we are now on our great 2003
Europe tour which started in Holland in February and ends in Austria in June
will be touring north America from February 10 to April 19/2004. You
can see the tour schedule on the website, for any information please contact
the managing director Mamoudou Conde at: Tel:
Magbana Drum and Dance NYC was established as a professional company
in 1997 by artistic director Michael Markus. It is his vision to entertain and
educate people from all cultural backgrounds and ages about the power of the
drum and the movement it inspires. Magbana believes that music and dance
transcends the boundaries of race and class as well as promotes diversity.
Titled after the Guinean nickname for taxi, Magbana has audiences jumping out
of their seats at a variety of venues from the east coast through the
mid-west. The ensemble has performed a places such as Midwest Drum & Dance
Festival in Selma, IN, The American Museum of Natural History in NYC, The
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Jamaica, NY , The Kitchen in NYC, Ohio
Teen Institute in Gambier Ohio, and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in NYC to name
Dutch percussion and dance group,
Wageningen, The Netherlands
Nana Adomako Nyamekye
Thethought that rhythm
and sound is at the heart beat of Africans couldnt have received a better meaning as
exemplified in the life of Netherlands-based Ghanaian musician, Nana Kwame Adomako
African drumming ceremonies, rites of passage and after-school drumming. Be sure to tell them, Djembe-L FAQ sent you.
Palms Down is a group of African-American
percussionists, based in New York, who have studied West African rhythms as
well as those of other African-based cultures. Our goal is to provide a source
for traditional West African rhythms as well as our own blend of Afro-cultural
music. Our CDs are designed to be used as a source of pure listening pleasure
as well as accompaniment for teachers, dancers and choreographers. Hand
drummers will also benefit from length of the tracks to help them practice
their group and solo techniques.
Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile
multi-percussionists currently in the UK, having immersed himself in percussion and drums
from every part of the globe. The wide range of artists hes worked with reflects the
diversity of his playing. He has recorded and / or toured with:
Björk, Afro-Celt Sound System, Nitin Sawhney, Bill
Bruford, Natacha Atlas, Texas, Trans-Global Underground, Mel C, Bedlam, Beth Orton, Edwyn
Collins, Trevor Jackson, Craig Armstrong, Adrian Sherwood/On-U-Sound, Kula
Shaker, Vanessa-Mae, David Arnold, Evelyn Glennie, Errol Brown, Rory Gallagher, Gary
Husband, Pet Shop Boys, Junior Delgado, The Aloof, David Toop, Lowell
Fulson, Joji Hirota, A R Rahman, Luke Vibert, Eumir Deodato,
Andy Gangadeen, Steve White, Youth of Killing Joke, B J Cole,
Catriona MacDonald and more!