The African Village Experience

African Village Experience is an interactive event that involves storytelling, singing, dancing and eating with participants. This experience will be lead by Jacky Essombé featuring Yoro Noukoussi.

May 20, 2017:

6:30 P.M. - 10 pm $25 advanced or $35 Door (Dinner included)

African poly rhtythms Drumming Workshop with Amara Kanté

Polyrhythms of the Mandingue
with AMARA KANTÉ (World renowned Master Percussionist-Composer)

Come join us in an exhilarating hours of drumming workshops that cover Contemporary and Traditional African poly rhythms and signatures techniques

Learning the rhythms and key techniques will built a stronger foundation for unleashing your own unique improvisation style.

This workshops are open to who love the drum!
Whether you often attend community drum circle, are looking to expand your repertoire of rhythms or would simply like to improve on overall performances techniques, this family friendly workshops are ideal for drummers of all levels.

* Beginner (no experience and/or still getting comfortable) (90 minutes) $30
* Intermediate (knows a few rhythms) (90 minutes) $30
*Advanced (professional and/or teachers) (120 minutes) $45

*** Bring your drum or reserve one in advance.
** Limited drums and seats per session
****Drum rental are available only upon request
*******DRUM RENTAL FEE IS $5 via eventbrite

Amara Kante
Of Malinké origin, Amara Kanté was born in Abidjan where he began drumming in traditional Malinké ceremonies at age 4. By age 7 he began touring as a professional artist throughout Africa, the United States and Europe with celebrated troupes such as Koteba D’Abidjan and Ballets Africains de Guinée. Interestingly, it was in Koteba Group that a young Amara Kanté first met and played alongside then fellow up and coming drummer now better known as iconic Master Djembefola extraordinnaire, Mr. Mamady Keita.

Amara’s skills as a musician and performer in the ballet style were further honed under the direct tutelage of his beloved mentor and friend, legendary West African Artistic Director Mr. Souleymane Koli of Koteba D’ Abidjan group. Other notable influences include: Kemo Sanou (Mervais D’ Guinea) who taught him techniques in the African ballet style, Fakuruba Diabaté under whom he apprenticed learning the Dundun drums, Adama Diarra (Conductor, Griot) under whom he also apprenticed.

His extensive professional experience continues to attract famous international artists such as Mory Kanté and Peter Gabriel. In 1997, he created the BENKAN FOLI troupe. In 1998, he fulfilled his aspiration by founding a Mandinka percussion school in Marseille, where he taught djembé, the dunun and the krin.

“I am a Malinke from the caste of blacksmiths, but more importantly, a man for whom the djembe is a living and an articulated word, whose origins date back to time immemorial. It is with modesty and deep respect that I entrust it to you through these rhythms, just as it was entrusted to me by great masters such as: Mamadou CAMARA, Sékou CAMARA alias ‘cobra’, Mamady n’Toman KEITA, Famoudou KONATE, Issa BALO, Soungalo COULIBALY, Mansa CAMIO and Souleymane KOLY, Artistic director of the KOTEBA Group.