Monday, November 13, 2006

[Wadabo_updates] African Dance & Drum This Week:

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Dear African Dance & Drum Community,
If you want more African Dance and Music in your life -
This is your week!!!

In this email:
Dance classes, Drum classes, Performances - More info at -

1 - Sabar classes with Paa Seck & Talla Gnom (Senegal) 11/16 & 17
2 - Dance & Drum Classes with Victor & Emmanuel Agbeli (Ghana) 11/18 & 19
3 - Dance Class with Kissima Diabate (Senegal) 11/18
4 - BENEFIT DRUM CIRCLE for folks in Guinea 11/18
5 - Performance with Group Saloum (Lamine Toure, Senegal) 11/16
6 - Performance & Lecture with Agbeli Bothers (Ghana) 11/20

1 - Lamine Toure presents Sabar Dance Classes with Paa Seck & Talla Ngom

Thursday, November 16th 6:30pm-8:00pm (Lamine Toure's class)
At the Dance Complex 536 Mass Ave, Central Sq. Cambridge

Friday, November 17th 7:30pm-9:00pm (Pape N'Diaye's class)
At the Cambridge YWCA, 7 Temple St., Central Sq. Cambridge

Two days of Sabar dance classes with master teachers Paa Seck and Talla Ngom, featuring drumming by guest artist Moha Seck. Paa, Talla, and Moha are originally from the Kaolack region of Senegal, West Africa and are part of Lamine Toure's extended family. Classes are $12 per student. Classes will have live accompaniment by master Sabar drum artists. All are welcome. For more information please contact 617.416.2323.

2 - Dance and Drum from Ghana – classes with Victor & Emmanuel Agbeli

Saturday, November 18th Drum Class 1:30-3:00pm
At Berklee College of Music 1140 Boylston St, Room Z (basement), Boston

Sunday, November 19th Dance Class 1:30-3:00pm
At the Dance Complex 536 Mass Ave, Central Sq., Cambridge

Come and learn Ewe Dance and Drum with the Gahnaian dance masters! Classes are $12/student and are open to all levels of dancers & drummers. Please contact Joe Galeota at for more information.

Emmanuel Agbeli and Victor Agbeli are both Ewe Master drummer and dancers from the Volta Region (south) of Ghana, West Africa. They received their drum and dance training from their father, Godwin Agbeli, who was the principal drummer for the Arts Council of Ghana Folkloric Company for many years. For the past eight years they have served as leaders of the Dagbe Cultural Center in their rural hometown village, Kopeyia. The center offers education in traditional Ghanaian music and culture.

3 - Dance Class with Kissima Diabate

Saturday, November 18th 4:30pm-6:00pm
At the Dance Complex 536 Mass Ave, Central Sq. Cambridge.

This Saturday, Kissima Diabate (above), teach Fatou's class on Saturday at the Dance Complex (Djembe). The class will focus on the dances from Senegal, West Africa. Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Kissima Diabate is a former member of the Senegalese national dance company, Ballet La Linguire.

$12 per student. Class will have live accompaniment by master African drum artists. All are welcome.

For more information please contact 617.427.5160

While Sister Fatou is making the pilgrimage to Mecca and visiting with her family in Senegal, her Saturday dance class at the Dance Complex will still be going strong with master classes taught by local and visiting artists. We wish Fatou a safe journey and look forward to her return in March 2007.

4 - Benefit Drum Circle, Boston Community Action for Guinea

Saturday, November 18, Noon – 5:00PM,
at The DrumConnection Workshop Space, The Gibbs School, Tufts Street, Arlington, MA 02474 tel: 781-316-8068

Please plan on joining us if you can. All money raised by this event will go directly to efforts in Africa to keep people alive. Bring your drums, rattles, dununs, bells and we'll make it a pot-luck. Maybe some classes can prepare a few rhythms to perform. Wine and cheese/crackers will be served. Doctors, drug companies: I need help with collecting broad spectrum antibiotics for my trip. All help and legal assistance in this endeavor appreciated.

Dear Drum Community - As many of you know, some of us in The DrumConnection travel yearly to Guinea, West Africa. Conditions are much worse than earlier years. In the past few years, I personally have seen the disease and death and felt the pain of the people there. Two days after my birthday, this story comes to me to keep me focused on the work we need to do there. Remember... the music of the drums most of you play comes from West Africa. Once again, this year, I will be traveling back to Africa to be a part of the music, dance and song. But I will also be a part of the poverty and the desperation. I hope that many of my friends will still be alive.

I have decided to have a fund raiser next weekend Saturday, November 18th at The DrumConnection Studios, Arlington, MA USA We are planning a drum jam, I will teach a few new rhythms and facilitate the event. I will also show some of my film footage of recent trips highlighting the beautiful and intense music of Guinea. We will celebrate Famoudou Konate, Mamady Keita, Wadaba Kourouma.            

-Alan Tauber

5 - Lamine Toure presents Group Saloum

Featuring special guests Paa Seck, Talla Ngom, & Moha Seck (Senegal)

Thursday, November 16th 9pm at the Lizard Lounge

Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA (between Harvard sq. & Porter sq.)


6 - Ewe Drumming and Dance with Emmanuel & Victor Agbeli

Monday, November 20th, 1:30pm

David Friend Recital Hall at Tufts University

Emmanuel and Victor Agbeli will lead an exciting performance and discussion of the indigenous music of the Ewe people of southern Ghana and Togo. Please contact Joe Galeota at for more information.


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