Monday, June 23, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] NDAJE Festival - THIS WEEK: Classes, Concert & Party - Thu 6/26 - Sun 6/29

Boston African Dance Community -- GET READY!!!

The Ndaje Festival of African Music and Dance is just a few days away! At the YWCA of Cambridge from June 26-29th, the best African dance and music artists from around the world will share their talents with you! If you love African drum and dance, you don't want to miss the hottest African dance and music event of the summer! CLASS SCHEDULE BELOW!

African Dance Concert, June 28th - 8pm @ Mainstage Theater!

Choreographer Pape N'Diaye is at it again! This year's African Dance Concert at the Ndaje Festival 2008 is definitely one not to miss! This time he is bringing together contemporary and traditional African dance movements to tell the story of Lat Dior, the legendary King of Cayor. Come and watch as some of the most fabulous dance and music artists from America and Africa join together on one stage!
Concert tickets are just $20 now, but they go up to $25 on June 28th. Don't wait! Get tickets now at!

Check out the amazing schedule that we have lined-up for you- Early Registration ends THIS Wednesday! Information on attending drummers below! 

Thursday, June 26

Time          Class 


6:00-7:30pm Mali Dance

Mohamed "Joh" Camara

7:30-9:00pm Kutiro Dance

Malang Bayo

Friday, June 27

Time          Class 


4:00-5:30pm Mali Dance

Djeneba Sako

5:30-7:00pm Djembe Drum

Loran Camara

5:30-7:00pm   Guinea Dance

Tenenfig Dioubate

7:00-8:30pm Kutiro Dance

Ousmane Sall

8:30-10:00pm Guinea Dance

Mouminatou Camara

Saturday, June 28

Time               Class 


10:30-12:00pm Guinea Dance

Alseny Soumah

12:00-1:30pm Sabar Dance

Babacar M'Baye

12:00-1:30pm Women's Dun Dun

Mangue Sylla

1:30-3:00pm  Kutiro Dance

Marie Basse-Wiles

3:00-4:30pm Sabar Dance

Babacar N'Diaye

4:30-6:00pm Sabar Drum

Cheihk Tairou M'Baye

4:30-6:00pm  Guinea Dance

Mouminatou Camar

8:00 pm  -  Ndaje Concert @ Mainstage Theater, Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave. Roxbury, MA 02120

10:00 pm  -  Doundounba and Sabar Party  - Live Music!                            

Sunday, June 29 

Time          Class 


10:30-12:00pm Guinea Dance

Youssouf Koumbassa

12:00-1:30pm Sabar Dance

Mariama Basse

1:30-3:00pm Guinea Dance

Alseny Soumah

1:30-3:00pm Casamance Songs

Fatou N'Diaye-Davis

3:00-4:30pm Sabar Dance

Rich Faye

3:00-4:30pm Guinea Drum

Fode Bangoura

4:30-6:00pm Mali Dance

Djeneba Sako

6:00-7:30pm Guinea Dance

Youssouf Koumbassa

Visit for full festival details, concert tickets and registration!

Early Registration Ends THIS Wednesday! 
There are only 3 more days until June 25th! That is when the deep savings go away on early registration for workshops at the second annual Ndaje Festival in Cambridge, MA. Did you know that if you get your ten workshops now, you will only pay $110! (That's $11 per workshop!!) If you wait until you get there to register, you will be paying $16 per workshop! Yes, we will still have the ten-workshop package for $140, but why wait? Pay with your credit card or paypal account, and save your cash for the amazing food and vendors!
You know you don't want to miss the hottest event of the summer, so save a little money by registering now! Register online at

Who is Drumming at the Festival?

We knew that an African dance festival just would not be right without the best of the best in African drumming! With that in mind, we have invited the superstars of the National Ballets of Guinea, Senegal and Mali to not only drum for the workshops, but to teach you a little of what they know. In the midst of all the dancing, we have four drum workshops from Friday through Saturday for you to take! 


Loran Camara (Guinea) - Djembe Drum - Friday 5:30-7:00pm

Loran Camara hails from Conakry, Guinea. A member of Les Ballets Africaines for more than 20 years, Loran Camara is one of the most respected music artists from the National Ballet of Guinea. He is now residing in New York City and he teaches and performs at workshops and events across the US.  


Mangue Sylla (Guinea) - Women's Dun Dun - Saturday, 12:00-1:30pm

Mangue Sylla, from Conakry, Guinea started playing music at the age of 10. Sangban being his first and favorite instument, he learned from some of the best teachers and performers including Lamine Bayo, Kanda, Lancey and Numudi. In 1993 he joined "Les Merveilles de Guinee," where he studied under the leadership of the late Mohammed Kemoko Sano. Mangue Sylla currently teaches and performs around the world and  resides in New York City where he teaches regular drum classes.

Cheikh Tairou M'Baye (Senegal) - Sabar Drum - Saturday 4:30-6:00pm

Senegalese sabar musician, Cheikh Tairou M'Baye is a Wolof griot from Medina, Senegal. In 1987 he founded the drum and dance group Sing Sing Rhythms, named after his ancestor, Sing Sing Faye, the first master drummer of the Cape Vert peninsula. The group has performed and toured extensively in Africa, Europe, Canada, the Virgin Islands and the U.S., and have recorded with such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour, Randy Weston, Jack DeJohnette, Angelique Kidjo and Craig Harris. Cheikh M'Baye is currenlty based in Harlem, New York, where he teaches and performs regularly.


Fode Seydou Bangoura (Guinea) - Djembe Drum - Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm

Born in the village of Samou in Southeastern Guinée, Fodé has been recognized internationally for his work as the lead drummer with the acclaimed ensemble "Les Ballets Merveilles de Guinée." A protégé of the late, great Mohamed Kemoko Sano, Fodé is now one of the most respected and sought after drummers of his generation. He has toured the world, has dozens of recording credits, and has appeared on national television, including a featured spot on MTV. He has performed at Walt Disney World and at the Lincoln Center Festival.  He currently resides in New York, where he teaches Djembe, performs with a variety of ensembles, and accompanies some of New York's finest dance instructors.


Other Festival musicians include: Mamadou Cisse (Silimbo D'Adeane), Samba Cisse (Silimbo D'Adeane), Mamadou Guisse (Maimouna Keita), Mamadou "Lynx" N'Diaye  (Naatangue), Babacar Seck, Mohammed "Joh" Camara (Troupe Mande), Brigo Diagne (Sing Sing Rhythms), Abdou M'Baye (Sing Sing Rhythms) Mamadou Diouck (Talking Drum), Backa Niang (Gokh Bi System) and MORE!

See you at the Festival!
Ndaje Festival 2008

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