Hello WADABO community,
Please see the following grave message about a great man, master drummer, and excellent teacher, Abdoulaye Diakite from Tamabacounda, Senegal who now resides in Oakland, Ca. He has suffered an unfortunate accident in his home which has compromised his health and survival. The good news is that since this first email I have received word that Abdoulaye is improving, but I know he has a long way to go to a full recovery.
Above all else over the years, the dance and drum community has shown me the power of unity and good intention. It is for this reason and with deep respect that I ask the Boston community, as part of a global community, please be made aware of Abdoulaye's situation so that together we can offer healing energy to a man who is truly a symbol of unity and a great contributor to African dance, drum, and awareness in the U.S.
Thank you and please keep dancing and drumming,
Hello Drum & Dance Family,
Hope this message finds you all well as the seasons change and the holidays approach. I'd like to request something from you all because collectively, we can have a lot of power. Abdoulaye Diakite, who many of us know well, is in critical condition at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley. He suffered carbon monoxide poisoning when trying to heat his room a couple nights ago. When he was found, he was unconscious and taken to the hospital where he stayed last night and still remains non-responsive. This is a very critical time for Abdoulaye and what is most needed right now are your prayers for his recovery. It's a powerful thing so please just take a moment or two to send it out there.
Thank you all for your support during this uncertain time.