Friday, September 28, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Demba Senne teaches this Saturday

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

Demba Senne will teach this Saturday
Djembe Dance Class
September 29th

Fatou N'Diaye's class
4:30pm-6:00pm, $12
at the Dance Complex
536 Mass Ave, Central Sq, Cambridge

[Wadabo_updates] 11 Music Shows in October!!

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

If you enjoy the music of Africa and the Diaspora,
October is your month!
Here is a list of 11 shows by artist:

 Boubacar Diabate & SambaLolo:
Every Monday - Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain 10pm
October 6th - Matt Murphy's Pub, Brookline 10pm
 October 20th - Johnny D's, Somerville
w/ Alpha Ya Ya Diallo from Guinea
 October 31st - Ryles Jazz Club, Cambridge 9pm
For more information visit:
Balla Tounkara:
 October 14th- The Lily Pad, Cambridge 7pm
For more info wisit:
Dee Dee Bridgewater: 
October 10th - Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston, 8 pm
"RED EARTH - A Malian Journey" The band includes: Ira Coleman,  
Edsel Gomez, Minino Garay, Baba Sissoko,
Assitan Kéita, Kabiné Kouyaté, Lansiné Kouyaté,
Adama Diarra, and Mamadou Cherif Soumano.
For more information go to: or call: 617-824-8000.
Lamine Toure & Group Saloum: 
October 17th - Ryles Jazz, Cambridge, 9:00pm, 
For more info visit: 

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Ologunde Afro-Brazilian performance 10/20

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

Saturday, Oct. 20 th

Ologundê offers a thrilling performance of Afro-Brazilian music and dance packed with virtuosic feats of athleticism and tradition - part of three-day Brandeis MusicUnitesUS residency series


Capoeira! Maculélé! Samba de Roda! Audience members will witness all of these rich Afro-Brazilian traditions as the New York-based Ologundê ensemble celebrates the culture of Salvador, Bahia with an extraordinary repertoire of music, dance and martial arts at Brandeis on Oct. 20.

Location and Tickets
"Ologundê: An Afro-Brazilian Journey in Music and Dance," will be held at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Slosberg Recital Hall located on the Brandeis University campus at 415 South St. in Waltham, Mass. Tickets are $20/$10 and are available by calling 781-736-3400. Group and child rates are available. Subscribers attend one concert at half price. Subscribe to both the Lydian String Quartet and World Music Series for the greatest discount. For more information visit .

Media Contact: Marsha MacEachern (, 781-736-4203) Ticket Information: 781-736-3400 (option 5)

The culminating world music concert, "Ologundê: An Afro-Brazilian Journey in Music and Dance," offers a stunning evening that includes "capoeira," the breathtaking martial arts dance; "maculêlê," a warrior dance that utilizes sticks and machetes and was originally created in the sugar cane fields by Africans brought over as slaves; the exhilarating "samba de roda," which can be traced back to the semba of Angola; and "candomblé," a synthesis of the Yoruba and Catholic religions in which various orixás (gods) are invoked. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, "when Ologundê members perform, color, clamor and captivation are the order of the day."

The concert is part of Brandeis' MusicUnitesUS: World Music Concert Series. This popular series invites audiences from the Boston area and beyond to experience world cultures through the universal narrative of music. Judith Eissenberg, MusicUnitesUS founder and director, says this is an evening "not to be missed."

"I've seen Ologundê -- the embodiment of tradition and history through their performance is eloquent and deeply moving," Eissenberg said. "The sheer beauty of the costumes and expressivity of the dance is a feast for the eyes and soul, and then of course, there is the capoeira!" She describes this dance as a combination of break dance, acrobatics and ballet, which is a "dazzling display of physical artistry that will leave you gasping."

Ologundê, which ranges from 8-15 members, is comprised of Brazilians living in the United States and Brazil. The group includes former members of world-renowned music and dance troupes and is under the direction of noted percussionist Dendê from the famed Timbalada band. The ensemble has performed throughout the United States since its formation in 2002 and toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, appearing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Athens Festival at the Acropolis.

The three-day MusicUnitesUS residency with Ologundê offers a series of open classes, roundtable discussions, a public school education series, film, a dance workshop, and concerts, all open to the public. Free pre concert talks before World Music Concerts are held at the Rose Art Museum from 7- 7:45 p.m. For a full residency schedule log onto:


About MusicUnitesUS
MusicUnitesUS is a three-tiered program of Brandeis University that encompasses an "Intercultural Residency Series," a "Public School Education Program," and a "World Music Series." Since the program began in 2003, the mission has been to further the understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through music.

[Wadabo_updates] New Year's African Dance Celebration NYC

Greetings African Dance Community!
If you thought this year in African dance could not get any better – think again! TAZIAInc, your new pan-African arts marketing company, is producing a New Year
' s African Dance celebration like no other!



DEC 29 - JAN 1, 2008

Join us for the BIGGEST New York New Year's celebration in African dance history!  


18 African Dance Workshops

December 29, 2007 - Jan 1, 2008

Learn the latest moves from world renowned African dance instructors at the spacious New York City Center studios! See which of your favorite teachers are already on the list!

African Dance Concert

December 30, 2007

Watch master African dance teachers from Africa and the US light up the stage as they come together in a powerful theatrical production choreographed by Pape N'Diaye!

New Year's Eve Party

December 31, 2007


Bring in the New Year in New York City at the biggest African dance celebration EVER! Watch a live concert with Senegalese music band, Gokh-Bi System, and dance to the beat of the hottest percussionists in African dance!

Find out more! Visit:

Join the TAZIA Email List!
Stay informed. Never miss a beat!

Copyright 2007. Tazia Inc. All rights reserved.

[Wadabo_updates] Lamine Toure w/ Natraj Thursday

World-jazz group Natraj features 
guests Lamine Toure and Prasanna

Thursday, September 27, 2007 9:00PM

The world-jazz ensemble Natraj features special guests Senegalese
master drummer Lamine Touré and South Indian classical guitarist
Prasanna for an evening of ground-breaking cross-cultural music at
Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge, MA.
Tickets are $12. Validated parking is available. All ages are
welcome. Call (617) 876-9330 .

Featured guest Sabar master drummer Lamine Touré has toured
extensively in Senegal, Europe, and North America, and was featured at
the Montreal Jazz Festival. Leader of the Afro-pop band Group Saloum,
he is known for artistry in fusing traditional Senegalese rhythms with
jazz, rock, and Afro-pop. This program showcases Touré on sabar,
djembe, talking drum, and taasu (rhythmic recitation).

Special guest Prasanna is the top-most performer of South Indian
classical music on electric guitar and has gained worldwide renown for
his artistry. Prasanna has delighted audiences in major concert halls
and festivals in the US, Europe, and India. He has performed and/or
recorded with Larry Coryell, Alphonso Johnson, David Gilmore,
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jamey Haddad, Illayaraja, Aka Moon, L.
Subramaniam, and A. R. Rahman.

"Natraj... successfully fused African grooves with romantic Indian
ragas... exotic... captivating..." - Graphic Showbiz, Accra, Ghana.

"Natraj... They are the world." - Boston Globe.

Lamine Touré - West African percussion
Prasanna - guitar
Phil Scarff - soprano saxophone
John Funkhouser - string bass
Jerry Leake - tabla and multipercussion
Bertram Lehmann - drums and percussion

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Call for Dancers w/ Fatou N'Diaye

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

Call for Dancers:
Master dancer & choreographer, Sister Fatou N'Diaye Davis,
is producing a show for spring 2008.
She is looking for 8-10 dancers to perform along with her troupe
Silimbo D'Adeane West African Dance & Drum Company.

The performance will include music & dances from Senegal, West Africa.
Dancers must be able to regularly attend rehearsals on Saturdays,
3:00-4:30pm at the Dance Complex (First rehearsal will be Saturday October 6th). Dancers of all ages (18+), physiques, origins and nationalities are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in participating, please send an email letting Fatou know a little about yourself and your dance experience to Darya at:

Fatou N'Diaye-Davis , is the founder and director of the traditional West African dance company, Silimbo D'Adeane West African Dance and Drum Company. The company name, translates to "Sunrise on Adeane". Fatou was born, in the Cassamance region of Senegal, in the village of Adeane. Ms. N'Diaye-Davis has danced and acted professionally for over twenty-five years. Currently Fatou resides in Boston where she brings her rich heritage to people of all ages.
For more information on Sister Fatou or Silimbo please visit

Monday, September 24, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Boubacar Diabate & Samba Lolo - TONIGHT

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

Boubacar Diabate & Samba Lolo

Music starts @ 10pm
3496 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain.
Click here for Google Map and driving directions


The Sounds of Mali, West Africa with Samba Lolo featuring Boubacar Diabate West African Griot Music from Mali. Griot singer, guitarist, songwriter and storyteller Boubacar Diabate from Bamako, Mali comes from the Mandinka lineage and has combined traditional rhythms with modern influences to create his own style of contemporary Malian Griot music presenting his own compositions and arrangements, singing and playing guitar with his group, Samba Lolo. Singing in Bambara, Boubacar and Samba Lolo create a performance that spans the full spectrum of Traditional to Contemporary Malian music from West Africa. Bouba sings of a common shared experience of love, life and humanity, giving all an opportunity to hear the age-old West African tradition of Griot storytelling through song. 

[Wadabo_updates] An Evening with Sadio Diatta Rosche 9/26

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

Come and learn about the amazing work
Sadio is doing in Guinea Bissau, West Africa.

An Evening with Sadio Diatta Rosche
Wednesday, September 26th

Grace Methodist Church
50 Magazine St, Cambridge MA

Over the past six years, Sadio has built the Ussoforal Arts School
in Guinea Bissau - one of the poorest nations in Africa.

Ussoforal has expanded its programs to serve
 200 students ranging from age 3 to 20+ yrs with four levels

of performing dance groups. This past year she has also started literacy
classes for women. Come and see the videos, hear the stories and support her work.

Also -


(Fatou Carol Sylla's class, 536 Mass Ave, Central Sq, Camb.)

Friday, September 21, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Marie Cisse - Last class w/ Fatou Tomarrow

Come out and dance with Marie Cisse-

We are fortunate to have Fatou N'Diaye daughter,
Marie Cisse, teach one more class this weekend before she leaves Boston!
Marie Cisse is a talented master dancer who has
studied and performed with the National Ballet of Senegal.

Marie Cisse teaches sabar dance
Saturday, September 22nd,
Fatou N'Diaye's class @ The Dance Complex, $12

All levels welcome.
With live drumming by master artists
Samba Cisse, Mamadou Cisse, & more!
Show your support for the N'Diaye family
& learn the beautiful dance arts of Senegal!

[Wadabo_updates] President of Senegal Speaks at Harvard Sept. 27th

*THURSDAY, Sept. 27th, at 6:00pm

*Institute of Politics Forum, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

A Public Address

President of Senegal

LOCATION: Forum, Kennedy School of Government, 79 JFK St. Cambridge

*INFORMATION: 617 496-3864. Open to all. No ticket necessary.*

[Wadabo_updates] Red Earth - A Malian Journey 10/10

HT Productions Presents

Dee Dee Bridgewater

"RED EARTH - A Malian Journey"

Wednesday, October 10, 8 pm

Boston's Cutler Majestic Theatre

at Emerson College, 219 Tremont Street,

Boston MA 02116. Tickets at $78 [VIP] $48, $42 and $30 go on sale Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. at the

Cutler Majestic Theatre box office [Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 617-824-8000], on line at

or by calling 800-233-3123. For more information go to: or call:


Ms. Bridgewater is touring with a band that includes her jazz trio along with some wonderful Malian

performers. The band includes

Ira Coleman on bass, Edsel Gomez on piano, Minino Garay on percussion

and drums,

Baba Sissoko on n'goni, Assitan Kéita providing background vocals, Kabiné Kouyaté also on

background vocals,

Lansiné Kouyaté on balafon, Adama Diarra on djembé and Mamadou Cherif


on kora.

With a voice that sits comfortably among the last century's greatest female jazz singers, Dee Dee

Bridgewater has created a breathtaking and innovative new vision of jazz on her new album

Red Earth. By

retracing her Africa roots to Mali and combining the rich tradition of jazz with the equally rich African

music traditions she has created a totally organic musical experience.

Dee Dee Bridgewater is first and foremost a groundbreaker, an artist whose projects have traversed the

musical kaleidoscope - from traditional vocal jazz to searing scat interpretations. Unafraid and

uninhibited, these attributes make her perhaps the most versatile and inspiring artist and producer of her

generation. Drawing on a deep font of talent and inspiration, Bridgewater's new project, "RED EARTH - A

Malian Journey," is a journey both forward and back. Melding Malian voices, music and traditional

instruments with American jazz vernacular and penning many of the lyrics, Dee Dee Bridgewater has

crafted one of her most important musical statements to date.

Bridgewater explains, the album is "the culmination of my decision to find my African roots. It was an idea

I first had when doing Horace Silver's music, which is so syncopated and rhythmic." The resulting

Grammy® nominated album

love and peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver solidified her resolve to further

investigate African music. With the death of Ella Fitzgerald in 1996 and Dee Dee's subsequent double

Grammy® Award winning tribute

Dear Ella, the project was put on hold. Her ensuing projects, Live At


, This Is New, and J'ai Deux Amours , incorporated more global sounds and influences and yielded

Grammy® nominations for two of the albums.

Elected in 1999 as one of the United Nations' first Ambassadors for the Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO), Bridgewater was granted the unique opportunity to travel to Africa, visiting villages involved with

various FAO programs. Over the years, Dee Dee amassed a library of music from Nigeria, Ivory Coast,

Senegal, Congo, Benin, South Africa and Madagascar amongst others. As she narrowed her focus, one

country's music came to the fore. "Whenever I heard it, I would get a jolt." Bridgewater recalls. "In the

end of 2003, I started thinking it must be Mali. I had an inexplicable knowledge and ability to scat to and

comprehend this rhythm and music."

However, it was not until August 2004 that Bridgewater decided to make the long-awaited trip to Mali. It

was during this first voyage that Dee Dee intensely felt she had found her ancestral home. Her instinctual

connection to Malian "blues", an inexplicable draw to the red earth - the ancient sign of life forces and

land of her ancestors - and her amazing resemblance to the Malian tribe called 'Peul' all confirmed her

suspicions, drawing her in with undeniable spiritual force.

For their first trip to Mali, Bridgewater and co-producer/husband Jean-Marie Durand enlisted the aide of

Cheick Tidiane Seck, who had produced jazz pianist Hank Jones' 1995 celebrated Verve release

Sarala, to

serve as their musical chaperone. Seck provided a portal to the country's brightest musicians and singers

and with his involvement the music began to take shape. Cheick Tidiane Seck "is responsible for the

involvement of all the Malian musicians on this project, as well as selecting the traditional Malian songs,"

says Bridgewater. "We both agreed that the project had to have traditional Malian instruments, as we were

fusing traditional Malian music with the traditions of Jazz." It was during this visit that Seck introduced

Bridgewater and Durand to Malian Minister of Culture and filmmaker, Cheick Omar Sissoko, who gave the

group use of an official vehicle and driver, allowing them to tour different regions and take in the culture

of the country.

During a subsequent visit in August 2006, Mariam Nour, the Malian representative for the UN Food and

Agriculture Organization, invited Goodwill Ambassadors Bridgewater and Oumou Sangaré to tour villages

involved with local FAO programs. One village's women raise bees for honey, soap, candles and other

products and run a cooperative selling these goods near Mali's capitol, Bamako. In another, a woman was

lent the funds to procure livestock with the caveat that they be either sheep or goats. She purchased one

sheep and ten ewes, which allowed her to breed animals that could be sold to repay the loan. She then

gave a portion of the proceeds to another woman in a different village to continue the program herself. A

third village's women were learning micro-agricultural irrigation practices involving square plots of land

from a doctor from Haiti. Bridgewater marveled, "It was a wonderful experience, one that has irrevocably

changed my life forever."

The roles and influences of women are intrinsically interwoven in Malian politics and culture. In this vein,

Dee Dee wanted to bring the strong feminine aspect of Mali to

Red Earth - A Malian Journey. One song,

'Bambo (No More)', composed by Tata 'Bambo' Kouyaté, was so powerful that it led the government to

abolish forced marriage in the 1960s. In addition to including "Bambo" on the album, Dee Dee made the

conscious decision to feature female vocalists like outspoken women's rights advocate Oumou Sangaré,

Ramata Diakité, rising star Mamani Kéita and Fatoumata "Mama" Kouyaté, the "golden voice of Mali."

Bridgewater says, "I felt such a strong sisterhood with all of these dynamic women." It was important for

her to highlight this less explored part of the culture, which she feels has a distinct influence on the people

and their music."

Songs "Bani (Bad Spirits)", "Sakhodougou (The Griots)," and "Massane Cissé (Red Earth)", which

originated in the Twelfth and Thirteenth centuries, are told in the oral tradition of the 'Griots'. These timehonored

storytellers of Malian and family history are charged with carrying the vocal and musical customs

forward through the generations. In deference to the importance of these traditions, Bridgewater features

lauded 'Griots' Kassé Mady Diabaté, up-and-coming talent Kabiné Kouyaté, and musical griots Bassékou

Kouyaté, Toumani Diabaté and Baba Sissoko, whom Dee Dee considers her personal "griot." In working

with the 'Griot' songs, as well as some of the other songs, Dee Dee tried to remain faithful to the original

story, while at times lending a more updated nuance. This is the case with "Massane Cissé (Red Earth)"and

the updated Ségou 'Griot' song, "Demissènw (Children Go 'Round)". Interspersed are original

compositions "Mama Digna Sara Ye (Mama Don't Ever Go Away)" and "Djarabi (Oh My Love)."

"Jean-Marie [Durand] and I worked with Bassékou Kouyaté in setting up jam sessions at his house. I

improvised rhythms and lyrics. "Children Go 'Round" came out of that." Four n'goni players, two

percussionists and Bassékou's wife, Ami Sacko improvised with Dee Dee. At Bassékou's urging,

Bridgewater's youngest child, son Gabriel Durand, was invited to sit in on guitar. The organic outgrowth of

that experience was so successful that Bridgewater recorded the tune with Bassékou's group "N'goni Ba"

in one room with son Gabriel featured on guitar. "That's why it has such a different sound. Mixing it was

almost impossible because everyone bled together – voices and instruments melded, but that was the

original album concept. It would have been quite an undertaking to do the whole album that way, but it

was great to get that one song," says Bridgewater describing the raw and honest quality of the track.

The title of the album

Red Earth - A Malian Journey was serendipitous. On the morning of her first day in

Mali, Bridgewater was overwhelmed at the view from her hotel room - red earth stretching out before her

with the Niger river coursing in the distance. It reminded her of the stories her mother told her of her

childhood love of rolling in the red earth of Memphis. Dee Dee pensively offers, "I'm just trying to find my

voice and my reason to be. Doing this project I feel that I've found something incredible – my African

roots and my home, Mali."




Tuesday, September 18, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] President of Senegal at Harvard on Sept. 27th

*THURSDAY, Sept. 27th, at 6:00pm
*Institute of Politics Forum, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
A Public Address
President of Senegal
LOCATION: Forum, Kennedy School of Government, 79 JFK St. Cambridge
*INFORMATION: 617 496-3864. Open to all. No ticket necessary.*
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[Wadabo_updates] Invitation to Harvard African Studies Reception, Sept. 25th

The Harvard Committee on African Studies

cordially invites you to its

annual reception to welcome

faculty, students and fellows with African interests


Tuesday, September 25th, 5:00 to 7:00p.m.


Room S030, Concourse Level, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

Special Performance BY PADAME (Harvard's
Pan-African Drum and Musical Ensemble)

Spouses, partners and interested friends and colleagues welcome.

No RSVP necessary. Questions: 617 495-5265.

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A full listing of regularly held West African Dance and Drum classes taught by master artists in and around Boston can be found at our website:
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WADaBo is a collective of individuals interested in promoting and enjoying Dance, Drum, Music, Language and Culture from West African and the Diaspora
If you would like to be removed from this list, or only contacted for certain events (performances, workshops, etc), please go to
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[Wadabo_updates] Invitation to Harvard African Studies Reception, Sept. 25th

The Harvard Committee on African Studies

cordially invites you to its

annual reception to welcome

faculty, students and fellows with African interests


Tuesday, September 25th, 5:00 to 7:00p.m.


Room S030, Concourse Level, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge.

Special Performance BY PADAME (Harvard's
Pan-African Drum and Musical Ensemble)

Spouses, partners and interested friends and colleagues welcome.

No RSVP necessary. Questions: 617 495-5265.

Monday, September 17, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Lamine Toure & Group Saloum Thursday

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

Lamine Toure & Group Saloum, Live!
Thursday, September 20th, 9:30pm
At The Lizard Lounge, $10

1667 Mass Ave, Between Harvard & Porter Sq

Cambridge, MA

Next Show:
Wednesday, October 17th at Ryles Jazz Club

Sunday, September 16, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] RE:

Be proud to show it wherever you go. For that you will need Penis Enlarge Patch.
With Penis Enlarge Path your cock will not be mock - it will be real.

To Buenos Ayres, then. He did not even attempt to pronounce this name, though its strange, inexplicable look on the page was a joy to him. From there by mule-back and afoot over the Andes to Chile. He knew something about that trip. A woman who had taught in the Methodist missionary school in Santiago de Chile had taken that journey, and he had heard her give a lecture on it. He was the sexton of the church and heard all the lectures free. At Santiago de Chile (he pronounced it with a strange distortion of the schoolteachers bad accent) he would stay for a while and just live and decide what to do next. His head swam with dreams and visions, and his heart thumped heavily against his old ribs. The clock striking ten brought him back to reality. He stood up with a gesture of exultation almost fierce. Thats just the time when the train crosses the state line! he said.
Jehiel gave no indication that he had heard. His faded old blue eyes were fixed steadily on the single crack in the rampart of mountains, through which the afternoon train was just now leaving the valley. Its whistle echoed back hollowly, as it fled away from the prison walls into the great world.

Friday, September 14, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Balla Tounkara & Ashley Maher Sunday 10/14

 "The West Meets West Africa" - California and Mali Meet in Boston


@ The Lily Pad, Inman Square, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 

Ashley appears at 7pm .  Balla appears at 8:30pm.  Suggested donation, $10.

Solo artist Ashley Maher stops in Boston on her way to the WOMEX conference in Spain ,

to share an evening of acoustic world music at The Lily Pad

with Malian singer / kora master Balla Tounkara...


ASHLEY MAHER is an original - a singer-composer-bandleader who lives in the industrial West yet is truly at home with African and other world music traditions. Her highly individual and infectious brand of world/folk/jazz has gained her an international following, four acclaimed albums, and performances with several major African icons. Ashley has opened for Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Vusi Mahlasela, Zap Mama, and Dobet Gnahore.  Youssou N'Dour recently released 
his new CD, Alsaama Day, featuring "Boul Bayekou", a song  co-written by Ashley. She also just completed her fourth CD, Flying Over Bridges, produced by Cameroon's Andre Manga. Ashley appears at Lily Pad w/ guitarist Francis Jacob, for this special night of beautiful songs and world grooves.
"Imagine the soaring melodies of Joni Mitchell and the darkly lyrical twists and turns of Paul Simon, sung over a steaming cauldron of African rhythms. But, as intriguing as that may sound, it still doesn't quite do justice to the music of Ashley Maher, who manages to use those fertile sources as the stimulation for songs and performances that are uniquely her own."
Don Heckman , Los Angeles Times

singer / kora master, was born into one of the Mali's most prestigious griot families.  He studied the kora with his grandfathers, master kora player Batouroue Sekou Kouyate and Samakou Tounkara.  Balla's deep devotion to Manding music and his mastery of the kora were further expanded by his interest in Western music.  Since moving to the USA in 1996, he has collaborated with jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, R & B, Latin, and reggae musicians while maintaining his connection to his Malian roots.  Balla's group, Groupe Spirit, has performed regularly in Boston and New York, with forays across the border into Canada.  They perform a spicy, eclectic blend of African, Latin, funk, and blues that can electrify any audience

"Balla has it all: the kora technique, the clear-eyed vision, and most of all, the gorgeous singing voice, a voice with range and subtlety that approaches the timbre and emotional impact of Mali's best known singer, Salif Keita ."
Afropop Editor Banning Eyre

#     #      #

For more information, to request CDs for review, or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura D'Onofrio @ 617 817 1182 or email Laura at . Photos available on request

[Wadabo_updates] No Sabar drum Sat, Daniel Soumah teaches Sun, Lacina Coulibaly Returns Oct

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,
Three updates:

1 - NO Sabar drum class w/ Lamine 9/15
2 - Daniel Soumah will teach Pape's Sunday 9/16
3 - Lacina Coulibaly teaches starting October
1 - No Sabar Drum Class 9/15 : Dear sabar enthusiasts,
there will be no sabar drum class this Saturday (9/15).
Lamine will be performing at the worcester african festival that day.
Monday evening classes are back to 6-7:30pm.

2 - Daniel Soumah, dancer from Guinea, West Africa

will teach Pape N'Diaye's Sunday class on 9/16.
Daniel has just arrived in Boston from Guinea in August and is thrilled
have to opportunity to share his teaching with Boston.
Daniel will teach a Djembe dance class.
6:00-7:30pm at Cambridge YWCA, 7 Temple Street, Central Sq.

3 - Lacina Coulibaly returns to teach in Boston -
Lacina Coulibaly, master dancer & choreographer from Guinea Bissau,
is teaching at Yale this year. Last year, Lacina taught a celebrated workshop
series at the Dance Complex in Contemporary African Dance Technique & Choreography.
We are fortunate to have Lacina return to the Dance Complex
on Sunday afternoons from 1:30-3:00pm starting in October!
Look for more information & specific dates for these exciting upcoming workshops!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Dance Tribute to Alex Ferdinand, 9/15

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

I know many of you associated with Dance Complex knew and cared for Alex Ferdinand
and I wanted to pass on some news about a dance concert planned as a tribute to her memory. 

The concert will be Saturday 15th at the YWCA (7 Temple St.) 

The doors will open at 2pm and the concert will begin at 3pm.  I believe it will last for several hours.
I know that EnMotion and Jamnastics will be performing as well as several other companies. 
For further information please Call Dorothy Ferdinand, Alex's sister at (617) 494-1842.
Janne Olson

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] That's Black Entertainment - An African American Experience in the Arts 10/6

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

The State of BlackArts Massachusetts Initiative presents:

"That's Black Entertainment" -
An African American Experience in the Arts
Saturday, October 6th at 7:30pm
At the Cambridge YMCA Family Theater

Lets Sing, Lets Dance- An evening of Dance, Poetry & Theater
$20 General Admission
$10 youth under 12 & seniors 65 & over
A portion of the proceed will be donated to:
The Dafur Victims Fund

Including performances by:
Cassandra, Jamal Hoskins, Isabelle County, Lazell Simmons, Teneille Ward,
Kristen Gary, Sele-Fana Kamau, Evanna Hines, Zakiyyah Sutton,
Marquise Lewis, Irene O'Bannon, & Hon Milton J. Wright

For ticket information call 617.238.2460
The YMCA Family Theater is located at
820 Mass Ave, Central Sq., Cambridge, MA

Monday, September 10, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Dance series with Sadio Diatta Rosche

Dear African Dance & Drum Community,

Yes! Sadio Diatta Rosche will be here &
will be guest teaching Fatou-Carol's class on

Fridays, 6-7:30pm
at the Dance Complex for 3 weeks:
September 14, 21 and 18.

Sadio will be teaching a series that will include the Djola dances
Bougouroubou and Enalina as well as a Madinka dance.
She will be teaching songs and cultural significance of the dances. 
The series will be $30.  Single classes $13.
Please come and learn and enjoy all Sadio has to offer.
Sadio will also be having a special event
Wednesday evening Sep't 26.
She will be sharing videos and experiences from her work in
Guinea Bissau
with the school she has created and runs.
This will be held at Grace Methodist Church on Magazine St.
right out side of Cetral Sq.  Stay tuned, more to come.

Sunday, September 09, 2007


Hi everyone,

The new times for drum and dance class begin SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9th (tomorrow or today, depending on your time zone):



The location is the same -- Hillel, 80 Brown St., Providence -- and classes will be at these times all fall.

Please come out and drum and dance! Joh Camara will teach Seydou's class while Seydou is in Mali -- Joh is an incredible dance teacher and Providence is lucky to have him.


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

[Wadabo_updates] Jean Appolon classes THIS WEEKEND!!

Happy end of summer African Dance & Drum Community!

Are you excited or what?


1:30-3:00PM, $13


11:00AM-12:30PM, $13

Yay, see you all there,

The Dance Complex is located at
536 Mass Ave in Central Sq Cambridge for directions