Monday, February 16, 2009

[Wadabo_updates] Sabar Classes, Griot Festival, Group Saloum Show

Dear Sabar Enthusiasts,

1 - Lamine is back - class updates
2 - MIT Griot Festival Feb. 28th
3 - Group Saloum March 4 at Ryles

1 - There will be no drum class tonight due to the holiday. However,
Lamine is back and is excited to see everyone again, so classes w/
lamine will resume this SATURDAY at noon, and will continue at the
regular times (Mondays at 6pm, Saturdays at noon).

2 - MIT Griot Festival February 28th (see more info below): We also
have some exciting news to share w/ you; 3 more members of Lamine's
family drum troupe (Mass, Vieux, and Macheikh Mbaye) will be coming to
Boston for a month in order to participate in the first-ever MIT Griot
Festival (on Feb. 28). I'm including the info on the festival below.
the guys will be around for a whole month and will be teaching
Lamine's class w/ him. they are AMAZING drummers, so we are sure to
have a fun sabar-filled month! I will update you w/ more class
information soon.

3 - Group Saloum March 4 at Ryles: Finally, for those of you who are
dying to groove to the sounds of Group Saloum again, the first
boston-area Group Saloum gig of 2009 will be on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 at
Ryles jazz club. Save the date, as well as FEB. 28! and please feel
free to forward the info below to anyone who might be interested -- we
need your help spreading the word!


MIT Griot Festival: Celebrating the Musical Traditions of Africa and
the Diaspora
with special guests from Senegal -- the Mbaye Family Drum Troupe

Saturday, February 28, 2009

10:30am-12:00pm - Drumming with Griots: a sabar drum workshop.
(N52-199, Endicott World Music Room)

6:30-7:30pm - Griots Demystified: a pre-concert symposium panel
featuring griot elder Masikh Mbaye, with Prof. Eric Charry (Wesleyan),
Prof. Patricia Tang (MIT) and Amadou Seck (Nobles). Kresge
Auditorium, MIT.

8:00pm - Griot Celebration: African music, drum and dance
performance featuring the Mbaye Family Drum Troupe, Rambax MIT, Balla
Tounkara, Balla Kouyate, and other guest artists. Directed by Lamine
Touré and Patricia Tang. Kresge Auditorium, MIT.

All events free and open to the public. Made possible by Music and
Theater Arts, the Council for the Arts, the SHASS Dean's Office at
MIT, the Committee on Race and Diversity, and the American Islamic


Patricia Tang
Associate Professor
Music & Theater Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10-264, 77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-452-3572 (office)
617-253-4523 (fax)
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