Monday, April 19, 2010

[Wadabo_updates] Guest Teacher from Senegal, Samba Diop, Friday April 23 at Fatou-Carol's Class

Samba Diop, a former member of the National Ballet of Senegal and The Ballet Foret Sacre, will be teaching Fatou-Carol's class this Friday, April 23 from 6 - 7:30 at the Dance Complex.
Samba will also teach Sabar Dance Class on Thurs. April 22, 6:30 - 8:00 at the Dance Class
Samba now resides and teaches in France and came to the States to teach at Marie Basse-Wiles's Dance Conference in New York City over Easter week-end.  He will be in Boston for only two days, this Thursday and Friday, before returning to France on Saturday.  
Come enjoy a wonderful part of the New York City African Dance Conference right here in Bean Town.
Best wishes,

Saturday, April 17, 2010

[Wadabo_updates] Thursday, April 22: Uhuru Afrika JUMP! Featuring Lamine Touré & Group Saloum

This Thursday, April 22nd, Adam Gibbons & Erich Ludwig proudly present
the launch of:

UHURU AFRIKA JUMP! : A monthly live music dancefloor explosion!
Featuring: Lamine Touré & Group Saloum : Live 10-piece Senegalese Band

Facebook Event:

with your resident griots:
Adam Gibbons (Uhuru Afrika / Fela Lives! : Boston)
Max Pela (Uhuru Afrika / Afrobeta Bodega : Santo Domingo, DR)
w/ Master Percussionist Sidy Maiga (Uhuru Afrika : Bamako, Mali)

Thursday, April 22, 2010
9:00pm -1:00am
Location: Oberon (formerly the Zero Arrow Theater)
Street: Two Arrow Street at Mass Avenue, Harvard Square
City/Town: Cambridge, MA

This is a Uhuru Afrika dance party that features your resident DJs and
live percussion spinning that Uhuru Afro-Diasporic Dance sound with a
special LIVE GUEST in between every month! We are taking the Uhuru
Afrika concept that we all know and love and bringing it to the next
level! Boston... get ready!!!

: 9pm-1am : 18plus! : $10 :

Advance Tickets on sale NOW!;jsessionid=248C63CDB672671EECC687C65DA52782

Lamine Touré:
Amadou Lamine Touré comes from a long line of griots, a caste of
musicians and oral historians among the Wolof people of Senegal. Born
into a family of griot percussionists, masters of the sabar drum, Lamine
has been drumming since the age of four. Growing up in Kaolack, he
received his early training as part of his family's drum troupe,
performing regularly at weddings, baptisms, and neighborhood dance parties.

In 1986, Lamine moved to Dakar, where there would be more opportunities
to exploit his talents in the burgeoning popular music style known as

1991 marked the beginning of Lamine Touré's career as a percussionist in
the modern music scene, when he formed his first group, Xiis. After
playing with Keur Gi, Diaspora, the Ballet Ousmane Cissé and the
Orchestre Nationale, Lamine Touré joined mbalax star Mapenda Seck's band
in 1995, with whom he made his commercial recording debut, Jamilou.
Nder et le Setsima Group

A fast-growing success, Lamine Touré left Mapenda Seck in 1997 to join
Alioune Mbaye Nder et le Setsima Group. Since then he has enjoyed a
fruitful career as Nder's percussionist, touring extensively within
Senegal and throughout Europe and North America, with performances at
Bercy (Paris), the Festival International de Jazz (Montréal) and Central
Park Summerstage (New York). Always a highlight of Setsima Group, Touré
showcases his musical talent and versatility on a wide range of
percussion instruments, from sabar and djembé to tama (talking drum), as
well as in taasu (rhythmic poetry, similar to rap).
Group Saloum

Lamine Touré is also the founder and leader of Group Saloum, Boston's
newest Afro-pop band. Lamine Touré and Group Saloum fuse Senegalese
mbalax with elements of jazz, funk, reggae and Afrobeat. Group Saloum
performs original mbalax music, drawing upon the collective creativity
of Touré and some of Boston's most talented musicians. Their performance
debut at the Central Square World's Fair in July 2004 was a smashing
success, drawing record crowds to the African Stage.
Rambax MIT

Since Fall 2002, Lamine Touré has been serving as Artist-in-Residence at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the
Senegalese drumming ensemble, Rambax MIT. He continues to teach sabar
drumming and dance classes in the Boston area, conducting workshops and
lecture-demonstrations at local schools and universities.

Group Saloum:
Group Saloum is Boston's hottest Afro-pop band. Founded by
world-renowned griot percussionist Lamine Touré, Group Saloum fuses
Senegalese mbalax with elements of jazz, funk, reggae, and Afrobeat.
Group Saloum performs original mbalax music highlighted by the
infectious rhythms of Touré's sabar drums, drawing upon the collective
creativity of some of Boston's most talented musicians.

"From Boston, a spectacular afropop act specializing in, but not limited
to, Senegalese mbalax."
— Afropop Worldwide

"Lamine Touré and Group Saloum kick out a hard-hitting dance mix that
spans the percussive fury of Senegalese mbalax and the joyful uplift of
Congolese soukous"
— Banning Eyre, Boston Phoenix

The band's self-titled first album is available online from and The CD was recorded by
ASCAP-winning producer Dan Cantor of Notable Productions, and is
released and distributed by Nomadic Wax.
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