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A Drum and Dance Jam with M’Bemba Bangoura: An exploration of Guinean Rhythms and Techniques
June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday, June 4th, 2023 | 12:00PM–3:00PM EDT | Carriage House, 1st Floor, or EEA Campus
A Drum and Dance Jam with Master Drummer M’Bemba Bangoura: An exploration of Guinean Rhythms and Techniques
M’Bemba Bangoura is a world-renowned performer and teacher of the djembe drum, with a remarkable career spanning decades. Born and raised in Guinea, West Africa, M’Bemba began drumming at a very young age and was exposed to a diverse range of styles in the cultural melting pot of Conakry. By the age of 21, he was an acclaimed and accomplished drummer, and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the National Ensemble of Guinea.
After 13 years with Djoliba and other groups in Guinea, M’Bemba moved to the US in 1992, where he has since become an integral part of the drum and dance scene nationwide. He has worked as a choreographer, arranger, and performer for numerous dance companies in New York City and beyond, and has taught and performed regularly in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
M’Bemba’s three albums, Wali, Fandji, and Wofabe, showcase his mastery of the traditional and modern sounds of Guinea, featuring tight arrangements and the incorporation of the full ensemble with vocalists, balafon, and more.
As a highly sought-after teacher, M’Bemba has developed a large following, and we are thrilled to have him at East End Arts to share his skill and experience with our community. Above all, M’Bemba seeks to share the rich traditions of his culture with anyone who wants to learn, making him one of the foremost ambassadors for Guinean drum and dance. Join us for an unforgettable class with this legendary artist.
June 4, 2023
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Drum and Dance Jam: $35.00
20% Member Discount: $28.00
Children under 10 are Free
Held outside if weather permits.