Jun 05 2020


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

West African Music, Culture & Language

Join LEAF Resident Teaching Artist Adama Dembele and dive into the sounds, rhythms and customs of West African culture in this online class. Adama Dembele is a master djembefola (djembe player) from the Ivory Coast, West Africa and born into 33 generations of musicians where his family home was known as Djembeso, “the house of djembe.” In this class, Adama seeks to share a holistic understanding of his deep cultural roots including language, the rhythms of the djembe drum and accompanying dances and customary dress, the historical context and storytelling properties of the music, a sense of place and more.

Video will go live at 12:30pm day of class, and will remain accessible for viewing at any point afterward. See Youtube or Facebook event for newest video link.

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Mayani is a Maasai boy from longido Arusha. He went to boarding school at 6 years old and lost his Maasai language and tradition. Since joining the LEAF program, he has learned to sing Maasai songs, practiced the ‘jump’ tradition and wear Maasai shukas (traditional clothing). Mayani is extremely happy and is currently teaching other youth the culture.