Last updated: 2012-05-18
A rare opportunity is coming to Canada this spring for djembe students: six days of workshop with the grand masters Mamady Keïta and Bolokada Condéin
Mamady Keïta (www.mamadykeita.com) : The man who put djembe on the global map! He will build in pyramid style similar to his great workshops in Guinea.
Whether you’re a beginner or a professional drummer, he will both encourage and challenge you to push your skills to the next level!
Moussa Bolokada Conde is a master drummer from Kissidougou, Guinea, expert of Malinke rhythms, and one of the world's foremost djembefolas. He joined
the Les Percussion du Guinee to replace the legendary Momoudy Keita as their lead drummer. He has traveled and performed in major venues all over the
world since 1996 and was featured in the IMAX movie PULSE: a Stomp Odyssey. Since 2004, he has been performing and teaching in the United States. He has
conducted percussion workshops in many cities in the US and Europe.
It is an honor for me to be your host to this memorable djembe event in Canada in 2012.
Initiated Masters of An Ancient Tradition
Mamady Keïta and bolokada Condé are both initiated Masters of the Malinké drumming tradition who have dedicated their lives to performing and preserving
the music of their people. From their village roots in the Wassolon and Kissidougou regions of northeast Guinea respectively, Mamady and Bolokada were
recruited into the national ballet companies that arose following Guinea’s 1958 independence from France.
Modern Performers and Global Pioneers
Mamady Keïta and Bolokada Condé went on to be leaders to travel the globe as performing artists, sharing Malinké music with the world beyond West Africa
for the first time. They toured for many years, Mamady as lead soloist and eventual artistic director of Ballet Djoliba and Bolokada as the first solist of the
Percussions de Guinée. During this time they each created many of the musical arrangements now common in West African performance groups worldwide.
Master Musicians… Master TEACHERS
Since leaving the ballets, Mamady and Bolokada have both earned reputations as internationally renowned teaching artists. Though they have very different
teaching styles, they base them on a genuine source of joy, warmth, and heart. And they each have an impressive ability to make Mandeng music fun and
easily accessible – both reaching students of all experience levels and challenging the most advanced players. Don’t miss out on the chance to study with
these two greats who are not only Grandmasters of djembe tradition but master teachers as well w to share with students!
||The Grand Djembe Masters:
Mamady Keïta and Bolokada Condé
Workshops 15 to 20 may 2012 (Québec City, QC, Canada)