Celebrate Guinean Dance and Drum

Saturday, October 5 workshops and performance at the Dance Hall

Learn new drum and dance techniques during the day and then stay for a fabulous performance featuring master artists Ismael Bangoura, Sidiki Sylla, Mangue Sylla, Namory Keita, as well as other special guests including members of Portland’s Blue Moon Tribe and The Dance Hall’s own West African Dance and Drum classes!

Drum class with Ismael Bangoura
12:00 to 1:30pm

Dance class with Sidiki Sylla
1:45 to 3:15pm

Dundun dance class with Mangue Sylla
3:30 to 5:00pm

Performance at 7:30pm

Pre-pay for workshops or performance tickets through Brown Paper Tickets

About the artists
Ismael Bangoura hails from Conakry, Guinea and began studying music at the age of nine, primarily playing djembe and krin. He first studied with Master Musician Mohamed Camara and then with Ibrahima “Boca” Camara. He is the musical director Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater in Burlington, VT.

Ismael Bangoura, drummer for Jeh Kulu
Ismael Bangoura

Sidiki “Boze” Sylla also comes from Conakry, Guinea where he was in one of Guinea’s national dance and drum troupes, Ballet Djoliba. He toured the world with the Ballet and relocated to the US more than 15 years ago. He has been the master dancer, principal choreographer, and artistic director for Jeh Kulu since 1997.

Sidiki Sylla, dancer with Jeh Kulu
Sidiki Sylla

Mangue Sylla started studying music in Conakry, Guinea when he was just seven years old. He performed with Les Merveilles de Guinee under Kemoko Sano, touring the world and eventually settling in NYC. In addition to regularly accompanying dance classes in New York, he is a much sought-after musician at workshops, camps, and festivals all over the world.

Mangue Sylla, drummer from Guinea
Mangue Sylla

Namory Keita was the lead drummer for his village of Sangbarala, Guinea before relocating the United States. He is an incredibly talented drummer and generous teacher and has taught all over the world. He has a real talent for teaching across cultures and skill levels. He teaches weekly drum classes in Brattleboro, VT and Kittery, ME.

Namory Keita, drummer from Sangbarala, Guinea
Namory Keita

Don’t miss these amazing artists at The Dance Hall, Kittery, Maine

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