Global Rhythms: Workshops with Ismael ‘Bonfils’ Kouyate

Join us for a weekend of workshops and performances with internationally acclaimed artist Ismael ‘Bonfils’ Kouyate and several other Guinean musicians: January 17-18!

Ismael Bonfils Kouyate

Workshops and performance in Kittery, January 17, 2015
11:30 to 12:30 Song accompanied on balafon by Abou Sylla **Pre-registration required** $12 ahead or $15 day of at door
12:30 to 1:30 Drum with Namory Keita $12 ahead or $15 day of at door
1:30 to 3:00 Dundun Dance (drum and dance together!) $17 advance or $20 day of at door
3:00 to 4:30 Dance $17 advance or $20 day of at door

All workshops – $50 in advance $60 day of at the door

Performance 7pm featuring Bonfils Kouyate, Abou Sylla, Namory Keita, and other special guests including students from weekly classes in both Portland and Kittery
$12 in advance
$15 day of at the door

Register for classes and get tickets for the performance through Brown Paper Tickets.

Workshops in Portland January 18, 2015

12:30-1:30pm Drum with Namory Keita $12 ahead or $15 day of at door
Bring a drum or contact us ahead to see about borrowing a drum
1:45-2:45pm Song with Bonfils Kouyate accompanied on balafon by Abou Sylla **Pre-registration required** $12 ahead or $15 day of at door
3:00-4:30pm Dundun Dance (drum and dance together!) $17 advance or $20 day of at door
4:45-6:15pm Dance $17 advance or $20 day of at door

Register for classes through Brown Paper Tickets.

And there’s more! Bonfils, who played a major role in the Broadway production of Fela!, will be a special guest performer with Shango at the Dance Hall on Friday, January 16 at 8pm!

Ismael “Bonfils” Kouyate comes from a family of artists in Guinea. He performed and toured the world with Les Ballets Africains, one of Guinea’s national ballets. Between 2009 and 2012, he performed in the production of Fela!, both on Broadway and in the world tour. Bonfils maintains a regular teaching schedule in NYC and is sought after to teach at workshops around the country. In addition he performs with his band Ismael Kouyate: Waraba Band. During his run on Broadway he was noticed by Beyoncé Knowles, who quickly picked him up to be a featured vocalist on her hit song Grown Woman.

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