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Xylophone (Bala) Concert & Dialogue: Famoro Dioubate, The Keeper of the Torch of West African Music

with Famoro Dioubate & Host, Kevin Nathaniel

ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

An Evening Concert and Dialogue
Friday, February 19, 2021, 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST

Internationally recognized for true mastery of the bala (xylophone of West Africa), Famoro Dioubate is regarded as the keeper of the torch of West African Music. He is from a family of griots, which are families of musicians, storytellers and historians who maintain the music and recite the history and lineage of the people of West Africa, and are widely respected for skillful artistry.


This evening, Famoro will play the bala (xylophone) so we can hear the soul of West African music. The bala represents the source of West Africa’s folklore, stories, songs, dances, history, melodies and rhythms that are the heart of West Africa. The bala instrument is essential to “Djeliya”, which is the vast ancient musical culture and artistic expression of the griot families, who are the inheritors and custodians of the ancient art, medicine and magic of Djeliya.


Note: Kevin Nathaniel will serve as MC and will hold a dialogue with Famoro to give us a deeper understanding of the “world’s greatest bala player,” this will include a short Q&A.

Note: Please be sure you use a headset or headphones with your laptop/computer to have the best experience during this event.


Note: This is the second of a series of four evenings curated by Kevin Nathaniel, director of Afro Roots. (Following dates: February 26 & March 5, 2021. View all concerts HERE.)

Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for 90 days.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS COURSE

  • Prerequisites: N/A
  • Supplies list for the class: Please be sure you use a headset or headphones with your laptop/computer to have the best experience during this event.
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course that requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.

Xylophone (Bala) Concert & Dialogue: Famoro Dioubate, The Keeper of the Torch of West African Music

21SWC49E
  • 1 Session(s)
  • Feb 19 2021 07:30 PM EST

Members

$14

Non-Members

$17

Famoro Dioubate was born in Guinea, West Africa, and is the heir of Africa’s legendary bala master, the late El Hadj Djeli Sory Kouyate.

Kevin Nathaniel, a Yale University graduate, as a Scholar in Fine Arts, is an artist, performer and multi-percussionist, who specializes in the ancient African mbira.

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