African Dance Vermont is pleased to announce two exciting special guest teachers on Wednesday March 28th to teach drum and dance classes at 118 Elliot Street. Master drummer, Namory Keita will teach a drum class from 6 to 7 pm. The cost is on a sliding scale of $10-15. There will be extra drums for those who need one. Accomplished dancer, Seny Daffe will teach a dance class from 7 to 8:30 pm. The cost is on a sliding scale from $15-20. Namory Keita, Pape Ba and friends will accompany the dance class on drums. All levels are welcome.
Namory Keita is an accomplished Guinean drummer who was the lead drummer for his village, Sangbaralla. He has lead countless traditional musical events and ceremonies. Since 2006, Namory has performed and taught around the U.S. and internationally and has recorded with the group Fankaba. For several years, Namory taught a weekly drum class and accompanied the dance classes in Brattleboro, Vt. and currently teaches and drums for classes in Kittery, Me. Namory plays for the world renowned West African dance teacher Youssouf Koumbassa, the Kouraba Festival in Canada, Cirque Zuma Zuma, ILAP, and many other noted musicians and venues throughout New England and the US and abroad. Namory is a sought after teacher and performer with a unique style and a wealth of traditional knowledge very rare to find outside the villages of Guinea. He is a fabulous djembe player and a generous teacher who is experienced at teaching across cultures and skill levels. He is known for his love of his village, his respect for traditional music and his infectious joy of life. Take a class with Namory and experience the joy of learning from a masterful player and teacher.
Seny Daffe was born in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa, where dancing and drumming are inseparable from their culture. He is a versatile musician and a very talented dancer, singer and comedian. Seny has a wealth of performing experience in traditional and contemporary dance and drum. Since coming to the United States in 2006, he has traveled the east coast from Florida to Vermont working with several companies and well-known artists. As a member of Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater of Burlington, VT, he is a regular drummer and teacher for dance classes, and assists in musical direction and choreography. He also independently leads multiple dance and drum classes, and is in popular demand to lead workshops throughout the northeast and beyond. He is a multi-talented and dynamic teacher and performer who is gaining a reputation for his approachable and exciting dance and drum classes, his electrifying doundoun playing, and for his rich and powerful voice.
Pape Ba, originally from Senegal teaches drum and dance every Wednesday evening in April and for the first two Wednesdays in May at 118 Elliot. The April 25th class only will take place at Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. For more information see African Dance Vermont on Facebook or www.africandancevt.com.