Djembe Fever Drum and Dance Wula Drums: Djembe Fever Tour. Master Drummer and Dancer M’Bemba Bangoura will be offering two workshops on the same day.
- Djembe/DunDun Class with M'bemba Bangoura / 12:30-2:30pm
A lively, fun, and supportive atmosphere creates a great learning environment for African drumming. Students are taught the correct sounds and technique of the djembe, as well as specific accompaniment rhythms and even learn solo phrases. Students will get the history, cultural significance, and traditions of the music and its people and leave with a solid feeling of a specific rhythm from Guinea, West Africa.
- DunDun Dance / 3:00-5:00pm
Play the Dundun and dance at the same time! Each student plays a dundun (bass drum) while learning steps and fun choreographed movements. It is powerful as the class moves in unison and power of the dunduns shake the walls. This class is a movement class, however not as strenuous or aerobic as a dance class, and is great for all levels, beginner to advanced.
Location: Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave West (Studio B6), St. Paul, MN 55114 (Please enter Dow Building at side door on Hampden Ave.)
Date: Saturday, April 29, 12:30-2:30pm and 3:00-5:00pm
Djembe/Dundun (12:30-2:30) - $35
Dundun Dance (3:00 - 5:00) - $35
Both classes together - $60
Instructor: Master Drummer and Dancer M’Bemba Bangoura from Guinea, West Africa
Instructor Bio: Growing up in Conakry, M'Bemba was exposed to all of these styles in the cultural melting pot of the city. By the age of 21, he was an acclaimed and accomplished drummer and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the National Ensemble of Guinea. After playing with Djoliba and other groups in Guinea for 13 years, M'Bemba moved to the US in 1992.
M'Bemba travels the world performing, teaching, and sharing his love for drum and dance. Now he is coming to a city near you! Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from M'Bemba and his trusty sidekick, Michael Markus. Michael, president of Wula Drum and creator of the Wula Drum and Dance Retreat, is known as a great teacher himself.
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