MARIAM DIAKITÉ – Oldstyle Dance from Bamakɔ

This Thursday 9/6 @ 7pm, Mariam Diakite begins teaching three “must-know” dances from Bamakɔ, Mali’s bustling capital!

Mariam Diakité – Oldstyle Dance from Bamakɔ
Thurs: Sep. 6
7 –> 8:30PM
Bandaloop Studios
1601 18th St, Oakland, CA 94607


Description: In this mini-series, you will immerse yourself in rich folklore from Mali’s burgeoning capital city, Bamakɔ. Mariam will focus specifically on older dance steps from the capital, home of many of Mali’s most well-known musicians: Salif Keita, Bassekou Kouyate and Habib Koite. You will learn ancient songs, dance steps and rhythms as played in Bamakɔ. Each course will create a foundation of learning that the next will build upon; therefore consecutive attendance is highly encouraged. Informational handouts will be provided. Be sure to arrive @ 7PM for song instruction!


>$60 for all three courses (paid in advance or on the first day)
>$15 drop-in


Follow Mariam and her group, Orchestra Gold:


Ms. Diakité is a dancer, singer, percussionist and an all-around extremely versatile artist. Uniquely interested in mining the depths of Mali’s cultural heritage, she is extremely in-demand within Bamako for weddings, baptisms, and other ceremonies. She has travelled extensively within her country and throughout West Africa, representing Mali abroad.

Mariam is a passionate artist, motivated teacher, and has a special talent for conveying the complex and challenging subtleties of her dance style to her students in a way that makes the challenge fun, and rewarding. She opens minds, and pushes bodies to go beyond what is possible. Her classes are informative as well and filled will valuable information that adds context and culture to the dances and songs. The grace and ease of her singing translates very seamlessly into guided instruction for the students. Aside from being a master at her twin trade of song and dance, Mariam is hard working, down to earth, fun, honest, amicable, easy going, and a pleasure to work with!

Live drumming organized by Orchestra Gold.

Thurs: Sep. 6 // Sep 13 // Sep 20
7 –> 8:30PM
Bandaloop Studios
1601 18th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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