Special Combined Djembe & Dance Workshop: Adama Bilorou & Mariam Diakité

Special Combined Djembe & Dance Workshop!
Adama Bilorou & Mariam Diakité
Join us for intimate instruction from two amazingly talented artists of the Manding!

Sunday January 13th
6PM — Djembe class w/ Adama Bilorou Dembele
7:30PM — Dance class w/ Mariam Diakité
Bandaloop Studios
1601 18th St,
Oakland, CA 94607


Adama Bilorou Dembele is a world-renowned West African musician and percussionist, composer, arranger, teacher et choreographer. Originally from Burkina Faso, he hails from a lineage of griots, a class of traveling musicians, storytellers and poets who preserve the oral traditions of their culture.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Adama composes and performs an explosive mélange of musical genres inspired by his native culture, Bwaba, and infused with sounds from Europe and beyond. From street jazz to afro funk to Mandingue melodies and rhythms, his rich grooves explore the fusion between ancestral and contemporary musical expressions. Adama’s exploration brings together classical, modern and traditional instruments such as the balafon, djembe, kora, dundun and talking drum, among others.

Adama has had the privilege of playing with world-class artists such as Carlos Santana, Manu Dibango, Marcus Miller, Ibraham Maalouf, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare and Alpha Blondy, to name a few. He performs and leads workshops across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. His latest album, Ananide, is available at www.adamabilorou.com. As a modern griot, Adama pays homage to the ancestors for their inspiration and collaboration in his musical composition.

Mariam 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!

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