Mariam Diakité brings roots Mali to Oakland with a focus on the OLDEST of Mali’s folkloric song and dance! “Madama”, is above all, uniquely interested in mining the depths of Mali’s ancient cultural heritage. She is extremely in-demand within the Bamako music scene for weddings, baptisms, and has traveled extensively within her country and throughout West Africa representing Mali.

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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 stories that added context and culture to the dances and songs that she teaches. 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 by Orchestra Gold.

Thursday Evenings
6:30 – 8:00PM
West Oakland Youth Center
3233 Market St, Oakland, CA 94608