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Performance: On the Stage & in the Classroom – West African Music & Dance

Artist: Joti Singh

Type: Performance: On the Stage & in the Classroom


Professional Performance and accompanying classroom workshops. Duniya Dance and Drum Company presents traditional dance and music from Guinea, West Africa. Led by Musical Director, Bongo Sidibe, the assembly shows students various traditional rhythms and dances from Guinea and how they relate to life events, such as initiations, celebrations, farming, and spiritual rituals. The musicians play djembe and dounoun, both traditional Guinean instruments, as well as kora, a stringed instrument from West Africa, which is played by griots or oral historians. The dance is fast-paced and high energy and relies heavily on choreography as well as improvisation. Duniya's Musical Director, Bongo Sidibe, grew up in Conakry, Guinea and learned drumming at a very young age, from Mamady Keita, one of the greatest djembe players in the world. He accompanied Keita on his latest CD, Mandeng Djara. Bongo was co-director of the traditional group Balandougou Kan, made up of Keita's children and top students in Conakry. Since arriving in the U.S. he has performed with Black Nature from the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars, the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, Bolokada Conde and Karamo Susso.


Audience Limit: 300 depending on space

Program Length: 45 minutes

Appropriate for Grades:
Pre-K, Secondary SDC, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, All Grades


Assembly Price:

Assembly Back-to-Back Price:

Workshop Cost per Day: N/A

Workshop Materials Fee: N/A

Travel Fee: $50+ outside of service area

Technical Requirements

CD/mp3 player and P/A system. If you can't meet these requirements, please let staff know.


(11) November: International Drum Month

Curriculum Connections

History-Social Science