West Africa Live October 19, 2013 at Town Hall Seattle

Africa Live Graphic copyYou are invited to

WEST AFRICA LIVE

experience the drumming, dancing, music,
food and magic of West Africa
A Festival to Benefit Children in Africa.
WHERE: Town Hall Seattle 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle WA
WHEN: Saturday, October 19th, 6:30pm

Featuring performances by:

Gansango Music & Dance Company
Senegalese percussionist Thione Diop
Kora masters Kane Mathis & Sean Gaskell
Mandinka drummers Modibo Traore and Bob Thompson of “Wulibaa”

More on our great performers


For more information and to purchase tickets

Eventbrite - West Africa Live

You can also buy meal tickets in advance to guarantee
the plate of your choice

Proceeds from this event will go to the children in the village of Kerewan in The Gambia. We will be expanding a nursery school and developing a garden to supplement the children’s diet. Data indicates that this village has too few children attending school and many suffering from malnutrition. The community identified this project and we have come on board to assist them. The community is contributing 25% of the project costs as well.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Car Tender, Summit Law Group, Stanford, Munko and Co., P.L.L.C., Tarutis and Brunstrom, PS.

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Gansango Music & Dance draws on the stunning talent of a multicultural group of international dancers and musicians presenting traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa. The company is directed by Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin and now a teacher and choreographer based in Seattle.
thionediop_2-1 Thione Diop, a percussionist from Senegal, West Africa, and his band Yeke Yeke is widely recognized for his powerfully expressive Djembe performances. He is descended from an ancestral line of Senegalese griot drummers – traditional musical storytellers – and is a master of the djembe, sabar, tama, and djun djun. thionediop_10
Performing on the 21-string Mandinka harp, Kane Mathis renders compelling interpretations of  West African kora music, the traditional medium of Gambian griots or historical poets. Years of study with masters in The Gambia have given Mathis a rare opportunity to share this tradition with other cultures. Over the past 10 years, his performances have earned him recognition by the Gambian president, the Gambian minister of culture, national television and radio in The Gambia.  kane mathis 2 crop
Seattle-based kora player Sean Gaskell has toured throughout the United States, and been featured at numerous music festivals in The Gambia and Senegal. He released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012.  sean-gaskell crop

Modibo Traore and Bob Thompson of “Wulibaa” perform Mandinka and Jola rhythms and songs from The Gambia and Senegal. Traore, a drummer, singer, and dancer from Casamance, Senegal, specializes in the musical styles of the Mandinka and Jola ethnic groups. Thompson is a Seattle-based drummer who studies Mandinka drumming and singing.

 

 

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