Signature Artists Series
We are honored to provide an opportunity for students to experience learning from local and traveling artists of distinction. The Signature Artists Series is dedicated to bringing the best artists to our own backyard for the enrichment of our students and our local community.
W African Drumming & Dancing Workshop:
Yele Nous Bere – Laughing and Playing!
Aly Camara & Marietou Cisse
Classes are generally geared more towards the intermediate level; may be a push for some beginners (but doable) and just right for intermediate levels. There will be additional challenging bits and pieces for the more experienced players. All levels are welcome to join the classes to laugh and play!
SATURDAY June 22, 2019
9:00am – Registration / Sign In
9:15am – 10:45am – Djembe Class – all levels class!
11:00am – 12:30pm – Dunun Class – all levels class!
12:30pm – 1:45pm – Lunch
We encourage you to bring your lunch and eat at the church. We can also order something to be delivered.
There are several eating establishments near the church but an hour and fifteen minutes might be challenging to get back in time for afternoon classes.
1:45pm – 3:15pm — Percussive Dance Class – all levels class!
3:30pm – 5:00pm – Ballet Dunun Class – all levels class!
LOCATION: Community United Church Of Christ
814 Dixie Trail Raleigh, NC 27607
7:00pm-until – Party at Tony & Melissa’s House
Pot luck – bring a dish to share if you are able and whatever you want to drink. Music on the deck!
LOCATION: Tony & Melissa’s House
(address given at registration)
Near Cary, NC 27539
SUNDAY June 23, 2019
1:00pm-2:30pm Krin Class – all levels class!
3:00pm-4:30pm Performance Class (putting it all together)
This is a class that puts all the parts from a rhythm learned in earlier classes together (djembe, dunun, ballet dunun, etc). It is NOT a requirement to attend all earlier classes though it is geared to those that did. All are welcome and will get to participate in this amazing class!!!
LOCATION: Homestead Drumming
206 Homestead Drive, Cary, NC 27513
• $20 per class (6 classes available) or
• $70 if you take all 4 Saturday classes or
• $110 if you take all 6 classes
Payment by cash, check or credit card at the door or pre-pay online (preferred). If you plan to pay at the door, please email Mike at HomesteadDrumming@gmail.com and indicate which classes you will attend.
If you want a combination of classes that is not listed in the Add to Cart menu,
please contact Mike at HomesteadDrumming@gmail.com
Contact / Registration
Mike Long at Homestead Drumming
Aly will bring several djembes to sell!
ABOUT OUR TEACHERS
Aly Camara & Marietou Cisse taught a series of djembe, dunun, percussive dance, and krin workshops in High Point and Raleigh / Durham in the fall of 2017 and in Raleigh / Cary in June of 2018. We are excited to have them back for 2019!
Aly is an energetic and fun teacher who brings a wealth of talent, experience and knowledge garnered from his time as lead drummer for Les Merveilles de Guinea. He has been very musical since he was a small child and has mastered a number of traditional instruments to include djembe, dunun, krin, and gongoma. Aly is a highly sought after teacher. Aly created the drum and dance camp SaMato and provides artistic direction for the Atlanta-based Sewe Village.
Marietou Cisse is a dancer from the Republique of Guinea, West Africa. She has been dancing since she was eight years old. She was trained as a professional dancer by the renowned director of Ballet Djoliba, Les Merveilles de Guinea and Les Ballets Africains, Kemoko Sano and is a former member of Les Ambassadors de Guinea, Les Solayi D’Afrique, and Les Merveilles De Guinea. She is loved by her students and can do amazing things with percussive dance!
Past featured teachers and performers:
Fode Lavia Camara returned to teach an all-levels workshop featuring one of the rhythms on his latest CD, the live recording of the KALOUM DJEMBE Festival, which took place in Conakry, Guinea in 2017.
Aly Camara & Marietou Cisse taught a series of djembe, dunun, percussive dance, and krin workshops in High Point and Raleigh / Durham in the fall of 2017, and in Cary and Raleigh in June 2018.
Aly is an energetic and fun teacher who brings a wealth of talent, experience and knowledge garnered from his time as lead drummer for Les Merveilles de Guinea. He has been very musical since he was a small child and has mastered a number of traditional instruments to include djembe, dunun, krin, and gongoma. Marietou Cisse is from the Republique of Guinea, West Africa and has been dancing since she was eight years old. She was trained as a professional dancer by the renowned director of Ballet Djoliba, Les Merveilles de Guinea and Les Ballets Africains, Kemoko Sano and is a former member of Les Ambassadors de Guinea, Les Solayi D’Afrique, and Les Merveilles De Guinea.
Kokanko Sata Doumbia, Lamine Soumano and Assaba Dramé delivered a modern exploration of the traditional stringed music of Mali, West Africa in October 2016. An exquisite demonstration of both modern and traditional Malian sounds, the Strings Showcase features guitar, kora, vocals, and two Malian ngoni styles – the lute-styled jeli ngoni, and the harp styled kamelen “youth” ngoni. A collaboration with The Cradle of Jazz Project. Proceeds of the concert support this semester’s exchange, plus the endowment of an annual semester abroad for these Malian artist children. For more information, visit the Cradle of Jazz’s website.
Monette Marino, solo artist, world percussionist and teacher for over 25 years. She taught Cuban and West African drumming classes in June 2016 for us in Durham. Learn about her iPhone app for drummers on Monette’s website.
Forrest “Fode” Matthews had just returned from a two month trip to Guinea, West Africa when he taught in February 2016. Full of stories, rhythms and information to share!
Greg Ince, professional West African drummer with more than three decades of experience teaching African drumming and dancing in schools across the US.
Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem, African music specialist and musical director of Sankofa.
Aly Camara, creator of the drum and dance camp SaMato and also provides artistic direction for the Atlanta based Sewe Village.
Beverly Botsford, cross-cultural percussionist and educator.
Helen Bond and Fode Camara of Medusa Drums.
Sandy Blocker, accompanist in the Dance Dept. at Elon University.
Atiba Rorie, founder of Africa Unplugged and percussionist.
Bolokada Conde, Malinke Djembefola.