Sat, Nov 09, 2019 02:00PM
Price: $35, $30 Friends, $25 students and seniors
Be inspired by the rhythms of West Africa as you learn traditional drumming and dance techniques. You’ll join a group of up to 20 people to form a drumming circle led by drummer Saikou Saho. Using the djembe drum — a skin-covered, rope-tuned percussion instrument — you’ll learn beats based on the traditional, textured, and influential polyrhythms of West Africa. Dancer Mabinty Sylla will also have you laughing and moving to the rhythm of the drums with lessons based on the vibrant traditional dances of West Africa.
This workshop is part of the Museum’s fall season —Africa! — which explores new dimensions of the vast and complex continent with a world-class lineup of art, performers, and speakers.
Saikou Saho has been teaching drumming for over 25 years, and facilitates a drum-building program with VIBE Arts in Toronto schools where history and culture are part of the hands-on lesson. Saho owns the Kensington Market store and gathering spot, African Drums and Art Crafts. As an elder in Toronto’s African, Gambian, and drumming communities, he has been an important figure in many community endeavors.
Mabinty Sylla hails from Guinea in West Africa. She began her dance training at the age of 12 in Conakry with Mamadouba Camara, soloist for two of West Africa's most respected traditional groups. Sylla moved to Toronto in 2008 and has performed at numerous festivals across Canada. She is a member of Toronto’s Juno award-winning Okavango African Orchestra. She teaches and choreographs West African dancing in schools, community programs, and private workshops.
VIBE Arts is a charity with over 20 years of history providing young people with the opportunities, experiences, and skills they need to become tomorrow's creative leaders. VIBE Arts uses the power of connection, community, and creativity to tackle complex problems like violence, gangs, poverty and racism. Through school and community arts-based programming, VIBE has become a staple, supporter, and driving force in some of Ontario's most underserved communities.