[african_music] WKSHP: Nansady Keita Chicago 2012

From Hand to Hand - "Wassa Kunba!" GREAT JOY
2012 Drumming Experience Workshop Tour
Chicago Area Dates are June 6th - June 10th
Wednesday thru Sunday

Greetings, I am thrilled to provide you with the schedule for NANSADY KEITA'S From Hand to Hand - "Wassa Kunba" (GREAT JOY) Drumming Experience Workshop in the Chicago Area.

For registration/details go to

June 6th - June 10th (Wednesday - Sunday)
North of Chicago Area at Round Lake Beach, Illinois

Wednesday, June 6 through Sunday, June 10, 2012

Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
2007 Civic Center Way (also called Hook Drive off of 83 just south of the Home Depot)
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073 (next to the North Central Service Metra not far from Milwaukee
District/North Line)
We can help you arrange a drop off/pick up if you need it. Ample free parking available.

Wednesday & Friday 6:00pm-10:30pm (4 hours of instruction)
Saturday 1:00pm - 6:00pm (4 hours of instruction)
Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm (4 hours of instruction)

$460.00 per person for all 5 days, or $100 per day as space allows.
Special EARLY BIRD PRICE $430 for all 5 days if paid in full by May 1, 2012
Bring your own djembe. Dununs will be provided. Djembes available for rental.
Breaks provided for the snacks or lunch you bring.
All payments are fully refundable before May 28, 2012 after which all payments are not refundable.

Nansady Keita was born in the village of Sangbaralla in Guinea, West Africa, where centuries-old rhythms and songs are part of the fabric of daily life. He began playing traditional Malinké music at a very young age, first using a tin can as a djembe and a water container as a dunun. Nansady studied intensively with djembe-master Djoumeh Camara from the age of 8 and eventually progressed to lead djembe-fola (djembe player) in Sangbaralla. The village is located in the country's Hamana region, where the djembe orchestra and the powerful Dunun (Dance of the Strong Men) rhythms were born.

Nansady spent twenty years immersed in the traditional repertoire of Malinké music that accompanies community festivals, celebrations, rights-of-passage and agricultural activities in his village. His playing was in demand across the region when his uncle, world-renowned Master Drummer, Famoudou Konaté, heard him playing on a recording a local had made. Famoudou then invited Nansady to the capital city of Conakry to perform with his ensemble, while teaching visiting students from the United States, Europe, Japan and elsewhere. In 2002 and 2004, Nansady performed as second soloist with Famoudou's group "Hamana Foli Kan" on concert tours of Europe and Japan. Nansady appears as a soloist, accompanist and dunun-fola on five of Famoudou Konaté's CDs, all of which have received global acclaim.

Nansady's tremendous knowledge of Malinké rhythms, clarity of tone and dynamic musicianship have solidified his position as one of the next great djembe-folas to emerge from West Africa. In recent years, he has completed his own workshop and performance tours of North America, Europe, Scandanavia and Japan. Nansady is a skilled and patient teacher with an engaging sense of humor and warm, abundant laughter that immediately put both experienced and novice students at ease.

In 2006, the Music Worldwide Inter-cultural Music Consultancy invited Nansady to the UK, where he now lives and works, returning to Guinea each winter. He is a regular performer at major world-music events in Great Britain, including WOMAD, Drum Camp, The Tribe of Doris Intercultural Summer School and The African Drum Village Festival in Scotland and played on the motion-picture soundtrack for Warner Bros. "Blood Diamond." Nansady was also the subject of a documentary film on black and minority ethnic (BME) individuals in the UK entitled "That's Why I Love It." He has released two CDs, Farafina Sangbaralla (2010) and Hamana Kalu (2008).

From Hand to Hand
The Wassa Kunba! teaching system involves an intensive 4 hours of instruction per day and ensures that you will leave with everything you will need to study and perform a complete Malinké rhythm.

You'll learn the basic rhythms on the three dununs and the djembe accompaniment parts. You will also learn echauffements (the patterns that heat up the song), djembe solo techniques, introductions and breaks, dunun variations and even songs that accompany the rhythms in the village. You'll learn the origins of each rhythm, receive expert instruction on all instruments in the traditional Malinké djembe orchestra and deepen your understanding of the place of music, dance and song in West African life. Nansady is able to work simultaneously with students of all levels - beginner to professional. Absolutely everyone is welcome! Finally, each workshop includes a set-aside time during which all of the drum parts are played so that students can have a clean recording of the material.

Wassa Kunba! – "Great Joy!"
Through these amazing workshops, Nansady Keita will share with everyone the great joy of traditional Malinké hand drumming from Guinea, West Africa. Fode Camara will be joining the tour as the Sangbanfola. Improve your skills and experience Wassa Kunba! with these musicians.

Many people travel to Guinea but few go beyond the city of Conkary to study in the villages where the drummers are like a hidden treasure. This will be a unique opportunity to experience the rich artistic culture of village life in Guinea without traveling a great distance. You will hear the inspiring call of the djembe and learn the beautiful songs of the village djelli (oral historians). You'll feel the powerful melodies of the dunun bass drums.

Come be a part of a joyful environment where we come together as a small village and enjoy the uplifting beauty of the Malinké ensemble. Whatever your background or experience level, take this unique opportunity to study this amazing music.

Best Wishes,

Helen Bond

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