Famoudou Konate, African Djembe Drumming Master from Malinke Tradition of Guinea, West Africa

Thank you to all who supported the Famoudou Konaté workshops from 2000 through 2004. Highlights from all 4 North American tours are coming soon.

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FK2K: Famoudou Konaté performing in Portland.

Famoudou Konaté Career Chronology

1940
Born in Sangbarala (near Kouroussa) in Guinea, French West Africa; early music education with Kekoroni Konaté; study of many traditional rhythms of the Malinké people; performances as a drummer in early childhood

1954
Reached the rank of "Djembefola" (djembe soloist) in various ensembles

1959
Les Ballets Africains founded by Sekou Touré; Konaté First Soloist until 1985
1959-1980
Numerous World Tours with
Les Ballets Africains

1967
Les Ballets Africains' historic performance in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York City, on the anniversary of the UN's adoption of the Human Rights Declaration
1968
UN performance released on film as "Africa Dances,"
an episode of the UN TV series "International Zone"

1987-present
Workshops in Conakry, Guinea and Europe; 3-5 months annually in France, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria. Concerts with European musicians. Workshops for African and European musicians in Conakry

1991
CD
"Rhythmen Der Malinké"
released by the Museum Collection Berlin, Dept. of Ethnomusicology in the Ethnological Museum of Berlin; Awarded the German Prize of Record Reviewers

Special appearance in the Mamady Keďta film "Djembefola," produced by National Geographic Society France

1993
European Concert Tour with his own group "Hamana Diara"; concert in Stuttgart broadcast on German radio; concert in Paris broadcast by several stations

1994-1998
Workshops at the Academy of Arts in Berlin; Workshops in the Gambia, West Africa for jazz musicians and educators from the Academy of Arts/Berlin

1996
Awarded an Honorary Degree/Professorship in the field of "African Musical Education and Practice" by the Academy of Arts in Berlin. The first African musician to achieve the rank of professor at a German Institute of higher education

Japanese Concert Tour with Mamady Keďta

1997
CD & Book:
"Lieder Und Rhythmen Aus Guinée"
featuring 1996 recordings from Conakry. Book and CD designed for use in schools

1998
First Buda Musique CD:
"Guinée: Percussions Et Chants Malinké"
recorded with his ensemble, Hamana Dan Ba

1998-present
Workshops for non-African students in Sangbarala, Upper Guinea, his place of birth

2000
FK2K: First annual U.S. workshop tour in July 2000, with Mini-Camp workshops in Chicago and Portland, Maine

2001
Second Buda Musique CD: "Hamana Föli Kan,"
recorded in Conakry, Guinea in 2000

FK2K1: Second annual North American workshop tour, with Mini-Camp workshops in Chicago and Toronto

2002
European Concert Tour with his ensemble, Hamana Föli Kan

2003
Third Buda Musique CD:
"Guinée: Percussions Et Chants Malinké Volume 2,"
from same sessions, with same musicians, as Volume 1

FK2K3: Third annual North American Workshop Tour, with Mini-Camp workshops in Chicago, Toronto, Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon

Coming in 2004:
FK2K4: Fourth annual North American Workshop Tour

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Jim Banks,
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