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.

FK2K3: Famoudou teaching in Portland, Oregon

FK2K4: Famoudou Konaté North America Mini-Camp Workshop Tour, May 27-June 27, 2004
Djembe & Dundun Drumming From The Malinké-Hamana Of Guinea, West Africa

The Chicago Djembe Project is pleased to announce the final dates and locations for Malinké Master Drummer Famoudou Konaté's fourth year of workshops in North America.

Building on the highly successful workshops in North America from 2000 to 2003, Konaté will lead Mini-Camps in 2004 in Chicago, Boston, Halifax Nova Scotia, Toronto, and Portland Oregon. Each will include 3 to 5 days of intensive 4-hour workshops (one per day) which give dedicated students of the African djembe drum at all levels an immersion in the music of the traditional Malinké djembe orchestra.

The Schedule:

CHICAGO: Thursday-Sunday, May 27-30
4 days of intensive workshops

Sponsored by the Chicago Djembe Project

BOSTON: Wednesday-Sunday, June 2-6
5th day added! 5 days of intensive workshops

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA: Friday-Sunday, June 11-13
3 days of intensive workshops

Sponsored by The GoatWorks African Drums

TORONTO: Friday-Sunday, June 18-20
3 days of intensive workshops

Sponsored by Bolokelen Malinke Percussion

PORTLAND, OREGON: Thursday-Sunday, June 24-27
4 days of intensive workshops

Sponsored by African Rhythm Traders

More details on the workshops will be added in the coming weeks. Check back frequently.

Mini-Camp Workshop Format

FK2K3: Famoudou teaching in Toronto

Complete Biography

About Famoudou Konaté:

Famoudou Konaté is, according to the British World Music Publication "Songlines," "the djembe world's best-kept secret." He is one of only a handful of Initiated Masters of the Malinké Djembe Tradition. Recruited into Guinea's Les Ballets Africains in 1959, he was lead djembe drummer for Les Ballets from 1959 until 1985, performing with astounding virtuosity and creating many of the djembe arrangements now common in ballets and performance groups world-wide.

Among Guinean drummers, he is universally recognized for his unsurpassed knowledge of the djembe repertoire of the Malinké people, the creators of the djembe and its core tradition. Since 1986, he has instilled a generation of European djembe drummers with an extraordinary level of training, while teaching with thoroughness, patience and humor. His pioneering contributions were recognized in 1996 with an Honorary Professorship in African Musical Education and Practice from the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

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