Date(s) - 05/05/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mohamed Lamine Bangoura: Lamine is from Guinea, West Africa where he first learned to play music from such teachers as Lansana Djelaiba, creator of Ballet Kaloum Lolee. While Lamine is a descendent of Sousou and Malinke ancestors, he spent much of his life traveling throughout Western Africa, to study music and enrich his understanding of the many cultures and ethnicities of his continent. Unity has thus become the marker of his artistic style, influenced by the diverse number of artists and teachers whom he’s worked with. In Guinea, Lamine was contracted with Air France and Novotel as a music teacher and performer for several years. He was musical director and assistant choreographer for Ballet Wassasso, under the direction of former member of Ballet Africains de Guinea, Sorel Conte. Lamine created the Association of Young Artists and Musicians of Guinea (Association des Jeunes Artists et Musicians de Guinea), and in 2002 he produced a one day cultural arts festival in Conakry celebrating the legacy and history of the first Ballets Africains de Guinea who paved the way for Guinean artists today. Lamine was lead percussionist for multiple ballets in Senegal and Gambia as well as Guinea, and has traveled to Sierra Leon and the Ivory Coast to perform in cultural art exhibitions. Since arriving in the United States, Lamine has performed with Bu Falle Dance and Drum for the United Nations in San Francisco, the African Advocacy Network, Carnival 2011, and the Motet of Boulder, CO. In addition to performing, Lamine teaches music in schools around the Bay Area, and works with community centers such as Portola Family Connections.
“Wontanara, wu mu Fatama,” through human connectedness we exist as whole.
– Mohamed Lamine Bangoura
The dundun is the foundation of the rhythm and is originally from Mali, West Africa. The dundun is a cylinder usually made from the wood of the Dumbe tree. Both ends of the drum are covered with cow skin. Ropes are used to fasten the skins to the body of the drum. Dunduns come in different sizes and produce different tones based on its size. The dundun is usually played with sticks. A bell can also be attached to drum so the player can combine the sound of the dunduns and the bell while playing a rhythm. The dundun is an older instrument than the Djembe.
Dundun Dance Class is a fun, energetic drum and dance style traditionally practiced by women. Dunduns are cylindrical bass drums played with sticks. This dance and drum class is unique in that participants have the opportunity to dance while playing the rhythm.
This class is a unique opportunity to learn ancient drumming dances that originated from the Baga women of Guinea, West Africa. Baga has been interpreted by many foreigners as a very secretive culture, and the meaning of Baga was the highest of the secrets taught in the sacred bush. The connection between the meaning of “Baga” and initiation, and initiation was a process in which people ate molom, the word normally translated as “secrets”. The eating of molom (kidi molom), as “initiation” is referred to in Baga Sitem, is conceived of more as a process of bodily experiences and transformation than as a process of intellectual learning.
In Guinea culture music and the arts are a tool for proudly sharing culture, reclaiming your identity in liberty, and is deeply rooted in ritual practices of initiation – a process of bodily experiences and transformation than as a process of intellectual learning. Drums offer the medicine of connecting to your own personal strength and power.