West African Ceremonial Music


21 Apr 2018, 7:45 PM - 8:15 PM


World Music


Drums hold a special place in the culture and history of Africa. Used for a variety of occasions, from sounding the call of war, to conveying joy, play, community and death, even reaching out to the spirit world, drumming is as much a spiritual practice as it is integral to the social and cultural fabric of the African way of life. In much of Africa, drums can also symbolise royalty and offer protection.

This presentation showcases the percussive and melodious elements of West African mandingue music through the djembe (a wooden drum with goat skin) and kora (a traditional African string instrument).

About Djembe Singapore Club

Djembe Singapore Club is a community of aficionados who meet up regularly to learn West African djembe drumming. Weekly classes have been running since 2005 with occasional workshops which feature guest artists. Classes and performance repertoire include traditional drumming songs from the highlands and the forest regions of West Africa.

About Fanka Fellas

Fanka Fellas are a group of djembe percussionists who studied traditional drumming extensively and are responsible for influencing the djembe movement in most parts of Asia.

About N’Faly Kouyate

Known as the “Jimi Hendrix” of Kora, N’Faly Kouyaté is a multi-talented artist who comes from a deeply traditional background. As the son of the famous “Konkoba” Kabinet Kouyaté from Guinea, he was brought up as a griot (a West African historian, storyteller, worship singer, poet and/or musician), an ambassador of the Mandingo culture. A griot (which in the Mandinka language translates to “blood of the society”) is considered to be a living library, a history teller, counsellor to the king and the population. The Grammy-nominated musician, N’Faly was also named Ambassador of the Intercultural Dialogue and winner of the Guinée Music Award in Belgium in 2012.

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