Djembe & Dunun Intensive Workshop with Namory Keita!


Djembe & Dunun Intensive Workshop with Namory Keita!

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Djembe / Dunun Workshop with Namory Keita
3pm - 5pm

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Djembe / Dunun Workshop with Namory Keita
2pm - 4pm

Both Classes - $60 (Save $10! Must pay first day)
Drop in - $35

Raízes do Brazil Capoeira Santa Cruz
207 McPherson St, Santa Cruz, CA (map)


We are again very fortunate to have Namory come through Santa Cruz to share his knowledge and culture!! 

Namory is from the heartland of Mandingue jenbe and dunun drumming in the Kouroussa region of Guinea, West Africa. He's a specialist especially on the dununs!

This will be a slightly different presentation than normal in that Namory will go deep into 2 different families of rhythms.

Saturday will feature the music and songs of the Solisi (ie Soli, soliba, soko etc.) Soli is the circumcision and initiation rite of passage.

Sunday will introduce the music and songs of the Djalaban (ie Landio, Matadio, Djaa, kende, Daba, woima etc). The music of the Djaa family is often played for the female friends and family of a young bride to be married. In mandingue culture, a woman leaves her family to join her new husbands family in their village. This fete serves as one of the last big parties for her friends. 

Audio recording OK!
Video recording - NOT OK!

Please bring your drum throne/stool/chair as on-site seating is limited!

Big thanks to Papiba Godinho for letting us use his beautiful studio once again!

Namory's Bio:

Namory Keita was born in 1982 in the village of Sangbarala, Guinea. At age 7 he began drumming, becoming the lead drummer for his village in 2006.

Members of his family are well-known drummers. His brothers, Solo Keita, living in Japan, and Nansady Keita, in England, grew up drumming with Namory under the tutelage of his uncle, Famoudou Konate, one of the most famous West African drummers in the world.

Namory recorded his first CD in 2010 named Kolafolo meaning the ‘Beginning of Everything’. He is a featured artist on recordings by Solo Keita, Billy Konate and Diarra Konate to name a few.

As an international teacher and performing artist, Namory has been invited to many places to share his culture including Germany, Poland, France, Canada, and Portugal. Since coming to America in 2010, he has played with Famoudou Konate, Mamady Keita, Bolokada Conde, Moussa Traore, Mamady Kourouma and the list goes on.

Namory plays for the world renowned West African dance teacher Youssouf Koumbassa, the Kouraba Festival in Canada, Cirque Zuma Zuma, ILAP, and many other noted musicians and venues throughout New England and the US and abroad.

Namory Keita, Master Drummer, is a sought after teacher and performer with a unique style and a wealth of traditional knowledge very rare to find outside the villages of Guinea. His resources include not only his wonderful ability to engage any audience but also his relationships with dancers and drummers locally and around the world.


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