Workshop Description

Bolokada Condé will teach djembe and dunun parts,
cultural history, song lyrics and solo djembé phrases.
A complete multi-part Malinke Rhythm will be taught at each class.

Bolokada's Biography
Bolokada Conde is true Master Djembefola (master drummer), an expert in Malinké Rhythms.

Bolokada was a young musical prodigy who became a sensation in the Sankaran region of Guinea, West Africa. As a master folklorist, he became the premier djembe player in the major village celebrations in the region for many years.

Bolokada joined the world famous Les Percussion du Guinee as their lead drummer. He traveled and performed in major venues all over the world since 1996.

Since 2004, he has been performing and teaching in the United States. He is the musical director and lead soloist of Ballet Waraba in North Carolina, Ballet Wassa-Wassa in Santa Cruz, California and Les Percussion Malinke in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has conducted percussion workshop all over the US and Europe.

He has released four musical cd's: Morowaya, Sankaran, Djiraworo, and Famille Dundunba. He is the subject of a documentary "Bolokada Conde - Malinke Village Djembefola.”

He is an Artist Associate at the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having previously been a visiting lecturer from 2008 to 2011.

Mamady Keita, the best known djembe player in the world, calls Bolokada “A brilliant and entertaining performer, a patient and precise teacher, and is one of the few masters of his instrument. Few others are able to captivate his audience as he does, and even fewer are able to clearly and concisely teach this music."
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