Workshop Description

Bolokada Condé will teach djembe and dunun parts,
cultural history, song lyrics and solo djembé phrases.
A different multi-part malinké rhythm will be taught at each class.
Each class is a complete lesson.

Bolokada's Biography
Bolokada Conde is a true Master Djembéfola (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 djembé player in the major village celebrations in the region for many years.

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

Since 2004, Bolokada 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 Malinké 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 - Malinké Village Djembéfola.”

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

Bolokada is a brilliant performer and a patient and precise teacher. Few drummers are able to both captivate an audience and clearly and concisely teach Malinké drumming, like Bolokada.
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