Explore the heart of all West African musical traditions rooted in the drum’s strong, powerful sounds. Learn to play the many parts of djembe, doundoun, songbas and kenkenes with Vado Diomande, life-long drummer, drum-maker and repairer.
Instructor: Vado Diomande
Vado Diomande was a principal dancer in the Ballet National de Côte d’Ivoire for many years, touring and choreographing. He established his own dance company, Kotchegna Dance Company (KDC) in 1989, relocating in 1994 to New York City. His multi-ethnic dance company draws from the country’s over 60 different ethnic traditions from Ivorian village life. KDC teaches, performs and tours throughout the US. Vado is also a renowned drum teacher and drum maker, sharing the exciting and complex rhythms from the rich culture of Côte d’Ivoire. He teaches dance and drum at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance in Brooklyn, and teaches dance at Alvin Ailey School and Adult Extension classes. Vado is a tireless ambassador for Côte d’Ivoire, teaching dance and drum traditions throughout New York City to children, youth and adults.
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