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BURKINA FASO: Djonjo, Djembe, and "Unity Drum"

On March 24th starting at 9:30pm, the Association Neekre of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, will present an event entitled "Gala Humanitaire en Faveur des Enfants et Famille Vulnerable". Bil Aka Kora will be performing djongo music, a name that comes from the kassena rhythms of southern Burkina Faso, where Bil was born in 1971 and spent his childhood. The Kassena are a
people who live in Burkina Faso and northern Uganda, and the term "Djongo" means "dances of the force", this expression denoting the raising of great clouds of dust when the music is performed on the bare earth, as is traditional. Bil Aka Kora builds his compositions around this dance and its rhythms, inviting the audience to participate in it with him. More on Bil, including samples and purchase of his CD, "Ambolou", can be found at
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On March 19th in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, "Drumming in One World Beat" will take place locally with an event entitled "Unity Drum", also the name of a series of one-hour drumming events organized by the oneVillage Foundation, a sustainable-development nonprofit located in the USA, with branches in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. Founder Joy Tang has brought together an incredible line-up of drummers--who will play in the USA, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Taiwan--and OVF partner groups such as Minciu Sodas Laboratories in Lithuania ( ) and Globalvillages/GIVE (Globally Integrated Village Environment) in Austria ( ), who will perform in Lithuania, Austria, and New York.

In Bobo Dioulasso, musicians and artists will be celebrating unity in their community by playing traditional West African djembe music and by dancing ( This group, led by Ousmane Diallo, sends their greetings to the world and wishes all a "world of peace". The Kone family of Mali and Burkina Faso will also be honored for carrying the African drumming tradition globally. The Kone children ( are talented in their own right, and master drummer Mamadou Kone hopes to connect us to the root of his culture and the heartbeat of his children with a performance that will also celebrate the fourth birthday of his daughter, Rokia.

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