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
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 http://bilakakora.calabashmusic.com.
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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 (www.ms.lt
) and Globalvillages/GIVE (Globally
Integrated Village Environment) in
Austria ( http://members.inode.at/give
), 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 (www.onevillagefoundation.org)
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
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