Bamidele Dancers & Drummers
Wongai! Rhythms of West Africa, Brazil & the Caribbean
Travel across the globe with the internationally acclaimed Bamidele Dancers & Drummers and experience the celebratory dances, rhythms, folklore, and songs from West Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean. This lively interactive program includes authentic costumes and instruments and can be adapted to include narration on African art, culture, and history.
Target Grades: Pre-K -12
Audience Limit: 250
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Single: $735 Double: $1,176 Triple: $1,544 Quad: $1,838
Travel Fee: $100 per day
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Bamidele Dancers & Drummers offers several hands-on workshops that allow students and teachers to integrate West African, Brazilian and Caribbean culture into their classroom. Options include drumming, dancing, and mask making.
Workshop Length: 45-60 minutes
Participants: 25–50 students (depending upon workshop)
Pricing: $375 per workshop (includes three artists)
Travel Fee: $100
West African & Caribbean Drumming Residency
Sekou Sylla of Guinea, West Africa, teaches students to play percussion music from Guinea and Senegal, and some rhythms from the Carribean. They will learn basic polyrhythmic drumming styles and techniques for playing the main African percussion instruments: the djembe, djun djun, songban, kenkeni, log drum and African-inspired drums from the Caribbean and Brazil. They will also learn the cultural background and traditions associated with the instruments and the role of each drum within associated musical tradition. Students will develop their listening skills and coordination, work together as a group, and gain the confidence that comes with working toward a performance.
$125 per workshop
Travel Fee: $50 per day
Minimum three workshops plus one culminating event.
For all residencies, a one-time planning session fee of $125 will apply.
Bamdiele Dancers & Drummers: Performance Requirements
The Bamidele Dancers & Drummers performed for Nelson Mandela in Boston in June, 1990. In addition, the group has performed with folk singer Pete Seeger, and has appeared in the film Luxor. It has traveled throughout the United States to universities, various festivals, and cultural events and was selected Best World Beat Group of the year in the Pioneer Valley. Bamidele have released two CDs- “Live” and “United” in addition to an African dance instructional video, “Wofa Baron.” Their CD “Live” contains rhythms from their program and other African and African-rooted music.
The whole program was very engaging from beginning to end and beyond—all the students and teachers were moving! -Arts Coordinator, Pingree School
Thank you so much for sharing your joy and love of music and dance with all my students…They loved it because of your enthusiasm. I loved it because you brought to life the music we had been studying.-Music Specialist, Page School
I think it was an amazing experience. I loved how the cultures were merged.
-5th grade student, Page School
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. 10:00 A.M. or later preferred.