Bamidele Dancers & Drummers
Wongai! Rhythms of West Africa, Brazil & the Caribbean
Discover celebratory West African dances and their adaptations in Brazilian and Caribbean cultures, set to the rhythms of African drumming in an interactive performance that is guaranteed to bring all ages to their feet. This program features 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
In addition to African dance performances, the Bamidele Dancers & Drummers offer 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
We loved the Bamidele Drummers and Dancers. It was informative and great fun for faculty and students. EVERYONE gave it a 100% hands up! Thank you for the quality of the Young Audiences performances. The program enhanced our curriculum and gave our students an awareness that Black History is global. The music and dance engaged our youngest to our oldest participants. I would highly recommend this performance to other schools and academies. – Principal, Saint John Paul II Academy, Boston, MA
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. For programs more than 60 miles from Shutesbury, MA, a start time of 9:30 or later is preferred. Have questions or ready to schedule? Click the “Scheduling Inquiry” button below.