In 1983 Thomas Sankara at the age of 32 deposed the dictator of Upper Volta, West Africa. One of his first acts was to change the name of the country to Burkina Faso ‘The land of the Upright People’. In the following four years of his rule he attempted to implement some of post-independence Africa’s most radical reform measures, including the emancipation of women, self-sufficiency programs. Sankara shunned the riches of power and continued as a vocal critic of neo-colonialism until his assassination on the 15th October 1987. Continue reading
Article published in Think Africa Press.
The Malian Griot in the Modern Era
As a big fan of Malian music, it is always a pleasure to have an opportunity to meet one of the greats. I have always been humbled by their approachability and the everyday things that they want to talk about, if given the chance. In this sense Bassekou Kouyate was no different. As he lay back in the cupped jazz club style seating of the Sugar Club in Dublin, I greeted him with my one and only Fulani word, ‘Jarama’, to which he replied in a stream of Fula. Continue reading
Afro-Eire have been running workshops in African rhythm and percussion since 2006. Over this time they have delivered workshops to schools, festivals, businesses and community groups.
BASSEKOU KOUYATE & nGONI bA - lIVE IN dUBLIN
The master returns after the launch of a new album. Bassekou Kouyate is a virtuoso master of the ngoni lute from the Mande area of West Africa. The instrument is one of the oldest of African stringed instrument, predating the Kora harp.
Bassekou has been involved in some amazing African music creations in the recent past. He was an integral part of Toumani Diabates AFROCUBISM project which came and rocked the National Concert Hall in the Summer of 2011.
His third Album ‘Jama Ko’ offers to continue his great contribution to African music.
The concert takes place in The Sugar Club, Dublin. Tickets 20/18 euro
See http://www.improvisedmusic.ie/concerts/details/bassekou_kouyate_ngoni_ba1 for more details.
SPECIAL OFFER: BUY 2 TICKETS FOR 30e UNTIL 12TH JULY.
Manden Ensemble – live at Heuston Station
The Manden Ensemble bring the warmth of Africa to Heuston Station with a rise and shine early morning show especially for commuters.
Manden Ensemble will perform @ the Fusion Market at Body and Soul festival.
Saturday 9pm and Sunday 7pm.
Stories of the Mande Empire: Afro-Eire have a long tradition of providing African music workshops and performances for children. At Africa Day Dublin, they will deliver interactive workshops entitled ‘Stories of the Mande Empire’. This interactive workshop brings to life the ancient tales of the Mande Empire as told by its Griots (Bards). The workshop is delivered by Malian story teller and cultural expert Isa Ballo and leading proponent of West African Kamele n’goni harp and African percussion in Ireland Paul McElhatton and percussionist Brian Lynch.
Ideal for kids, these story sessions will bring to life the famed epics through the medium of song, drums, shakers, bells and African harp music. The workshops will take place throughout the day in the Kids’ Zone.
The Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh Main St (Beside LUAS stop), Dublin.
Due to popular demand and after an 18 month absence weekly African drumming workshops are back!!!
These workshops will explore West African percussion music from Guinea, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire, the heartland of djembe music. Every rhythm has its purpose and these workshops will provide the context to the music. From the Kassa harvest rhythms of the Malinke to the Zaouli mask dance of the Gouro people each piece is distinctive in its sound and significance.
Workshops taught by Paul McElhatton who has been playing for over twelve years including over twelve months of learning in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Gambia. Continue reading
When Wednesday, 23 January 2013, 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Where National Concert Hall, Carolan Room
Admission Free, but please RSVP by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Organised by Paul McElhatton, this fascinating panel discussion seeks to expand on the Waltons World Masters – Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars performance by exploring some of the contemporary issues that shape the social and political commentary of their music. The panel brings together a group of journalists, academics, charities and Sierra Leoneans resident in Ireland. Continue reading