Sidiki Dembélé (Ivory Coast) – Workshop & Concert Weekender 29th – 31st May

We are delighted to welcome renowned Djembe, Kamele n’goni and n’goni player Sidiki Dembélé to Ireland for the very first time.  Over the weekend he will be giving adult drumming workshops, teaching traditional griot singing, and performing drumming concerts and a special concert of West African music with members of Dublin based group Manden Express. DETAILS COMING SOON..

11026316_1281982008567190_632768951017129276_oBorn in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Cote d’Ivoire, Sidiki is the second son of a Griot family. The Griot tradition is one which has spanned centuries of civilisation in West Africa, and has been passed down through the generations, carrying with it an ancient culture of story-telling, communication and celebration. In West African culture, the Griot family has traditionally been responsible for carrying news, folklore and diplomacy between villages, nomadic tribes, kings and warriors, using dance, music and song. Historically, the power of performance in this most ancient of civilisations has been echoed throughout the nations of the world; and perhaps the most evocative and emotive instrument in routing enemies, communicating with allies and rousing nations to unity is the drum. Raised in a family whose generations have been steeped and driven by these traditions, from the age of fourteen Sidiki has played percussion instruments professionally and in particular the Djembe drum of West Africa, to herald and celebrate significant events in the life of his community in Abidjan. He has taught adults and children to play and shared his passion for music with them, his enthusiasm and dedication an intoxicating source of inspiration to those who meet him and who see him perform.

In 2007 Sidiki was the solo percussionist picked at a national level audition, from a sixty strong cohort of hopeful djembefolas from all over Cote d’Ivoire, who played their hearts out for a chance to play with some of the most talented performers from all over the continent in the concept circus show, Afrika!Afrika! Sidiki caught the eye of Georges Momboye, the celebrated lead choreographer, who called Sidiki the next day to invite him to start work in Germany. Between 2007 and 2009 Sidiki toured mainland Europe, principally as the percussion lead musician of the orchestra with Afrika!Afrika!, but also for periods of time with Drumcafé, a London based company. The Director of the company in the UK, Brett Schlesinger, describes Sidiki as “One of the strongest soloists and most respected lead drummers in the UK at the moment”.

Sidiki’s performances have included guest appearances at a number of national festivals, including WOMAD (2010 and 2012) and The Beatherder, African Beats Camp, Drumcamp and African Drum Village in Isla, Scotland. He is the lead percussionist for Wales based company, Ballet Nimba, with whom he tours throughout the UK and internationally, and he has recently returned from an appearance at the first African Music Festival, staged in the Carribean Island of Monserrat, with celebrated band, Jalikunda.

Meanwhile, the Abidjan cohort of Denifari, founded by Sidiki at the tender age of sixteen, as a means of offering an alternative lifestyle to the impoverished youth of his community, continues to go from strength to strength. They are now recognised all over Cote d’Ivoire as a leading, performance based company, with drummers, balafonists, Ngoni players, singers and dancers who provide a wide range of entertainments throughout the country, enjoying widespread acclaim as a group of talented artistes trained and developed by Sidiki himself.

SATURDAY 30TH MAY – AFRICAN DRUMMING – DJEMBE/DUNUN/SONG (OPEN LEVEL).
Venue: TBC
Time: 1 – 4pm
Cost: 30e on the day – 25e in advance before 15th May.
(Drums can be provided on request)

SUNDAY 31ST MAY – AFRICAN DRUMMING –
DJEMBE/DUNUN/SONG (INTERMEDIATE/PERCUSSIONISTS)
Venue – The Lab, Foley St.
Time: 1 – 4pm
Cost 30e on the day – 25e in advance before 15th May.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL:
Please contact Paul – paul@afroeire.com
0860856498

DETAILS ON CONCERTS TO FOLLOW

Manden Express CD launch.. With Special Guests. Saturday 4th April, The Sugar Club, Dublin.

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Manden Express Mali music Ireland

Manden Express and the Souljazz Orchestra

It’s been a great voyage for Manden Express so far since their first concert in Body & Soul festival in 2013. Since those raw Afro-Rock performances of the early days Manden Express have expanded their ranks welcoming other talented musicians into fold, bringing their expertise in diverse musical genres from Jazz to Flamenco, leading Down With Jazz festival to write:

‘If Ireland has become a melting pot, Manden Express might be the band to provide its        soundtrack’.

In their first EP Manden Express blend original compositions with great West African standards such Faso Denou (Burkina Faso) and Djina Musso (Mali).

Manden Express are delighted to welcome you and many special guests to this exciting evening of some of the best of West African in Dublin.

Dublin Afrobeat EnsembleDublin Afrobeat Ensemble

Ajo Arkestra (Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble) are a 14 strong outer-national group of Afrobeat exponents from the four corners of the world. They are a musical crossroads made up of musicians that have washed up on our shores and share an ancestral understanding of the Underground Spiritual Game playing a blend of free flow Afrobeat rhythm and heavy dance-floor Afro funk. The band was founded in 2012, when a group of Afro-beat enthusiast started meeting up regularly at down-town jam sessions. They began making plans to form a new collective that would combine their various musical interests with their particular world view.

Dj Lex Woo

Dj Lex Woo is perhaps Dublins best loved Dj spinning African Beats in many of the capitals top venues and collaborating with homegrown and visiting greats including the great Tony Allen of Fela Kuti fame. He has also brought his talents across the dance floors of Europe and as far afield as New York.

 

14-640x440Mark Murphy aka DJ Scope is based in Dublin, Ireland. He has worked with artists like Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Edan, Poets of Rhythm, Q-Tip, and many more , check choicecuts.com for more info.

Musically expect to hear slow to fast, old to new and exclusives and obscurities when Murphy is in the mix. Known for his diverse range and journeyman style of Djing,

Mandingue DrummersManden Express are delighted to invite a host of Mandingue Drummers specialising in the Djembe and Dunun drumming of West Africa. African music in Ireland owes a lot to the drummers and dancers who have brought us the blistering energy of the West African village.

 

 

TICKETS

ONLINE TICKETS –

10e for first 50 tickets – Including CD download.

14e for first 50 tickets – including Cd download + CD hard copy on the night.

12.50e at the door/16.50e including CD.

 

 

West African Drumming – Sat 28th March – Applerock Studios, Dublin

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Rhythm is highly important to life in rural Africa, it breaks up the mundane tasks of the day such as pounding grain and turns it into a rhythmic adventure. All stages of life are accompanied by drumming in certain areas of West Africa. Births, , coming of age, planting, harvesting, marriage…. All have their specific rhythms.

This is an extended workshop open to all levels focusing on the Djembe and Dunun drums of West Africa. Rhythms from Mali and Guinea. Taught by Paul McElhatton who has been studying African percussion for 15 years in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and In the Ghanaian drum and Dance Ensemble in SOAS, University of London.

He has toured as Far afield as Mexico and Egypt . He is the founder of the group Manden Express where he plays Malian hunter harp.

Time: 2.30 – 5pm

Location: Applerock Studios, 21 Foley St, Dublin 1.

Cost: 20euro – 15euro advanced payement

For more info see

www.facebook.com/afroeire

www.meetup.com/african-drumming-dublin/

Kamele n’goni making workshop 14th March 2015

For the first time in Ireland we will be conducting a kamele n’goni making workshop.  This is rare opportunity to learn about the instrument and its construction.  Making an instrument is also a traditional course of development for kamele n’goni, donso n’goni and Kora players in Africa.

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This workshop will focus on the construction of 8 and 10 string Kamele n’goni.  The workshop will involve shaping the calabash, skining the calabash, decorating, and placing bridge supports.

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Kamele n’goni kamale n’goni

Secondly we will be creating a hardwood neck and bridge for the n’goni.

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Finally, we will attach the to the components and to make the finished product.

Kamele n'goni Ireland

Kamele n’goni Ireland

The workshop will be conducted by Paul McElhatton who has been travelling to West Africa for over 15 years to study traditional instruments.  Paul is also the creator and kamele n’goni player in Irelands only Mali music group Manden Express http://www.afroeire.com/mandenexpress/

You can see more about the Kamele n’goni’s here: http://www.afroeire.com/kamele-ngoni-west-african-harp/

And check out some of our online tutorials here: http://www.afroeire.com/kamele-ngoni-lessons/

All materials are included in this workshop, including:

A good quality calabash.

A high quality goat skin

A hardwood neck

Hardwood for the bridge

Tacks

Playing cords

Supports

Metal tuners (Max 10)

Cost of workshop including all material 210 euro.

Date: 14th March  – Venue: TBC (Dublin area).

Advance booking with deposit essential in order to get materials – please contact paul@afroeire.com

 

Quantic Dj with Manden Express, The Sugar Club, Dublin,. December 28th.

 

Quantic Dj and Manden Express, 28th December, Sugar Club, Dublin

Quantic Dj and Manden Express, 28th December, Sugar Club, Dublin

Early Birds sold out, €12.50 per tickets ex booking fee €15 on the door

Quantic DJ Set
Manden Express
Brian Cross aka B+
James Keating
& more tba on the night….Doors 9pm

Quantic, aka Will Holland is a British born Musician, Producer & DJ making Soul, Electronic & Latin Music saturated in the tropical soundwaves of the Carribean. Currently working from his Sonido del Valle studio base in the highlands of Bogota, Colombia, Holland has developed a sound that bridges heritage and progression, marrying spontaneous musicianship with deep, exciting tonality.

Manden Express are Ireland’s one and only group focusing on Malian Music and music form the Mande Empire. Since their debut in 2013 they have built a strong following with appearances in festivals such as Bray Jazz Festival, Down with Jazz and Hotter than July. They bring together an international line up of talented musicians with a wide variety in their repertoire.

 

 

Habib Koité (Mali). Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – The National Concert Hall, Dublin.

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March sees the return of legendary Malian guitarist Habib Koité to the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Koité was last in Ireland in 2009 with his group Badama.  Then he gave an intimate workshop for musicians sharing his extensive knowledge of both European classical and traditional Malian music. This was followed by a blistering performance which saw the NCH’s ushers quickly surrender their no dancing in the aisles policy.

Since then there have been changes to the group, most notably the retirement in 2009 and the death in 2012 at the age of 81 of ones of Mali’s greatest virtuosos, the Balafonist Keletigui Diabate. Diabate, a founding member of l’Orchestre National de Mali also toured and recorded with artists such as Toumani Diabate and Salif Keita to name a few.

The new five piece section sees introduction of instruments such as the Banjo and Keyboards to the group. Having seen Koité performing several times in both Europe I look forward to his latest offerings.

Habib Koité • Guitar, Lead Vocals

Issa Koné • Guitar, Banjo, Backing Vocals

Abdoul Wahab Berthé • Bass, Kamale Ngoni

Charly Coulibaly • Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Mama Koné • Percussion, Backing Vocals

Tickets €34, €30, €24, €16 (choir balcony)

Organised by Waltons World Masters Series

http://www.newschool.ie/Waltons_World_Masters_presents_Habib_Koite/Default.4109.html

Tickets Available from the National Concert Hall

https://nch.ie/Online/Habib-Koite-03Mar15

 

Fela Day 2014 – Thursday 16th October – The Button Factory, Dublin

Manden Express

Manden Express

October…
a series of concerts and festivals dedicated to spreading the Afrobeat genre and celebrate the birthday of Fela Kuti, creator of the Afrobeat happens in different cities across the world, is a magical meet called Felabration or Fela Day. A day to remember that the message of unity among peoples and celebration of life through the music and celebrate the Fela´s legacy.

Building a tradition in Ireland, this year we gonna make the third Felabration in Dublin, and this time we catch the great venue Button Factory in the heart of Dublin honouring Fela Kuti’s 75th birthday in an amazing style with live set of Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble and Mandem Express more the specials Dj Set of iZem, Mukambo and Scope all great knowledgeable of roots and modern afrobeat tunes.

Activating the consciousness of lovers of the good sounds that the music is fun but also a powerful weapon of awareness of people about the often cruel reality that the world is. Also, helping to change the world for better with positives and powerfull Afrobeat vibrations. MUSIC IS THE WEAPON!

Line Up!!!!

LIVE ACTS:

DUBLIN AFROBEAT ENSEMBLE

MANDEN EXPRESS

DJ´S:

iZem (DUBLIN TROPICAL / GROOVALIZACION – FRANCE)

MUKAMBO (GROOVALICIOUS – BELGIUM)

DJ SCOPE (MARK MURPHY / CHOICE CUTS – IRELAND) Continue reading

African Village Drumming – Weekly Wednesday Classes

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Rhythm is highly important to life in rural Africa, it breaks up the mundane tasks of the day such as pounding grain and turns it into a rhythmic adventure. All stages of life are accompanied by drumming in certain areas of West Africa. Births, , coming of age, planting, harvesting, marriage…. All have their specific rhythms.

These workshops will explore some of key styles and rhythms of Malian drumming. Mali style has laid back grooves that can explode into high energy dances at a moments notice.

Starting Wednesday 8th October. 7.30-9.30pm

Harvest Moon Centre

24 Baggot Street Lower

Dublin 2

Rhythms include:
Madan (djagbe) – Traditionally played to celebrate the end of Ramadan this rhythm is now popular at all celebrations.
Marakadon (The dance of the Maraka people) – Traditionally played by the Bambara people to welcome guests from Soninke (Maraka in Bambara).
Sunun – Popular at festivities the song praises the ‘Sunu Tigi’ or festival organiser.

Drums can be provided, but please bring your own if you have one.

Cost – 70euro for 6 weeks – 14euro drop in.

About the teacher:
Paul has been studying African percussion for 15 years in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and In the Ghanaian drum and Dance Ensemble in SOAS, University of London.

He has toured as Far afield as Mexico and Egypt . He is the founder of the group Manden Express where he plays Malian hunter harp, he is the lead drummer for Ghanaian dancer Godfred Asares’ African Dance Centre and regularly plays lead for Catherine Young African dance classes in Dance Ireland.

Bluefire Streetfest – Saturday 20th September 2014

Expanding the culture night over the weekend sees a great day of entertainment next Saturday in Dublin. It also features a great presence of the City’s African music scene. Bands include Mali/International group Manden Express, 14 piece Afrobeat group The Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble, Afro/Irish group Tig Linn and Ugandan Singer Justine Nantale. Performances on the day also from Ghanaian dancer Godfred Asare accompanied by the Afro-Eire percussion group.

Manden Express

Manden Express