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..
Born 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).
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 –
Venue – The Lab, Foley St.
Time: 1 – 4pm
Cost 30e on the day – 25e in advance before 15th May.
Please contact Paul – firstname.lastname@example.org
DETAILS ON CONCERTS TO FOLLOW