Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Spirit of the Drum: West African Drums & Dance January 20 in Toronto

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The Spirit of the Drum
Mohamed Diaby & Manding Foli Kan Don
9:30pm Friday, January 20, 2012
Waterfall Indian Tapas Bar & Grill Inc.
303 Augusta Avenue (Kensington Market) - Toronto

TORONTO - 
Enjoy an intimate evening of West African drums and dance with Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don. Come out and enjoy the sounds of Guinea.

Mohamed Diaby began playing the djembe at age seven, under the supervision of his elder brother Moustapha. By fifteen, Mohamed joined Africa Djole, led by Fode Yulla. Mohamed later joined Les Merveilles de Guinea as lead drummer, touring all over West Africa, including Sierra Leone. Kemoko Sano, Artistic Director of the world famous troupe Les Ballet Africains, requested Mohamed to join his troupe. In April of 1995 Mohamed arrived in America to play at New York City's Symphony Space. Today, Mohamed is basedin Toronto and travels around the world teaching and performing.

He brings decades of experience to his role as Artistic Director of Manding Foli Kan Don, a Toronto-based group that perform music from the Manding area. The name Manding Foli Kan Don means to play, sing and dance the music of the Manding people.

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