Thione Diop Powerfully Expressive Djembe Drumming


Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00AM

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The Forum1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)

Seattle, Washington 98101

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Doors at 10:30AM.

Our Saturday Family Concert series continues with a performance by the legendary percussionist Thione Diop. His powerfully expressive Djembe drumming evokes the heart of the instrument as a traditional cultural icon from West Africa used to call the people together. Now he comes to Town Hall’s stage to gather us with our friends and family for an immersive experience in African music, dance, and culture.

Hailing from Senegal, West Africa, Thione Diop is descended from an ancestral line of Griot drummers and is a master of the djembe, sabar, tama, and djun djun. Thione is responsible for the annual Spirit of West Africa Festival and Kasumai Africa events, and has shared the stage with such noteworthy musicians as Poncho Sanchez, Lee Oskar, Alpha Blondy, Prince Diabate, and Max Romeo.

Cheikh Lô and Thione Diop

Friday, January 17, 2020, 7:30PM

The Great Hall

1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)

Seattle, WA 98101

Doors at 6:30PM.

Instruments like the sabar and the djembe occupy a place of critical importance in Senegalese musical culture—and Senegalese musicians like Cheikh Lô and Thione Diop embody the spirit of African music that’s alive and well today. These two icons of rhythm take Town Hall’s stage for back-to-back performances as part of our Global Rhythms 2019-20 season.

Cheikh Lô’s signature style is unmistakable. An extremely slender frame enveloped by dreadlocks that mark out his membership of the Muslim sect Baye Fall—plus pop-art sneakers, embroidered tunics, Ray Bans glued to a craggy face, and a wide-braided leather necklace offering protection from the evil eye. This swagger carries over into his music; Cheikh Lô is a child of this Africa—an enthusiastic, Sahelian creative. He has performed in styles from Afrobeat to Jazz, from Cuban rhythms to custom Creole-style dance pieces. His most recent album Balbalou offers an array of mbalax grooves, complete with the explosive drumlines and expressive vocals that characterize his music.

Joining Lô in concert is Thione Diop, who is widely recognized for his powerfully expressive djembe performances. He is descended from an ancestral line of Griot drummers in Senegal, West Africa, and is a master of the djembe, sabar, tama, and djun djun. Based in Seattle as a teacher and performer, Diop and his group, Yeke Yeke, offer Pacific Northwest audiences a chance to enjoy immersive experiences in African music, dance, and culture. Pull up a seat to experience the driving energy of two performances by Senegalese masters of rhythm.

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June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21

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Saturday, June 29th, 2019


The Spirit of Africa Festival is a FREE celebration of the music, dance, and culture of Africa. We will bring high quality musicians, dancers, and other artists to the festival to showcase the richness, diversity, and joyfulness of African music and dance and to educate the community about African culture and the importance of music and dance in Africa – both today and throughout history. The Spirit Of Africa Festival is a day long event that will take place @ the Seattle Center Armory.

This project brings out of town artists to perform individually and also together with local African artists. The project will showcase the amazing talents of the out of town guests such as Yancouba Diebate, master Kora player from Senegal, Massamba Diop (featured on Black Panther movie sound track) but also celebrate the excellent talent from the Seattle area. Together this group will represent the music, dance and culture from many different West African countries.


Noon / 1:00 West African Dance Workshop with Awal & Sheimawu (Ghana)
1:00 / 2:30 African Drum Workshop with Manimu Camara from Guinea (2nd floor)
1:00 / 1:30 Intermission – Chairs & Stage Setup
1:30 / 2:00 Zambuko Marimba Band (Zimbabwe)
2:10 / 2:40 Yao Amponsah, Master of the Ashanti percussion (Ghana)
2:45 / 3:15 Afro-Fusion Dance Connect
3:25 / 4:10 Boka Kouyate & Djeliya Band (Guinea)
4:20 / 5:05 Massamba Diop (Senegalese Sabar Drumming)
5:15 / 5:45 African Fashion Show by Zeinab & “Seattle Fashion Week”
5:55 / 6:25 Diery & Diona (International Soul from Senegal & Seattle)
6:35 / 7:20 Yancouba Diebate & Wato Sita (Master of Kora from Casamance, Senegal)

7:25 / 7:55 AFRO Hip-Hop with Yirim Seck
8:00 / 8:30 Providence Kamana & the Africa Boys (Music from the Congo)

By “La Teranga”, a local Senegalese restaurant located in Columbia City, Seattle.

There will be authentic African goods, including handmade African items both traditional and modern with a variety of accessories…


*African Films (@ the 2nd Floor)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (Each shift is 2 hours):
Welcoming Guests
Hand out flyers and programs
Stage Assistant
Info Booth Attendants
Green Room Attendants
Help with Musicians Load\Unload
Festival Close/Clean Up

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