Friday, February 6, 2015



West African Drum Workshop with Lansana Kouyate
Fri, Feb 6 at 6:45 pm and Sat, Feb 7 at 3:45 pm. $15 
Private sessions on Saturday Feb 7  by appt. $30 per hour
Call 916-205-3970 to schedule

Lansana is a native of the village of Boke in the coastal region of Guinea.  He belongs to the lineage of Bala Fasseke Kouyate, the famous Griot of Soundjata Keita, king of the Mandingos.  He is best known for his mastery of bala and he is also a powerful dunun and djembe master.  He began learning at the age of two at home with his Griot family, being trained principally by his grandfather.  He grew up steeped in the tradition of bala, emphasizing the importance of caring for the instrument and playing it with talent.  With his family, he has played music for traditional ceremonies and for celebrations.     He has performed throughout the United States and Europe and toured extensively teaching his Malinke rhythms through the balaphone, djembe and dununs.

Black History Month Events

Wed, Feb 4 - 3:30 pm Fairfield Civic Center Branch Library - "From Africa to the Americas"
Fri, Feb 13 - 9:00 am; 10:00 am - Elder Creek Elementary School - "From Africa to the Americas"
Fri, Feb 13 - 4:00 pm - Del Paso Heights Library "Fenix celebrates Chinese New Year"
Sat, Feb 14 - 3:00 pm - North Sacramento Library - "African Princess party"
Tue, Feb 17 - 4:00 pm - Esparto Library, Esparto - "From Africa to the Americas"
Wed, Feb 18 - 4:00 pm - Walnut Grove Library,  Walnut Grove - "From Africa to the Americas"
Thu, Feb 19 - 6:00 pm - University of the Pacific, Stockton
Fri, Feb 20 - 3:30 pm -  Mc Kinley Library, Sacramento - "Drum and Dance for Joy"
Sat,  Feb 28 - 11:00 am - Readiness Fair, Serna Center,  5735 47th Ave, Sacramento