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West African Percussion (with Amadou Diagne)

Join us for an electrifying West African percussion workshop with Amadou Diagne, a renowned Senegalese musician, multi-instrumentalist and griot.

Amadou will introduce percussive instruments such as the djembe, calabash and tama (talking drum).

He will act as a guide on a journey through the vibrant traditional West African rhythms, percussive techniques and patterns. He will teach songs and basic rhythms in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced musician, this is a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of West African music and culture through its beats and rhythms. Instruments are provided and you are welcome to bring your own along to the workshop.

Amadou Diagne is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has the traditions of West Africa at his fingertips. Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Amadou comes from a long family line of West African Griot percussionists and praise singers. As a young man, Amadou’s obvious musical talent won him a place as a professional full-time member of L’Orchestra National du Senegal.

He performed with some of the top West African stars at festivals, cultural events, concerts and on television. Amadou Diagne is a multi-instrumentalist who excels at guitar, Kora, Djembe, Conga, Tama (talking drum) kit drums and Timbale.

As a guitarist he has developed a unique and intricate style which draws heavily on his skills as a percussionist as well as the guitar traditions of West Africa particularly the Blues styles of Mali. Since moving to England, Amadou has been busy forging his own musical identity as a musician, singer and songwriter. He is inspired by meeting, playing and collaborating with musicians with diverse backgrounds and musical styles. He performs solo and with Touki, Group Yakar and Liz Ikamba.