Duniya Drum & Dance
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May 2015

9th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project


July 2015

West African Dance Workshop with Sana Bangoura
We are very excited to introduce the newest member to Duniya Drum & Dance! Sana has just moved to the Twin Cities straight from Guinea and has so much to share with us. He is the lead dancer of Ballet Wassaso based in Conakry Guinea and has years of teaching experience. His workshop will focus on the technique and basics of West African Dance. This workshop is open to ALL LEVELS.


May 2015

8th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project May 29th - 31st
Master drummer Fode Bangoura will be hosting his 8th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project!
Guest artists:

Dancers: Youssouf Koumbassa, Mouminatou Camara, Fara Tolno, Nafi Diabate
Drummers: Fode Bangoura, Fara Tolno, Mandjou Mara, Ali Diabate
Balafon: Mohamed Kouyate


December 2014

Woman's Doun Workshop with Nafi Diabate

Woman's Doun brings both Guinea drum and dance together into one piece of choreography. Traditionally called "Woman's Doun" as it gave the ladies a chance to get on the drums, Men are welcome to take this class as well. Nafi will break down rhythms on the doun then add movement and dance incorporating the drum. Nafi Diabate hails from Guinea, Conakry. Dancing since she was 5 years old she has studied with some of the best dancers in Guinea. Nafi was a premier dancer in Ballet Fonike under the direction of Alseny Bangoura before moving to the U.S. as a member of Nimbaya an all female drum and dance company from Guinea West Africa.


November 2014

Congolese Drum & Dance Workshop w/ Teber Milandou.


Teber Milandou Sita was born and raised in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). He began playing drums at 8 years old and played both solo and accompaniment for the Ballet National Congolese. He held an awesome reputation among the drummers of Brazzaville and founded the band Tambours Sans Frontiers (TSF) which means "Drums without borders". He traveled throughout West Africa playing with many amazing artists and enriching the traditional Congolese rhythms with West African influences. He has played in many large venues, and has been featured on ABC and in Vogue magazine. Besides composing and practicing music for his band, Teber also spends a significant amount of time accompanying and playing lead drum for classes for a variety of African artists, as well as teaching drum and dance classes through the USA. Teber is passionate about sharing his traditions and artistry with others, he teaches at several nationwide conferences and workshops annually, and has taught at numerous prestigious universities and in schools with a variety of ages, as well as community classes. He is a kind and patient teacher.


June 2014

Drum & Dance Workshop with Fode Bangoura & Mamady Sano.
All classes are $15 Drop-In no pre-reg needed, All classes are open level.

Learn traditional rhythms and dances from Guinea West Africa. There are open level class. Fode Bangoura has been recognized internationally for his work as the lead drummer with the acclaimed ensemble Les Merveilles de Guinea. Fode is now one of the most respected and sought after drummers of his generation. He has toured the world, has dozens of recording credits, and has appeared on national television, including a featured spot on MTV.


May 2014

7th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project May 16th - 18th
Master drummer Fode Bangoura will be hosting his 7th Annual Fakoly Dance & Drum Project! 3 days of daily drum and dance classes taught by Master Drummers and Dancers from Guinea West Africa. The workshop will culminate in a performance by the Guest Artists and Duniya Drum & Dance Saturday evening May 17th at The Ritz Theater.
Guest Artists: Fode Bangoura, Fara Tolno, Aboubacar Kouyate, Mandjou Mara, Abou Sylla, Ismael Kouyate, Marietou Camara, Mamady Sano, Naby Bangoura


October 2013
West African Drum & Dance with Guest Artist Fara Tolno
Playing djembe since the age of nine, he has traveled extensively performing and teaching both drumming and dance. Fara spent nine years as the lead drummer for Les Merveilles de Guinea (The Wonders of Guinea) under the tutelage of West Africa’s most influential director and choreographer, Kemoko Sano. Fara is a keeper of the history, the music, and the dance in his culture. Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, Fara has completed his MFA at the University of Colorado. Pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in dance has given him the opportunity to not only teach and share his culture, but to study many different forms of dance.

July 2013
West African Dance with Naby Bangoura
Naby Bangoura is a native of Guinea, West Africa. He has danced since birth and performed with a number of groups, including internationally acclaimed "Les Merveilles de Guinea". Since moving to California, Naby has rapidly become one of the most sought after teachers on the west coast. His authentic presence and dynamic teaching style convey the spirit of his culture with skill, inspiration, and joy!

All Classes are open level and Drop-Ins are Welcome!

June 2013
West African Dance with Nafi Diabate
Nafi Diabate hails from Guinea, Conakry. Dancing since she was 5 years old she has studied with some of the best dancers in Guinea. Nafi was a premier dancer in Ballet Fonike under the direction of Alseny Bangoura before moving to the U.S. She has performed across the country including her Minneapolis debut at the 6th Annual Fakoly Dance & Drum Project. We are so excited to have her back in the Twin Cities and look forward to dancing with Nafi once again.

All Classes are open level and Drop-Ins are Welcome!

May 2013
6th Annual Fakoly Dance & Drum Project May 16th - 19th
Master drummer Fode Bangoura will be hosting his 6th Annual Fakoly Dance & Drum Project! 4 days of daily drum and dance classes taught by Master Drummers and Dancers from West Africa. The workshop will culminate in a Guest Artist performance Saturday evening May 18th at In the Heart of the Beast Theater.

Guest Artists:
Dancers - Naby Bangoura, Marietou Camara, Vado Diomande, Mohamed Tounkara, Fatoumata Camara, Nafi Dioubate and Babacar Ndiaye
Drummers - Fode Bangoura, Fara Tolno, Alya Sylla, Ali Camara, Mandjou Mara and Muse Sarr

February 2013
Mandjou Mara
West African Drum Workshop with Mandjou Mara
Mandjou Mara began his professional drumming career when drum and dance group Oiseau Blanc, recruited him when he was just five years old as a djembe player. It was with this group that he honed his djembe skills and learned other aspects of Guinean music, dance, song, and staging. The djembe soloist of Oiseau Blanc recongnized Mandjou’s talent and introduced him to the prestigious Les Percussions de Guinee who took him on as one of their players. Momordiba Camara of the world renownd Les Ballets Africains was the next to recruit Mandjou as a djembe soloist and assistant director for his group Tayeli of Kaporo in 2000. Mandjou created his performance ensemble Limanya de la Guinee in 2007.

August 2012
William Atchouellou
West African Dance with William Atchouellou August 9th-10th
William, an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer, has fifteen years of experience as a professional dancer with an emphasis in Afro-modern, contemporary and traditional West African dance styles. Originally from the Cote d’Ivoire, he was a member and Artistic Director of the Ten Zo Dance Company. William spent 10 years in Minneapolis as a dance educator and director of African Contemporary group "Les Gitanes" . He is currently living in Montreal where he directs and choreographs for his company "Kotou danse". We are so excited to have him back in Minneapolis for 2 fun filled dance classes!

May 2012
5th Annual Fakoly Dance & Drum Project May 23 - May 27
Master drummer Fode Bangoura will be hosting his 5th Annual Fakoly Dance & Drum Project! 5 days of daily drum and dance classes taught by Master Drummers and Dancers from West Africa. The workshop will culminate in a Guest Artist performance Saturday evening May 26th at The Heart of the Beast Theater.

February 2012
West African Drum & Dance workshop with Mandjou Mara and Fara Tolno
Fara Tolno has traveled extensively performing and teaching both drumming and dance. Fara spent nine years as the lead drummer for Les Merveilles de Guinea (The Wonders of Guinea) under the tutelage of West Africa’s most influential director and choreographer, Kemoko Sano. 
Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, Fara is completing his MFA and teaching at the University of Colorado. Pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in dance has given him the opportunity to not only teach and share his culture, but to study many different forms of dance. He is taking this knowledge and finding ways to relate and merge the art form of dance and music from his culture with that of the western world. Fara is sharing this new and innovative perspective through his teaching in community and university classes, providing a one of a kind opportunity and outlook at traditional West African dance, and its relation historically and currently into the western world.
Mandjou Mara began his professional drumming career when drum and dance group Oiseau Blanc, recruited him when he was just five years old as a djembe player. It was with this group that he honed his djembe skills and learned other aspects of Guinean music, dance, song, and staging. The djembe soloist of Oiseau Blanc recongnized Mandjou’s talent and introduced him to the prestigious Les Percussions de Guinee who took him on as one of their players. Momordiba Camara of the world renownd Les Ballets Africains was the next to recruit Mandjou as a djembe soloist and assistant director for his group Tayeli of Kaporo in 2000. Mandjou created his performance ensemble Limanya de la Guinee in 2007.

October 2011
African Dance With Guest Artist Mamady Sano
Mamady Sano is a dynamic performing artist from the country of Guinea. He is the son of the world renowned choreographer of Les Ballets Africains, Mohamed Kemoko Sano. Mamady spent several years traveling throughout the world with Les Merveilles de Guinea. A resident of the U.S. since 1998 Mamady teaches workshops, clinics, and master classes, as well as performs as a guest artist, throughout the world. He is currently living in New York City where he teaches weekly classes at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Joan Weill Center for Dance, PMT House of Dance and Chelsea Studios.

August 11-13th 2011
Guinea Drum & Dance Workshop with Mandjou Mara & Alhassane Papain Camara
Mandjou Mara began his professional drumming career when drum and dance group Oiseau Blanc, recruited him when he was just five years old as a djembe player. It was with this group that he honed his djembe skills and learned other aspects of Guinean music, dance, song, and staging. The djembe soloist of Oiseau Blanc recongnized Mandjou’s talent and introduced him to the prestigious Les Percussions de Guinee who took him on as one of their players. Momordiba Camara of the world renownd Les Ballets Africains was the next to recruit Mandjou as a djembe soloist and assistant director for his group Tayeli of Kaporo in 2000. Mandjou created his performance ensemble Limanya de la Guinee in 2007.
Alhassane Papain Camara Alhassane was born in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. His father, Lt. Sayon Camara, was highly regarded in the military, and his children were encouraged to follow in his footsteps. Alhassane’s two brothers and sister did just that. Alhassane’s mother, Dah Camara was a dancer, and deeply influenced Alhassane in his pursuit of the traditional dance of his home country. By the age of eleven years, he was a member Ballet Tayeli, and was studying and performing traditional Guinean Dances. Through much courage and hard work, Alhassane left home to continue live and study with his most influential teacher Youssouf Koumbassa, member of the International Ballet Djoliba. He is deeply reverent and grateful to Yousouff for his inspiration and support through his years of study. Alhassane arrived in the states in May, 2009. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he shares his knowledge of traditional Guinean dance and music with communities in Albuquerque and across the United States.

May 2011
4th Annual Fakoly African Dance & Drum Workshop
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Master drummer Fode Bangoura will be hosting his 4th Annual Fakoly Dance & Drum Project! 5 days of daily drum and dance classes taught by Master Drummers and Dancers from West Africa. The workshop will culminate in a Guest Artist performance Saturday evening May 7th at The Southern Theater. Fode will be accompanied by Master Dancers Moustapha Bangoura, Mamady Sano, Marietou Camara, Djeneba Sako and Vado Diamonde as well as Master Drummers Fara Tolono, Karim Koumbassa and Mandjou Mara. This is a unique opportunity to study with some of the most famous names in African drum and dance. All Classes Are Open Level – Everyone is Welcome!

November 2010
West African Dance Workshop with Mamady Sano & Mangue Sylla
MamadyMangue Mamady Sano is a dynamic performing artist from the country of Guinea. He is the son of the world renowned choreographer of Les Ballets Africains, Mohamed Kemoko Sano. Mamady spent several years traveling throughout the world with Merveilles D’Afrique. In 1998, Mamady was invited to come to the United States to teach and perform.

Born in Conakry, Guinea in West Africa, Mangue Sylla started playing music at the age of 7. In 1993 Mangue joined the well known ballet troupe: "Les Merveilles de Guinee”. This provided him the opportunity to travel throughout Africa and study under the leadership of Kemoko Sano. In 1998 Mangue moved to the US with the same ballet. Since then, while still an active member of "Les Merveilles de Guineee", he has been working with numerous groups including: Alvin Ailey, Magbana Drum and Dance, Drum Cafe, Marylin's Bamdulaye, and Nandy's Sankofa Kuumba Cac (summer program for children). Mangue Sylla currently lives in New York City. He keeps a busy schedule performing, teaching, attending workshops and dance conferences.

October 2010
West African Dance Workshop with Naby Bangoura
Naby Naby Bangoura is a native of Guinea, West Africa. He has danced since birth and performed with a number of groups, including internationally acclaimed “Les Merveilles de Guinea”. Since moving to California, Naby has rapidly become one of the most sought after teachers on the west coast. His authentic presence and dynamic teaching style convey the spirit of his culture with skill, inspiration, and joy!

September 2010
Traditional Congolese and Afro Funk Dance Workshop September 18th-20th
Herve Get Ready for a funky blend of old and new when guest artist Herve Makaya Kayos visits the Twin Cities from Oakland, CA. Born and raised in Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) Herve Makaya Kayos is an artist initiated and ritually trained in the art of Congolese dance and music. His training spans over 2 decades, during which he has taken part in various folkloric and contemporary dance and percussion groups. In 2006 Makaya (Kayos) Co-founded the Li-Shanga Company from Congo Brazaville, won the 2006 RFI Dance Competition and was the third place winner with "Mona-Mambu”. Herve is a seasoned artist - dancer and musician in traditional and contemporary forms of African Congolese - dance and music.

Congolese dance style is known for its smooth, grounded and soulful movement. The class will be composed of two complementary rhythms; one part traditional and one part Afro Funk so that the students get to experience the variety within this dance style which grooves your body and soul. Traditional live drumming (provided by Teber Milandou) accompanies the class on the Ngoma, Congolese drum. All levels welcome!!

June 2010
African Drum & Dance Workshop with Mangue Sylla & Naby Bangoura June 18th-21st
Naby Naby Bangoura is a native of Guinea, West Africa. He has danced since birth and performed with a number of groups, including internationally acclaimed “Les Merveilles de Guinea”. Since moving to California, Naby has rapidly become one of the most sought after teachers on the west coast. His authentic presence and dynamic teaching style convey the spirit of his culture with skill, inspiration, and joy!

Mangue Sylla Born in Conakry, Guinea in West Africa, Mangue Sylla started playing music at the age of 7. In 1993 Mangue joined the well known ballet troupe: "Les Merveilles de Guinee”. This provided him the opportunity to travel throughout Africa and study under the leadership of Kemoko Sano. In 1998 Mangue moved to the US with the same ballet. Since then, while still an active member of "Les Merveilles de Guineee", he has been working with numerous groups including: Alvin Ailey, Magbana Drum and Dance, Drum Cafe, Marylin's Bamdulaye, and Nandy's Sankofa Kuumba Cac (summer program for children). Mangue Sylla currently lives in New York City. He keeps a busy schedule performing, teaching, attending workshops and dance conferences.

April 2010
3rd Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Festival Hosted by Fode Seydou Bangoura April 21st-25th
Fakoly Dance & Drum Project is a 5 days of daily drum and dance classes taught by Master Drummers and Dancers of Guinea West Africa. The goal is to collectively create, learn and perform rehearsed music and dance pieces which exemplify the joy and celebration unique to the African culture. The workshop will culminate in a public performance with participants and artists Saturday evening April 24th at Eisenhower Community Center. Fode will be accompanied by Master Dancers Youssouf Koumbassa, Mamady Sano, Naby Bangoura, Marietou Camara, and M'Mah Toure as well as Master Drummers Aboubacar Kouyate, Ali Camara, and Mengue Sylla. This is a unique opportunity to study and perform along side some of the most famous names in African drum and dance.

March 2010
Djeneba Sako West African Dance with Djeneba Sako
Learn African dance and rhythms from Mali West Africa. In Mali, performance, music and dance are ways of expression used in education and everyday life. Djeneba Sako, from the Malian Troupe Baden'ya, is a graceful yet powerful master dancer with a unique style that has allowed her to capitalize on the US Malian dance scene as one of the most sought-after dance instructors at conferences and festivals across the nation. All classes are open level and all ages are welcome!

October 2009
Fode Bangoura West African Drumming with Fode Bangoura
Fode Bangoura has been recognized internationally for his work as the lead drummer with the acclaimed ensemble Les Merveilles de Guinea. Fode is now one of the most respected and sought after drummers of his generation. He has toured the world, has dozens of recording credits, and has appeared on national television, including a featured spot on MTV.

August 2009
William Atchouellou
Gbou Henriette
Traditional & Contemporary African Dance with William Atchouellou and Gbou Henriette
This dynamic couple hails from Ivory Coast West Africa. William has fifteen years of experience as a professional dancer with an emphasis in Afro-modern, contemporary and traditional West African dance styles. Henriette has been touring with Cirque du Soleil's "DRALION" for 10 years dancing the role of "La Terre". Together they beautifully combine their traditional and contemporary training to bring you a workshop that will challenge and inspire all levels of dancers!

West African Drumming with Fode Bangoura Fode Bangoura has been recognized internationally for his work as the lead drummer with the acclaimed ensemble Les Merveilles de Guinea. Fode is now one of the most respected and sought after drummers of his generation. He has toured the world, has dozens of recording credits, and has appeared on national television, including a featured spot on MTV.

July 2009
Fode Bangoura West African Drum & Dance with Fode Bangoura & Mamady Sano
Back by popular demand!!! Fode and Mamady are well known in the Twin Cities African Drum and dance community for their unique teaching styles and high energy classes.
Fode Bangoura has been recognized internationally for his work as the lead drummer with the acclaimed ensemble Les Merveilles de Guinea. Fode is now one of the most respected and sought after drummers of his generation. He has toured the world, has dozens of recording credits, and has appeared on national television, including a featured spot on MTV. Mamady Sano is a dynamic performing artist from the country of Guinea. he is the son of the world renowned choreographer of Les Ballets Africains, Mohamed Kemoko Sano. Mamady spent several years traveling throughout the world with Merveilles D’Afrique. In 1998, Mamady was invited to come to the United States to teach and perform..

June 2009
Abdoulaye Camara West African Drum & Dance Workshop with Abdoulaye Camara and Mandjou Mara.
The Guinean style of dance is especially renowned for its’ exuberant leaps and graceful gestures. The Guinean rhythms are infectious and well-known in the realm of drumming. Internationally acclaimed artist Abdoulaye Camara is well known for his incredible teaching skills, artistic style, and charismatic spirit. Born in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, Abdoulaye is from the Soussou ethnic group. Mandjou Mara, native of Guinea, grew up drumming and singing. He has played for the prestigious Les Percussions de Guinee and Tayeli of Kaporo.

April 2009
2nd Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Festival with Fode Bangoura & Mamady Sano
2nd Annual Fakoly African Drum & Dance Workshop - Master Drummer, Fode Bangoura of Les Ballets Africains will be hosting a week long drum & dance workshop that will culminate in a public performance with both students and artists Saturday evening May 2nd at Sabathani Community Center. Fode will be accompanied by Master Dancers Youssouf Koumbassa, Mamady Sano, and Marietou Camara as well as Master Drummers Mohammed Camara and Aboubacar Kouyate.
The 2nd Annual FAKOLY Drum and Dance Workshop provides the Twin Cities community with an opportunity to study and perform with master African artists. The goal is to collectively create learn and perform drum & dance pieces which exemplify the joy & celebration unique to African culture.
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March 2009
Djeneba Sako West African Drum & Dance Workshop with Djeneba Sako & Abdoul Doumbia
Learn African dance and rhythms from Mali West Africa. In Mali, performance, music and dance are ways of expression used in education and everyday life.
Djeneba Sako, from the Malian Troupe Baden'ya, is a graceful yet powerful master dancer with a unique style that has allowed her to capitalize on the US Malian dance scene as one of the most sought-after dance instructors at conferences and festivals across the nation. She currently holds regular classes in Colorado.

February 2009
Biza Sompa African Drum & Dance Workshop with Biza Sompa
Traditional Congolese dances are rooted in ritual and acknowledge the presence of the spirit world in every day life. The workshop will also incorporate aspects of social and contemporary dance which include soukous and ndombolo and have influenced dance movement worldwide including dance forms found in Brazil and Latin America. The roots of Congolese dance form the foundation for Hip Hop, Rhumba, Samba, Calyspo, Merengue and Bomba. The workshop will feature live percussian by guest Congolese drummers. Biza Sompa began his dance choreography career with the Ballet Damar and the Congolese National Dance Company in Brazzaville, Congo. He toured extensively throughout Europe with Congolese dance troupes based in Paris. Currently, he is a dance instructor and founder of Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theatre based in Ann Arbor, MI.