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Nansady Keita, Dublin, Ireland. 29/30 October 2010 - Djembefola - Djembe Forum

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#15204
Guinean master djembefola Nansady Keita for the first time in Dublin!

Evening class for beginners on Friday 29th October
22 South William Street Dublin 2
7.30pm-10pm , 15 €
Drums provided.

Full day intermediate/advanced class on Saturday 30th October
Button Factory,ex Temple Bar Music Centre,rehearsal rooms
Temple Bar Dublin 2 , 10.30am - 5pm , 45 €.

Only 20 places for this full day workshop so booking is essential !

Every participant will get a recording of all parts for the rhythms,including breaks,calls,traditional solos and song(if there is
one). Dunduns and some djembes will be provided,but please bring yours if you have one,if not please state this when booking.

Evening class and the full day workshop together €50

Nansady is a Guinean djembé-fola (djembe player) and nephew of internationally renowned djembé-master Famoudou Konaté. Nansady is considered a successor of Famoudou as a traditional village drummer. Nansady is from the Malinké ethnic group, and comes from Sangbaralla, a village near Kouroussa, in the Hamana region of Guinea.
Nansady has performed and taught around the world (USA, Holland, UK, France, Germany, Japan) and toured with Famoudou Konaté's ensembles to Japan and Europe. Nansady features on six of the CD's Famoudou has released including most recently Hamana Namun. Nansady is a member of the traditional West African performance group 'Hamana Kalu' (who released their first CD in May 2008 with a new CD coming out in 2010) in Guinea-Conakry, and he leads three British based ensembles in the UK, Nansady Keita's Ensemble (consisting of Guinean musicians based in the UK), Funkama, and Meereeya Bedeh.

Famoudou Konaté says about Nansady, "The workshops and performances that Nansady Keita offers magnificently illustrate the one-of-a-kind musical tradition of the Malinké in Guinea. Together with the fine combination of traditional ability and professional experience he is an ideal and suitable representative for the culture of our people."

Nansady Keïta was born in the village of Sangbaralla, close to the town of Kouroussa, in the Hamana region of north-east Guinea. He started drumming very young on a tin can, and at the age of 8 received his first djembé. Soon he began studying with djembé-master Djoumeh Camara, later joining his group and travelling locally to perform at traditional parties and festivals. After Djoumeh’s death Nansady took his own group to the Malinké towns of Guékédou and Macenta (near the Liberian border) to work. It was during this time (around 1997) that the world-renowned djembé-master, and Nansady’s uncle, Famoudou Konaté sent a messenger to ask Nansady to return to the village as Famoudou wanted him to go to Guinea's capital, Conakry, with him to teach non-African students Malinké rhythms. This was the start of an ongoing arrangement between Famoudou and Nansady where Nansady taught at Famoudou's annual percussion workshops. In 2007 Nansady started his own annual Guinea workshops. Each year Nansady performs for the international students at Famoudou’s winter percussion workshop in Conakry, Guinea.

In mid-2002 Nansady received his first international exposure as second soloist of Famoudou’s ensemble ‘Hamana Föli Kan’ during their European concert tour. At the end of 2002 Nansady was invited to the USA by Lilian Friedberg of CDP (The Chicago Djembé Project) for workshops and performances. Again in 2004 Nansady travelled with Famoudou on his European concert tour, with ensemble ‘Hamana Föli Kan’, and later that year on the ensemble’s tour of Japan. In 2006 Gary Newland of Music Worldwide Inter-cultural Music Consultancy invited Nansady to the UK, and since then Nansady has been based in the UK but returns to Guinea each winter.



Hope to see you there for some great drumming ! :)
Ta tata tutu


For more info call Zvonko 086 1671 705
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#15601
hi Paul, great thing!
some remarks: Nanasady is not the successor of Famoudou's as a village player anymore. He WAS! That's over since 2004 (or earlier, I'ld say), then Solo Keita was Nansady's successor as the guy changing between Conakry and Sangbarala every few weeks, being first solo player in Sanbarala when he was there and leaving it to the younger ones, when he was in CKY.
The solo position is between Namory Keita and Kaba Konaté by now with some advantage to Namory through age and some to Kaba through permannent presence.

Nanasady Keita is one of the best djembé players from this region (Hamana). I would say every drummer in the world could still learn something from him (though there's many others, too I admit)! And (not least) he's a very very fine guy, so I'm a bit jealous that he went to GB instead of Germany d;-)

Have a nice week-end over there, with good music and a lot of fun!!
Greets, Daniel
#15611
Hi Afoba..

My entire contribution was cutting and pasteing here...
Afoba wrote:I'm a bit jealous that he went to GB instead of Germany d;-)
Now now spread the love, we still have no one in Ireland and its only in the last year we started getting someone every few months (maybe you should pop over yourself)... Im looking forward to it.
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