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Mamadou Diabate's Lab Workshop


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  • Victoria|Québec City|Montreal|Douala|Yaoundé|Nanaimo|ISSAMBA CENTRE

Service Description

Mamadou Diabate, a master balafon player and esteemed musician from Burkina Faso, offers a unique opportunity to delve into the captivating world of West African music through his enlightening lab workshops. These workshops are designed to provide participants with an immersive experience into the artistry of the balafon—a traditional African wooden xylophone—and the cultural legacy it embodies. Key Components of the Workshop: ​Balafon Techniques: Participants will be guided through the intricate techniques that define balafon playing. From striking to damping and rolling, these techniques form the foundation of the balafon's distinct sound. ​Rhythmic Patterns: The heart of West African music lies in its rhythmic complexity. Diabate's workshop will focus on teaching participants the mesmerizing rhythmic patterns that characterize this genre and how they can be skillfully executed on the balafon. ​Improvisation and Creativity: A hallmark of any music form, improvisation will take center stage. Participants will be encouraged to explore their creativity and expressiveness within the framework of traditional West African rhythms. ​Cultural Significance: Beyond the music itself, participants will gain insight into the cultural context of the balafon within West African societies. The instrument's historical importance, cultural significance, and role in storytelling and ceremonies will be explored. Balafon as a Language: Discover the fascinating concept of the balafon as a language. Mamadou Diabate will elucidate how the instrument's tones and rhythms communicate messages and convey emotions, transcending linguistic barriers. Cross-Cultural Fusion: Building on his experiences of collaborating with artists from diverse genres, Diabate will delve into the art of fusing traditional West African music with other musical styles. Participants will witness the harmonious meeting of cultures. Collaborative Ensemble: Participants will have the opportunity to join in collaborative ensemble playing, experiencing the joy and dynamics of creating music as a unified group. ​Personal Insights and Stories: Mamadou Diabate will share personal anecdotes from his musical journey, offering participants a glimpse into the life of a professional musician and the influences that have shaped his artistry. Q&A and Interaction: A question-and-answer session will facilitate direct interaction with Mamadou Diabate, allowing participants to delve deeper

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Contact Details

  • Victoria, BC, Canada

  • Québec, QC, Canada

  • Montreal, QC, Canada

  • Douala, Cameroon

  • Yaoundé, Yaoundé, Cameroon

  • Nanaimo, BC, Canada

  • ISSAMBA CENTRE - African Art & Cultural Community Centre, Fifth Street, Victoria, BC, Canada


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