Karim Koumbassa, Master Drummer, Dancer, Choreographer, Director and Instrument Maker from Guinea West Africa, has worked extensively with some of the best and most renowned artists from his country such as Famadou Konate, Mamady Keita, and Youssouf Koumbassa. Karim was the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the performance company Oiseaux Blanc in Guinea. He has performed with many other professional ballets in Guinea, namely Les Merveilles de Guinee, Ballets Taille, Wassa So, and Kounkouri. In America Karim has performed with many incredible African Artists such as Balaphonist Naby Camara, Djembefolas Karamba Diabate, Bolokada Conde, Muhamed Camara and Guitarist and Vocalist Alpha Yaya Diallo. Karim has also performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and The Northwest Girls Choir. Karim performs with and teaches many of the traditional instruments of West Africa: Djembe, Bolon, Gongoma, N’goni; his passion lies with the bass Dundun Drums. Karim's profound passion for music make him an incredible musician, inspiring teacher, and infectious performer.
Krishnaraj Iyengar is an Indian classical percussionist specializing in the Tabla. He has received intensive training and repertoire in musicology in the traditional system in 5 different 'Gharanas' or traditions. He has been performing the world over conducting lecture-demonstrations, workshops, solos and has experimented with musical forms from many parts of the world. He has also performed for the Indian Royalty and the Consular Corps, various dignitaries from around the world, musicians, students of ethnomusicoligy and other forms. Being a composer in Tabla and also melody, he has been composing background music scores and other compositions which are examples of chemistry between various musical forms and traditions from around the world. Krishna is fulent in almost 11 languages and passionately studies cultures and theology.This is a striking advantage due to which he relates to audiences of varied nationalities and teach students of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Juliana Y. Kettor
604 683 8071
Originally from Ghana, Juliana holds a B.A. Degree in Dance Studies and Sociology and a Masters of Philosophy in Dance Analysis and Criticism. After studying dance,drumming and percussion for 10 years, she is an accomplished choreographer, dancer, drummer, performer, project director, and a teacher by profession with many years of experience. With a highly innovative approach to her traditional heritage, she has taught dance, drumming and instrumental classes and workshops in schools, festivals and events, both in Africa and abroad. She is ready to surprise you and share with you the love of the God's given gift that is hidden in you. Her zeal for life is highly contagious, so get ready for an unforgettable experience of joy and laughter!
Katrina Ji & Culture Shakti are a professional international dance company specializing in American Tribal Style® (ATS®) Belly Dance, Bollywood, Rajasthani Folk Dance, Bhangra and Can Can!!! Katrina Ji has performed in India, Canada and toured USA. Culture Shakti has performed for Microsoft, Democrats of WA, Seattle Art Museum (SAM), NW Folklife Festival.... Katrina Ji is also a member of Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan (including Ustad Arba Music Group & Suva Devi from Latcho Drom). She has toured the USA with them and the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. We offer classes at our studio in Seattle. http://cultureshaktidance.com
Kerfala "Fana" Bangoura was named “Master Drummer” by the Guinean Ministry of Culture in 2008. He has been featured as a soloist for two national groups of Guinea, Percussions de Guinee and Les Ballets Africains, for over 8 years. He has also served as Percussion Director for Ballet Fareta, and his own ensemble, Sekha-Kan Kolon, has toured and performed throughout Guinea. Fana has been teaching and performing in the United States since the spring of 2009. His powerful, dynamic performances and friendly teaching style have won accolades from audiences and students, leading to high-profile engagements such as an appearance on the nationally syndicated Mo'Nique Show.
Salif Malima Koné was born into a Djeli (Griot) family and given the name Malima, which means "the way it is", by his grandfather. He began studying traditional music when he was two years old. When he was eight years old he joined the national group of young musicians in Burkina Faso, Maison des Jeunes du Burkina, traveling throughout Africa. At 14, he became the youngest musician ever to join the National Ballet of Burkina Faso. He traveled throughout Europe and Africa as a percussion soloist with the National Ballet. He has performed all over the United States and taught workshops in universities throughout the country. Since 2005, he has been hosting tours to Africa so that students can participate in drum and dance workshops and learn more about his family culture.
Known for his skills & teaching ability, Kerry is an engaging, entertaining & dynamic instructor & facilitator. He offers workshops & hosts drum circles at many events including Rhythm Fest & NW Folklife Festival. First inspired by George Jinda on shakers, Kerry later studied drum circle facilitation with Arthur Hull for many years and drumming with Babatunde Olatunji, Paulo Mattioli, Cameron Tummel, Dibo & Ryan Camara, Monette Marino, Malik Sow & many more. Kerry teaches percussion classes, hosts community and corporate drum circles & distributes instruments. He is a trusted resource for facilitators, stores, museums, players & others for 20 years. Shakerman.com Shakerman@gmail.com
Karen has been dancing since 2001, with her main emphasis in Swing and Blues. She brings a high degree of body awareness, playfulness, and over ten years experience in teaching movement to her dance instruction. Karen has taught national workshops around the country and is pleased to regularly host, moderate, and teach at Seattle's own dances. She's recently organized Seattle's Blues Dance Performance Team, Jet City Jank; has put on the first ever Blues Dance Showcase; and is hosting professional teacher training for local newcomer teachers. She is now available for private lessons, group classes, workshops, choreography, demos & performances, and wedding dances.
Aboubacar “Boka” Kouyate is a Djeli ~ Boka was born into a duo Griot tradition;The Son of Nounke Kouyaté and Djéné Dioubate. Boka’s Father was a musician guitarist, ballaphonist and a traditional historian. Boka’s Mother is a popular Singer.He began singing with his mom, while strapped to her back as a child. Boka began writing music at a young age. He has attended the school of music within the Griot lineage, which was directed by his Father. Boka has gained citywide recognition for his commitment to preserving historical traditions within the Manden region. While based in Seattle, Washington; Boka teaches traditional djembe, Ballaphone, and songs from Guinea.
Hello! My names Will, I am an avid hand-drummer with knowledge of a wide variety of drumming techniques & rhythms from the Middle East, Iranian, and Carnatic: Indian music. Over time I have researched and adopted a variety of techniques and rhythms from various cultures around the world. I like to play e variety of hand-drums such as; Middle Eastern Doumbek, Frame Drum, South Indian Kanjira, Djembe, and the Iranian Tombak and Daf. Currently I've developed my own unique set of techniques for the djembe that incorporates Indian, Iranian/Persian, & Middle Eastern styles. I hope to share these wonderful techniques & rhythms with music lovers & drummers like myself.
The beautiful and talented Kat is a belly dance professional of many talents. She dances, teaches, and produces belly dance shows in Tacoma. She is known for her lovely stage presence, where she dances with humor, style, and grace. Audiences are especially delighted when she dances with her very talented dance partner Antonio, the famous belly dancing boa. Kat has trained intensively for over 6 years with Washington's finest dancers. She strives for excellence in technique, precision, and is well known for her dramatic showmanship. Kat’s dedication has been recognized by many in her audiences as well as judges at regional belly dance competition. Find out more at katrossdance.com
Otis Orchards, WA
I graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelors in Music Education in 2011. I have been teaching elementary music for four years. Three of those years I have been at Otis Orchards Elementary in Otis Orchards, WA. At Otis Orchards Elementary I teach students in K-6 General Music, 3rd - 6th Grade Honor Choir, and 4th - 6th Grade Marimba Band. The Otis Orchards Malleteers is an auditioned school group that performs world music on mallet percussion. Our 4th Grade beginning group meets before school, and our 5th and 6th Grade advanced group meets during recess throughout the school day. Students in the group, have placed a Superior blue ribbon rating for two consecutive years at the Northeast Music Educators Association Solo & Ensemble Festival in Spokane Valley, Washington.
Mazigazi Band is an Afrobeat band from Olympia, Washington, which started with only family members. They play high-energy afrobeat music that is inspired by African traditional rhythms. Their music focuses on cultural experience, environment, and emphasis message of co-existence in a world where differences tend to pull us apart.
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