Thione Diop, master drummer from Senegal West Africa has taught and performed in the Seattle area for the last 5 years. He specializes in djembe but also plays the Djun Djun, sabar and tama. Thione was raised in the Griot tradition and has extensive knowledge of West African rhythms. He performs with his percussion ensemble Yeke Yeke and is also a member of the band Iguales. Thione has an instructional DVD and several CD's, one of them newly released after a recent recording session in Senegal with many master musicians.
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Playing and making Didjeridu is what I do. It's a necessary creative and spirtual outlet for me. When I was 15, I found a sound I'd never heard before, but I somehow new it mattered. Through the serendipity of teenage boredom and a discarded metal tube in my parents basement, sea change occured. I shared the discovery with my Dad and I first learned of the Didjeridu. Information and resources were scarce (a time that precluded internet popularity). I then embarked on a solo quest of exploration and self-discovery. Over the last 17 years, I've enjoyed the experiences of performing solo, busking, playing in bands, Recording, exploring a variety of musical generes and teaching people to play. I've been privileged to have traveled the world and met some amazing friends, elders, musicians, teachers (not the least of which, Djalu Gurruwiwi) and students who have inspired me in many ways. My style of playing and approach is mostly self taught but my travels in N.E. Australia and connecting with other musicians has helped my quest greatly. I'm very thankful for this.
Mamadou Thioub was born in Dakar, Senegal, son of Meissa Thioub, master drummer and director of Ballet African Sangomar. Within a long-established Griot tradition, Mamadou inherited the rhythms, dances, stories and songs that comprise Senegalese history. He studied these from childhood and is now passing the tradition to the next generation--both in the United States and in Senegal. Mamadou lives in Depoe Bay, Oregon with his wife and children. He teaches weekly drum classes in Newport and Corvallis, and periodic workshops in Bend and Portland. Mamadou is deeply committed to working with children, and has established strong ties with Oregon educators as a returning artist-in-residence in many schools. Mamadou collaborates with several dance companies: Loveness Dance Troupe of Portland, Gabrielle Eggstein: West African Dance and Pacific Dance Ensemble, both of Newport, Oregon.
Cameron Tummel is an internationally renowned rhythm circle facilitator and instructional recording artist. Cameron has hosted interactive events for Patagonia, Mercedes Benz, the World Scholar Athlete Games, and dozens of American universities and school campuses, and is an enthusiastic participant in the World Rhythm Festival annually. Tummel has performed with legendary drummers Babatunde Olatunji, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, and Jose "Pepe" Danza. His professional training includes a thirteen-year apprenticeship with Arthur Hull, a nine-year apprenticeship with grand master drummer Abdoulaye Diakite, and he is now studying with Senegalese master drummer Malik Sow. Cameron produced the play-along instructional CD “Fundamental Djembe” in 2007, a melodic world percussion album "Waterfire," in 2009, and released "Fundamental Djembe SOLOS 4/4 Volume One" in 2011. Tummel is currently recording new tracks for upcoming volumes of the “Fundamental Djembe SOLOS” series. Cameron lives in Santa Barbara, and also enjoys video production, writing, and surfing. More info, music and videos at: www.CameronTummel.com
The djembe called to Ali in June 2000, when a "random" flier flew at her from a bulletin board outside Eichardt's restaurant in Sandpoint, ID. Falling head over heels in love with the djembe, she has since then dedicated her life to studying and teaching. Taking advice from her first teacher, Ali purposefully studied with as many different djembe teachers as possible, learning rhythms from many different west African countries. In 2005 she was invited to move to California to teach for the San Diego branch of Tam Tam Mandingue, Mamady Keita's international school of djembe. She also teaches at various San Diego Unified School Districts, working with grades K through 6. She has been to Guinea several times to study the djembe, most recently making the journey with Mamady Keita and other professional teachers to his home village of Balandougou. Ali calls San Diego home, but travels and teaches workshops throughout the U.S.
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