MUSIC AT NOON: WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING AND DANCING
Lamine Touré and his group will present a thrilling demonstration of Sabar drumming of Senegal, an ancient music tradition of the Wolof people that is preserved and perpetuated by Wolof gewel or “griot” families – families of musicians that go back countless generations who perform Sabar drumming for important ritual and social functions in modern Senegalese society. The Sabar ensemble consists of a family of drums that are played by the bare hand and a stick. The music is a spectacular display of musicianship, technique, power, and verbal acuity, as rhythms are spun from recited texts that recount the history and genealogies of Wolof culture. As dance music, Sabar drumming has an infectious, complex polyrhythmic texture that has influenced much contemporary African popular music.
Lamine Touré is widely recognized as one of Senegal’s leading percussionists. Born into a griot family of sabar drummers, Lamine Touré has been drumming since the age of four, performing with his family troupe at weddings, baptisms, and dance events. Former percussionist for Nder et le Setsima Group, Touré now leads the Afro-mbalax band, Group Saloum. Since Fall 2002, he has served as co-director of Rambax MIT. He also teaches sabar drum and dance classes in the Boston area. For more information, visit www.laminetoure.com
Concert Coordinator: Arthur Rishi firstname.lastname@example.org 617.373.2671