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The djembe

The Djembe Master

A few names worth looking out for

  • Keita Fodeba

b. 1921 Rep. of Guinea, Founder of Les Ballets Africains de la République de Guinée in 1945.

  • Famoudou Konate

Famoudou Konate, photo by Tim Bray

b. 1940 Upper Guinea, Lead Djembe Soloist for Les Ballets Africains de la République de Guinée
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  • Ladji Camara

b. 1923, Guinea, preformed with Les Ballets Africains de la République de Guinée, Babatunde Olatunji
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  • Mamady Keïta


Mamady Keïta

b. 1950, Guinea, lead drummer & soloist of the Djoliba Ballet, founded Tam Tam Mandingue percussion school
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  • Adama Dramé

b. 1954, Burkino Faso, instructor and artistic leader of Ballet Foliba.
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  • Abdoulaye Diakite

b. 1950, Senegal, lead soloist Ballet National du Senegal, founded Tambacounda West African Drum and Dance Camp and co-founded the drum and dance company CEEDO.
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  • Babatunde Olatunji

b. 1927 d.2003 Nigeria, co-founded Olatunji Center for African Culture in Harlem with John Coltrane. Recorded with Carlos Santana, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder.
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  • Soungalo Coulibaly

b. 1955 d. 2004 Mali, "Famoudou's hand is so clean, his sound is so pure, that I wondered if I'd ever be able to play like him."--Mamady Keïta
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