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Stay tuned for your chance to get djembe and dunun instruction from one of the Masters of Mandingue music and culture! Bolokada Conde is a master among masters, and one of the richest treasures of Malinke music and folklore on earth.
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Bolokada Conde is true Master Djembefola (master drummer), expert of Malinke Rhythms and one of world’s best djembe players.
Bolokada was a young musical prodigy who became a sensation in the Sankaran region of Guinea, West Africa. As a master folklorist, he was the premier djembe player in all the major village celebrations in the region for many years. Bolokada joined the world famous Les Percussion du Guinee to replace the legendary Mamoudy Keita as their lead drummer. He traveled and performed in major performance venues all over the world since 1996 and was featured in the IMAX movie PULSE: a Stomp Odyssey.
Since 2004, he has been performing and teaching in the United States. He is the musical director and lead soloist of Ballet Waraba in North Carolina, Ballet Wassa-Wassa in Santa Cruz, California and Les Percussion Malinke in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has conducted percussion workshop all over the US and Europe.
He has released four musical CD’s including Morowaya, Sankaran, Djiraworo, and Famille Dundunba, and is the subject of a documentary “Bolokada Conde- Malinke Village Djembefola”. Condé is an Artist Associate at the Robert E. Brown Center For World Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having previously been a visiting lecturer/teacher from 2008 to 2011.
Mamady Keita, the best known djembe player in the world, calls Bolokada “A brilliant and entertaining performer, a patient and precise teacher, and as one of the few masters of his instrument. Few others are able to captivate his audience as he does, an even fewer are able to clearly and concisely teach this music.”
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