“Teaching is more than a passion for Diali Cissokho; it’s his birthright” (John Hunter, Chatham Record). “Griot” Diali Cissokho – vocalist, percussionist, korist, and composer – hails from a long lineage of musicians, historically charged with storytelling and aural history. He has performed & taught in Africa, Europe, and the U.S.. With lyrics in Manding, Wolof, French, and English, Diali immerses audiences in stories of ancient and modern Africa. ARTS-CURRICULUM INTEGRATION: (HISTORY) (MATH) (MUSIC) (CULTURAL ARTS)
Performance The Griot Experience: Songs, Stories, and Movement
GRADES: Kindergarten – 12
Students will explore the griot tradition (aural history) of West Africa in this participatory performance. Singing call-and-response, clapping rhythms, drumming, and dancing, students will experience a variety of instruments, languages, and musical traditions during this unique cultural experience!
Max Participants: 400
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Special Requirements: Stage in large multi-purpose room with microphones and outlets for amplification (provided by artist); access at least 30 minutes before the performance
Single Performance Fee: $625
Two Performances Fee: $1,000
Residency Djembe Beat: Exploring African Rhythm
Students will learn several traditional rhythms and call-and-response songs while exploring the joys and challenges of cooperative learning. Students will develop listening skills, focus, and a sense of pride in their cooperative accomplishments in this high-energy musical experience!
Max Participants: 25 students (larger groups can be arranged if the school has additional drums)
Duration: 45-60 minutes per class. 2 days minimum needed for residency
Space large enough to accommodate a circle of chairs for student drummers and instructor, assistance carrying and setting up drums helpful but not required (up to 25 drums provided by instructor for use during residency)
Fee: $150 per hour/per class
*Residency length/days and number of classes are negotiable.