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120 Morris St. Downtown Durham
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““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)

Performance African Beat – A Musical History!

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- $625.00
Two Performances Fee- $1,000.00

Residency Rockin’ Rhythms: An African Beat

GRADES:  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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 needed for residency -minimum.

Special Requirements:
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: $150.00 per hour/per class       
*Residency length/days and number of classes are negotiable.