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Teli Shabu is a professional musician originally from Liberia, West Africa. Teli grew up in a family performance ensemble where art was a way of life. A Forward Promise Fellow, and an alumnus of the African American Dance Ensemble, Teli seeks to guide young people on the drummer’s path. Teli currently runs the TMOAR Drum Institute and The Magic of African Rhythm. He teaches and performs for all ages from toddlers to seniors throughout NC. ARTS-CURRICULUM INTEGRATION: (SOCIAL STUDIES) (MATH) (MUSIC) (CULTURAL)

Performance The Griot’s Gourd

GRADES: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12

The melodic Kora and Balaphon are traditional storytelling instruments from Mali. These gourd instruments provide the soundtrack on a journey through West Africa’s geography, language, history, and culture. Students will sing, drum, and dance all along the way.

Max Participants: 400

Duration: 40-60 minutes

Special Requirements: See bottom of page.

Single Performance Fee-$975.00
Two Performances Fee- $1,438.00

Residency Active Rhythms & Life

GRADES: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12

In Africa life moves to the beat. Make rhythm the soundtrack of YOUR life. Students will begin making noise on stick and hand drums. Through bodily kinesthetic rhythm and structured drumming, students realize rhythm is in us all.

Max Participants: 20

Duration: 45 minutes to 75 minutes per class/session. 4 days needed with each class/group for residency.

Special Requirements:
Large space away from quiet study areas, access to an electrical outlet.

Fee: $100.00 per hour/per class     

Performance Special Requirements:

  • A cleared, open area with wooden dance floor or equivalent; space dimensions minimum of 25ft x 30ft.
  • 3 microphones with PA system, 2 with boom stands
  • 7 armless chairs
  • Back-stage dressing areas for women and men with 5 chairs
  • 1 hrs stage access for sound check, setup, etc. before we begin
  • 5 mins backstage cue before curtains open
  • TMOAR introduction made by the presenter
  • water bottles