|Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver
and Ft. Collins
Abdoul Karim Doumbia
Malian Master Drummer Abdoul Doumbia was called to the drum at age six, followed by a
16-year apprenticeship to Master Drummer Moriba Keita and others. Instruction
included all phases of technique, composition, harmonizing, teaching skills, drum-making,
repair, tuning, and knowledge of both traditional drum and dance. His drumming
education encompassed all types of percussion instruments found in Mandinka society, with
an emphasis on djembe and djun-djun.
Abdoul was regional representative for eight consecutive years at the National Drum
Festival of Mali before being brought to the US. He was also the lead drummer for
the national drum and dance troupe Babemba, and earlier for the troupe Chemin de
Fer. In addition, he has played for the National Ballet of Mali and taught at Le
Jardin de Enfant, a children's drumming school.
Abdoul was the first Malian Master drummer in the US, brought here by Brown University in
1991 to be a consultant and accompanist for their West African dance program. Since
then he has also worked as guest consultant and performer at many other
universities. He also teaches and performs at drum workshops all over the US,
including the Summer Jembe Institute (NC) and Tambacounda Camp (CA). In 1995 he
released a self-titled CD, which is now in its second printing. He collaborated on
the 1996 album "Color of Dusk", as well as on the album "M'Fake",
released in 1998. Abdoul is currently working on
an album with renowned kora player Toumani Diabate, to be released in 2001.
Abdoul teaches the rhythms of all of the Mandeng ethnic groups of W. Africa. He
teaches strictly traditional rhythms, rather than ballet-inspired or other modern
forms. Abdoul is known for the intensity of his classes and the perfection he
demands, as well as for his sense of humor and individual attention.
All-level djembe/dounou: 12-1 -- Denver (call 303-355-7827
for directions or more info)
Beginning djembe/dounou: 4-5:30 -- Kakes Studios, 2115 Pearl St.
(behind Front Range Futons), Boulder $15
Intermediate djembe/dounou: 5:45-7:15 -- Kakes Studios $15
All-level djembe/dounou: 5:45-6:45 -- Motherland Rhythm & Art.,
2028 14th St., Boulder (next to Boulder Theater), $10
All-level W. African Dance class, taught by Melanie Berg: 7:30-9:00
-- Kakes Studios $8
Beginning African Dance class, taught by Melanie Berg: 7:15-8:30 --
Dance West, 1637 Pearl St., Boulder $9.50
All-level African Drum Jam: Foolish Craig's Restaurant -- 1611
Pearl St, Boulder -- dancers welcome, drink and appetizer specials, $10
Abdoul teaches courses through Naropa Continuing Education and
Bantaba World Dance and Music Studio on Wednesdays -- please call for more
Intermediate African Dance class, taught by DeAndre Carroll:
7:15-8:30 -- Dance West, $9.50
Advanced djembe/dounou class: 11-1, alternating weeks, by audition
only -- please call for more information
Advanced African Dance class, taught by Melanie Berg: 1:30-2:45 --
Dance West, $9.50
Abdoul will also be holding monthly workshops
in Denver and Boulder and is also available for private lessons. Abdoul sells and
repairs djembes and djun-djuns, and sells shea butter, goat skins, talking drums, nganga
bells, karrian bells, and mudcloth as well.
Please call for more information, directions, or to rent a drum.
Abdoul's from Mali and is excellent teacher in
djembe. Taught at 3rd Annual Summer Jembe Institute, June, 1998, U of North
Carolina, Greensboro. Great with kids.
|Bantaba World Dance & Music
691-B South Broadway, Boulder, Colorado, 80305, USA.
Ph # 303-499-6484
Class Schedule is avaliable at www.DancingCircle.com under African Dance,
each instructor has class descriptions listed on the web site as well.
Kpanlogo and African Rhythms
Sabar Drum and Kora (21 string harp-lute) player, Boubacar has a CD of his
Afro-pop band Dialy Kounda that features a blend of music styles woven into
and supported by the Kora tradition.
Teachers Country of origin: Guinea, West Africa
STYLE OF DRUM: Guinea Ballet (Djembe, Dundun and dance)
Description of Dance Classes: High-energy, one rhythm per month with
Core Movement Studio
1844 55th Street
Boulder, CO 80328
URL www.projectdrum.com //
Class Schedule & Fees: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. Int.-Adv
Fridays 5:30-7:00 p.m. beginning
*PS- Bantaba World Music and Dance has sadly closed so those listings are no