2027 Laurence Ct NE
Iowa City, IA 52240-9150
Fax : (319)-338-0367
Style of Drumming: Guinean, Djembe, Ashiko, Djun-Djuns, Shekere
Private Lessons = $25 for 1 1/2 hrs
Group Fees = $10 for 1 1/2 hours
411 1/2 North B St.
Fairfield, IA, 52556
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Class Schedule, Location & Fees: Fonsiba travels all over the
Midwest offering a wide variety of workshops for schools and for the general
public (see below). She will also travel anywhere in the country.
Please email her for current schedules.
STYLE OF DRUM: West African jembe drum ensemble including jembes, doun
douns, bells etc.
Description of Drum Classes:
* "African Hand Drumming for Kids" - school
assemblies, teaching residencies and public workshops
* "African Hand Drumming and CHARACTER COUNTS! sm" -
character building workshops for schools
* "The Heart of African Drumming" - adult
workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
* "Healing through Drumming, Rhythm and Sound" -
* Community Healing Drum Rituals
* Family and Community Drum Circles
Fonsiba provides the following for her workshops;
* 30 hand carved jembe drums from the Ivory Coast, plus douns and
* Her new video "Gifts from Mother Africa" which
documents her recent trip to the Ivory Coast, living with a Bambara family
drummers and drumming with them at traditional African
* Her "African Home Display" which contains all the
items used in a typical West African home for cooking, eating, cleaning,
washing, sitting and sleeping.
Resumé of teacher (25 words):
Fonsiba has been teaching and performing on African hand drums since 1995.
She has conducted over 300 African drumming programs in schools throughout
the Midwest and is listed on the Arts in Education Roster with the
Iowa, Illinois and Missouri Arts Councils. She also utilizes African
drumming to present character building workshops in schools through the
nationwide CHARACTER COUNTS!sm program.
Fonsiba has a B.A. in music education and has studied extensively with
master drummers from the West African countries of Mali, Guinea, Senegal and
the Ivory Coast. For the past 6 years she trained regularly with Madou
Dembele from Mali and the Ivory Coast. In 2002-2003, she and Madou toured
Midwest schools together and gave public performances with Madou's drum
troupe Super Yankadi. Fonsiba then spent 6 weeks in the Ivory Coast,
apprenticing with Madou's older brother Dramane, and performing with him at
3-5 traditional African weddings each week. She has since completed her
first documentary video about her experiences in West Africa entitled "Gifts
from Mother Africa".
Fonsiba has also spent over 10 years exploring the use of drumming and
sound as a healing tool, studying with numerous healers from Eastern and
Native American traditions. While in Africa, she received a powerful spirit
initiation from an ancestral lineage which uses the jembe drum for healing.
She is currently being trained by her African elders in how to access the
healing properties of the jembe and how to impart this to others. Fonsiba is
a certified practitioner of Jyoti Atman, a shamanic healing practice from
India, and a member of the Seneca Wolf Clan. She gives public Healing
Sounds concerts with drums, didgeridoos, shakers, bells, vocal
chants, and Tibetan bowls and chimes. She also has a private healing
practice in Jyoti Atman/Healing Sounds.