WEST AFRICAN DANCE

Ibrahima Kolipe Camara.

Share the rhythms, sounds and movements of West African dance from Guinea with Ibrahima “Kolipe” Camara and the Les Ballet d’Afrique dance company on Sept. 10 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Kolipe began his study of the djembe at the age of 10 with Yamoussa Camara of the National Ballets: Les Ballets Africains and Les Merveilles De Guinee. Under Yamoussa’s guidance he traveled through out the regions of Guinea, learning the different types of musical instruments, rhythms and dances from Guinea’s many ethnic groups.

In 1992, Kolipe jonied Les Merveilles De Guinee, working with the world reknowned director and choreographer, Mohammed Kemoko Sano. After 3 years with Merveilles, he joined Le Solei D’Afrique “The Sun of Africa,” and toured out of Africa, playing in Belgium as a lead percussionist.

After his international tour with Le Solei D’AFrique, Kolipe took his own artistry to another level & created the group Zanga Zanga. In 2000, Ibrahima Kolipe Camara joined Les Ballets Africains, the internationally recognized representatives of West African Culture, and the highest level of accomplishment for a Guinean percussionist.

As a lead drummer for the Ballet, Kolipe toured throughout Africa and the United States. Since 2005, he has been living in New York; teaching, touring, and performing with several talented groups, continually pleasing crowds as a dynamic musician with a powerfully positive presence.

Don’t miss this explosive performance, joined by former members of Les Merveilles and les Ballets.

Made possible by the Tiger Baron Foundation and in part, with public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New City Council in addition to the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. Presented in cooperation with Circuit Productions/Susan Goldbetter, producer.

Location: 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn.

Subway: 3 to Kingston; or A/C to Nostrand; or C to Kingston/Throop.

Bus: B43 or B44 to St. Mark’s Avenue; or B25, B45, or B65 to Brooklyn Avenue.

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