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Diaspora Drumming (Touring from Western New York Young Audiences Affiliate)

Diaspora Drumming (Touring from Western New York Young Audiences Affiliate)

Category: Musical Arts


Diaspora Drumming is a group dedicated to the music of Africa and the African Diaspora. Members of this group have studied percussion in Cuba, Brazil, West Africa and Mexico. In addition to the pure enjoyment they experience while performing, members of Diaspora Drumming are intrigued by the many ways that drums and rhythms in Latin America are related to those in Western Africa. Everywhere in Latin America that Africans were brought as slaves, they brought their songs, rhythms, dances and culture. Africans kept the most essential parts of their culture, even as they met new people and encountered different natural resources and situations. Gradually, each Latin American culture took on its own distinctive musical styles as well as maintaining some original African influence. Ensemble members include Ringo Brill, Gabriel Gutierrez, Tiffany Nicely and Jamie Sunshine.


Grades K-12
Length 45 minutes
Cost $620 for Single Performance; $910 for Two Back to Back Performances; $1195 for Three Back to Back Performances; $910 for Single Evening or Community Event. Travel Fee Required.

Technical Requirements

Please allow one hour for set up and 30 minutes to strike. Performance area should be approximately 15'x15' or larger; Provide a flat bed cart for loading/unloading equipment and instruments, and one microphone.



Overview of Programs

  Performances and Workshops  
Echoes of Africa & Latin America
This performance includes authentic drumming from three continents (Africa, Latin America, Europe), songs, thoughtful commentary linking various threads of the African Diaspora, and invites audience participation. The ensemble can provide shows that focus on any particular region from their repertoire of West African, Brazilian, Cuban, Mexican, and Puerto Rican music. (K-12) Workshops available upon request.