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Mohamed Diaby

Mohamed Diaby is an acclaimed musician from Guinea, West Africa! He and his ensemble give rousing performances of the traditional music and dance/acrobatics from that region. Mohamed is also an adept teacher of Guinea-style African drum and dance, with 25 years of experience teaching students of varying ages and ability levels. Mohamed began playing the djembe at age seven, under the supervision of his elder brother Moustapha. By fifteen, he was asked to join a group sponsored by the wife of Guinea’s famous President Sekou Toure. Encouraged to continue by world-famous djembefola Mamady Keita, Mohamed joined Africa Djole, led by Fode Yulla. Mohamed later joined Les Merveilles de Guinée as the lead drummer and toured all over West Africa, including Sierra Leone where he stayed for five years. While Mohamed was still away from home, Kemoko Sano, Artistic Director of the world-famous troupe Les Ballet Africains, approached Mohamed’s father saying, “When your son returns, I want him to join my group because I love his drumming!!” So, Mohamed also spent time training with Les Ballets Africains before leaving for the US. In April of 1995, Mohamed arrived in America to play at New York City’s Symphony Space and within a few years he was in Atlanta directing Africa Sogaye, a Guinea-style Dance and Drum Troupe, as well as organizing Atlanta’s annual WAH WAH Drum and Dance Conference.

Programs

Guinea-Style Dance Workshop

Greetings from Guinea

Guinea-Style Drum Workshops