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LA Soundscapes:
Le Ballet Dembaya

Free Event

Sun / Aug 8, 2021 - 10:00AM

Traditional West African drumming reimagined for 2021.

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About this Performance

Family is foundational for L.A. djembe collective Le Ballet Dembaya, and not just because the drummers enjoy a sibling-like bond forged in childhood. Their name means “the dance of the family” in the Soussou language of Guinea, a tribute to their parents, elders, and ancestors—in their house, everyone is moving together to the beat. The group’s West African percussion is inspired by the sounds of Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and Ivory Coast as well as contemporary African American culture, and they bend their rhythms from sweet and subtle to fiery and intense. With songs inspired by society’s indifference to the death of young Black men and the power of female influence, they prove that traditional music still speaks loudly to the present day.

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