African Drum Masters Unite in Minneapolis

The 8th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project took place May 29-31 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center

This year’s festival was called Wontanara (We Are United). Wontanara brought together dancers and master drummers from throughout the Twin Cities and areas of West Africa. With master classes over two days and an evening live performance, this gathering displayed the growth of traditional African dance and percussion in the Twin Cities.

Master drummer Fode Bangoura  is considered to be one of the leading djembefolas of his generation. He is co-founder of the Duniya Drum and Dance with community members from throughout the Twin Cities.  He stopped by KFAI to talk with Janis Lane-Ewart on The Morning Blend. 


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