Djembe Workshop with Master Drummer Dr. Djo Bi  @ San Diego Performing Arts Center, San Diego [20 March]

Djembe Workshop with Master Drummer Dr. Djo Bi

18:30 - 20:30

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San Diego Performing Arts Center
4579 Mission Gorge Pl, San Diego, California 92120
All Levels Djembe
Class Price: $40
4579 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego 92120
(Entrance to classroom is on the far side of the building).

About Master Drummer Dr. Djo Bi from the Ivory Coast
Dr. Djo Bi, 50, says he learned the traditional drumming of his Gouro ethnic group at the age of five, then learned the drumming not only of all 65 ethnic groups in Ivory Coast but also those of other West African nations. Being something of a child prodigy gave him the opportunity to join different troupes and travel widely.

After spending the early 1990s in France, teaching children West African drumming in a public-education program, Dr. Djo Bi moved to England to work on a government-funded project bringing the sunny sounds of West Africa to the gray streets of London. His reputation grew in Europe, and his peers christened him “the doctor” of drumming.

It was on this wave of success that Dr. Djo Bi came to the United States in 1997. “It was like starting over,” he says. “Nobody knew me here.”

He played where he could, such as in the New York City subway system, where he connected with Mecca Bodega, a group he would stay with for three years. In 2005 the group releasedSkin, a well-received CD. “When I met them, my life started coming back,” he says. “The group, too, became stronger. The audience saw that and responded to it.”
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