A lively, fun, and supportive atmosphere creates a great learning environment for African drumming. Students are taught the correct sounds and technique of the djembe and dunduns, as well as specific accompaniment rhythms and even learn solo phrases. Students will get the history, cultural significance, and traditions of the music and its people and leave with a solid feeling of a specific rhythm from Guinea, West Africa.
Mangue Sylla was born in Conakry, Guinea in and started playing music at the age of 7. Although he is Susu, he learned the traditional Malinke music on the Sangban from a group of master Malinke drummers. This gave him a great foundation in the music and the ability to progress quickly.
In 1993 Mangue joined the well known ballet troupe: "Les Merveilles de Guinee”. This provided him the opportunity to travel throughout Africa and study under the leadership of the late great Kemoko Sano. In 1998 Mangue moved to the US and has made quite a name for himself. He keeps a busy schedule performing, and teaching at most major dance conferences nationwide. He also works with numerous organizations including, but not limited to: Alvin Ailey Arts in Ed, Wula Drum and Dance NYC, Drum Cafe, Marylin's Bamdulaye, and Nandy's Sankofa Kuumba Cac (summer program for children).
Recently, Mangue starred in a new Off Broadway production: The Legend of Yuana. They debuted at BAM in February, 2015, and have hopes of going on to Broadway.
One 2-hour Class with Michael Markus
Wula hosts Open Level Djembe & Dundun Class at our shop in Astoria. Teachers throughout the year include: Michael Markus, M'Bemba Bangoura, Mangue Sylla, & Special Artists.
Explore new rhythms! In this 1-day intensive, students will proceed to learn various West African rhythms and how to play the Djembe, Dun Dun Sangban and Kenkeni. This intensive is open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced musicians.
Dates: July 24th
All sessions will be held from 11am to 5pm at our main space around the corner of Times Square.