Experience the high energy excitement of West African drumming, dancing and singing! "Agalu" means 'Spirit of the Drum". This Nigerian Cultural Troupe recreates the joyous vitality of the colorful continent's ceremonial celebrations for American audiences. You will learn basic technics of drumming, hands patterns, drum language and rhythms. Everyone is welcome to join in. Private classes are also available, learn traditional and contemporary African music on the Djembe, DunDun, Ashiko, Talking and Bata drum, Shekere and Agogo (bell).
Drumming and dance workshops will be conducted by the Agalu Heritage Drum and Dance Association of Erin Osun which is comprised of members of the Iyaloja clan of traditional drummers - they number approximately 200 people, to which Akeems family belongs. Classes will be organized daily at two hourly stretches, in the morning and evening. There will be classes arranged in drumming, dancing, and song.
Agalu is led by Akeem Ayanniyi, who is the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum. Ayanniyi, from the Western Nigerian town of Erin Oshun near the historic art center of Oshogbo, has been performing since the age of five and has toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States as a performer and teacher. He settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1993 and founded Agalu in 1998.
The other members of Agalu include Nigerian percussionists Ayo Adeyemi, Tunde Ojeyemi and Gasali Adeyemo who expertly play djembe, djun djun, ashiko and bata drums. Accomplished masquerade dancer, Femi Adebayo makes magic from inside fantastic masked costumes. Jamilat Ilesanmi and Sassy Ross bring audiences to their feet with infectiously energetic dance performances. Many of Agalu's members are also traditional textile artists who use their skill to create the troupe's colorful costumes.
There will be time allowed for extra curricular activities like batic making, wood carving and sight seeing in Oshogbo and the sorrounding. Other activities including night life will take place in the larger city of Oshogbo, which is the largest city of Osun state and situated inland in the southwest of Nigeria.
Visitors will be accommodated in the modern house that Akeems family has built outside Oshogbo in the village of Ofatedo. The house includes electricity and running water. Beds will be provided, but guests should bring their own linen. Windows are fitted with wire screens. Food will be included in the accommodation. The staple diet consists of yam, rice, beans, and chile stew. Vegetables and fruits are available and arrangements can be made for vegetarians. Bottled water will be available at all times.
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Our company is led by Akeem Ayanniyi, who is the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum. Ayanniyi has been performing since the age of five and has toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States as a performer and teacher. He settled in Santa Fe, New...
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