Center for the Arts Presents Drummers of West Africa

Posted: February 24, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Doudou N’diaye Rose travels the world giving concerts, composing music, and collaborating with some of the most innovative musicians alive today, including Peter Gabriel, the Rolling Stones, and Miles Davis. His Drummers of West Africa–35 dancers, musicians, and singers, all members of his family–perform the traditional music of their homeland on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. An artistic discussion precedes the performance in the IOAsis coffee lounge at 7:15 p.m.

Rose is a guardian of tradition, ever conscious of the traditional African rhythms and respectful of the strict conditions under which they should be interpreted. Rose also is an innovator, always experimenting with technique and composition. The evening’s program includes Baifall, traditional drumming by 35 musicians, Rosettes, a piece featuring 20 musicians and a call-and-response directed by Rose, and Saouroubas, highlighting the ladies’ chorus. The group is clothed in colorful native costumes, providing a visually stunning performance as they move and create their music.

Tickets are $36 to $25. To charge by phone, call 218-6500. For more information, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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