Drummers of West Africa Perform in Concert Hall Saturday

Posted: November 13, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Drummers of West Africa led by Doudou N’Diaye Rose are arguably the most revered percussion orchestra in the world. Rose’s musical talent and energetic flair for performance has won him international celebrity. He has collaborated and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel and more. His 35-member ensemble, all members of Rose’s family, will appear at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, takes place on the Grand Tier at 7:15 p.m.

Rose has researched the structure of African drumming, preserving in his compositions the musical traditions of his native Senegal. He has also expanded this tradition, developing more than 500 new rhythms and even inventing new drums. His Drummers of West Africa incorporate traditional dance and song into percussive symphonies that are both visibly and musically stunning. Now in his 70s, Rose still takes to the stage with youthful vigor, leading his ensemble like a disciplined conductor and strutting like a rock star.

Tickets are $38, $30, and $19. All children under 12 are admitted for half price. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit tickets.com.

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