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The African Drumming of Mali with Master Joh Camara

Thursday, September 24, 2020
TIME: 7pm - 8:30pm LOCATION: Online CONTACT: Reference Desk, 617.898.4964

This will be an entertaining and educational live musical event streamed to our Facebook page.  It will not be shown via Zoom and viewing information will be Emailed to you on the day of the program.

Drummer and dance instructor Joh Camara will present a fascinating program on the culture of Mali.  As a Master of dance and drumming, Mr. Camara will be working with his son, Tiemoko, and they will demonstrate the rhythms and music of the great West African nation.  Sidi Mohamed “Joh” Camara grew up in Bamako, Mali where dance, music and song are an integral part of everyday life.  Birth, death, marriage, and initiations are all celebrated with specific dances and songs.  Joh grew up surrounded by musicians, praise singers, and storytellers.  He began his formal training with Mouvement Pionnier, and then went on to work with Troupe Sewa and Troupe Districte de Bamako before relocating to the United States in 1996.

Joh’s research has taken him all over Mali to see the dances in their purest form in the ceremonies of which they are a part.  He had an FY17 apprenticeship which focused on learning four dances, and the songs that accompany them.  He played the djun djun (bass, barrel drum) and the djembe (hand drum) accompaniment.  In 2018, Camara was awarded a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in the Traditional Arts.  He has presented programs at Brown, Princeton, Brandeis, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Washington University, and many other academic institutions.  He currently teaches in numerous Boston Public Schools and other public and private schools and community centers.  He also collaborates with organizations such as the Boston Ballet, Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra, and more.  Joh has also presented at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

Advance registration for this virtual concert is required and viewing information will be Emailed to you on the day of the program.  Signup starts here on September 3rd.  This program is kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

You can register here beginning September 3!

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