Old Carriage House, 21/07/2019
Adama Dramé celebrating his over 50 years on stage, is considered one of the best African drummers ever. He was born in Nouna, Burkina Faso in 1954, into a family of musicians and griot storytellers from father to son. Of Malinke culture, he became a professional at the age of twelve thanks to his father, himself a griot. Adama Dramé quickly became a djembe virtuoso, performing first in Burkina Faso and then throughout West Africa and the World.
The djembe is one of West Africa's best known instruments. This goblet-shaped drum is traditionally carved from a single piece of African hardwood and topped with an animal skin as a drumhead. The djembe is said to have been invented in the 12th Century by the Mandinke tribe in what is now Mali. It has been played by West Africans for generations forming an integral part of ritualistic life in Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Senegal and other neighbouring West African countries.
Adama's international career took a new start in 1979, with his first European and world tours (Switzerland, Germany, the West Indies, Kenya, Mauritius, the United States...). In 1990, he created the Foliba troupe in Bouaké, Ivory Coast, with 35 artists, and supervised their artistic creations.
Adama Dramé continues his international career, and collaborates with many renowned artists, such as pianist Marc Vella, the street theatre company Royal De Luxe, Les Percussions de Strasbourg or the late Doudou N'Diaye Rose.
The style of Adam Dramé is derived from the traditional way of drumming in African Malinke music. However, it is so personal and innovative in its own way that it is difficult to clearly assign it to the universal style in West Africa. You can hear unusual richness and variety of subtle articulated sounds in Adama's music. The djembe drum is often called the piano of African drums, and Adama Dramé's way of playing has definitely contributed to this.
The concert in Old Carriage house will be a unique opportunity to commune with the art of one of the greatest living masters of African drumming.
Adama Dramé – djembe, voice