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New class Elich Garcia + Antonio and Delou this weekend
1 April 2010, 9:25 AM
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Elich Garcia and Antonio just arrived from Spain and they have set up a class schedule at Silva’s Studio.
[5533 Lagorce Dr Miami beach, FL] Starting this Saturday from 11 to 1, they will cover a variety of African rhythm as well as some latin music.
I’m going to go this weekend to check it out. Class cost $10.

Delou continues with ther ongoing class as the LITTLE HAITI CULTURAL CENTER [212 – 260 NE 59 TERRACE MIAMI FL 33137]
Balafon class (please give 24 hour notice if attending) instructed by Ibrahima Dioubate/Guinea -1:00pm-2:00pm – class cost $25.00
Djembe/djun-djun/percussion instruted by special guest Mohamed Camara/Guinea – 2:00pm-3:00pm – class cost $10.00
Dance class instructed by delou africa – 3:00pm-4:30pm -(minimum fee $5.00)

See you there!

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Mad Hatter Sidewalk Drum Circle

mad hatter festival coconut grooveMad Hatter Sidewalk Drum Circle, Saturday, November 14, 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm. Grand Ave across from The Mayfair in Coconut Grove
2982 Grand Ave (on the sidewalk in that general area) Coconut Grove,
Bring yourself, bring your drum, Bring your dancing feet! Come and lay your rhythms down, ‘Cause we’re taking it to the street!

Seating and shelter are provided by the Mad Hatter Art Festival.
This is an Open Drum Circle – drums, flutes, zils and hoops are welcome.
Also this weekend, Delou African Ensemble continues classes at FIU campus and like every weekend Broward drum circle.

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Virginia Key drum circle and more…
15 October 2009, 9:54 AM
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Virginia Key drum circle,Sunday October 18th at 2 Pm.4020 Virginia Beach Drive

This sunday Delou continues its classes at the FIU campus building #2.
Balaphon at 1:30, drums at 2:30, dance class at 3:45

West African Dance & Drum Class Saturday October 17 at 4:00 pm at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22 Ave, Miami, FL 33142
I’m planning to go to Virginia Key, hope to see you there!

Dance Fabrique – Delou Performance and classes – Djonga Kembe
4 December 2008, 1:06 PM
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Delou african ensemble presentation

Friday Dec 5, 2008. 8pm
DANCE FABRIQUE is the story of true love set against the backdrop of  social and family values in a West African community.  Traditional Guinea rhythms, songs and dances provide a colorful and musical narrative which begins with the initial attraction between the young man and woman, the coming together of two families, culminating in the joyful celebration of a marriage party with the bride and groom, family and the entire village. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Free for children 3 years and younger.

Saturday Dec 6, Delou African ensemble will be performing at the The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida, 33132, the event is call Family Fest.  Performance time is 1pm-1:30pm.

SUNDAY December 7,2008 – 3000 NE 151 St. Miami Fl.
FIU Biscayne Campus Academic 2 Bldg. Rm. 220 (305) 978-3866 (305) 807-0398
BALAFON: 1:30PM-2:30PM    (Extra balafons available)  ($25.00)
DRUM: 2:30-4:00PM                    ($15.00)
DANCE:  4:00-5:30PM                 ($12.00)

Friday December 5, 2008
Drum Circle with the Djonga Kembe Drum Collective – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Miami Art Space. NW 16 Street between NW 2nd & 3rd Avenues. Requirements: Bring your drums, Bring your goood vibes, Bring your dancing feet 😀

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Matthew Hill – Delou african ensemble musical director video interview

Matthew Hill is the musical director of Delou african ensemble. Delou was created by Njeri Plato-Dioubate in 1987. One of its main objectives was to portrait and preserver African culture and music, traditional and contemporary in this side of the Atlantic.

Matthew took some time after extensive playing that afternoon to do this interview. He talks about his musical background, some of his colleagues and teachers, performing as a djembe player as well as his experience in Africa.
Press play to play

If you’re interested to know more about Delou, check their website or attend any of their classes at FIU Biscayne campus Sunday’s afternoon.
[Balpahon, drums and dance classes are announced at as well as at]

Drum and dance activities this weekend…

Djembe playing drumm circleFrom Mark:
Saturday 4 – 6pm – free
Broward Drum Circle at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek – Broward County has some of the best drummers in South Florida, and this is the best place to find them on a Saturday afternoon. The site is sheltered, so the circle rocks even in a downpour. I come up from Miami, and it’s always worth the trip. I plan to be there early to warm up.

Sunday 2-ish till 6-ish – free
Oak Grove Park Drum Circle at 159 St & NE 6 Ave in Miami, across the lake from the parking lot & playground. This is a young circle with a distinctly Haitian flavor. There are more good (really good) drummers than there are drums, so bring extras if you have them. There is some seating; but you may want to bring your own. If you want to bring kids, the playground is great (LOTS of kids – all playing very seriously); but it is across the lake from the drum circle, so if you feel that you have to be right next to your kids when they play you may not be comfortable.Also notice th “ish” on the times. I have arrived a couple of time and not heard any drumming; but as soon as I start warming up, a group materializes (as if they were just waiting for me – made me feel quite special).

Saturday 3/29 Harambee West African dance class 3:00 – 4:30PM – suggested donation $5
17030 S Dixie Hwy Perrine, FL Drummers who know Kuku, Sorsonet, Lamba, Manjani are invited

Sunday 3/30 Delou Africa Community Dance Class – 3 PM at FIU Biscayne Campus Academic 2 Bldg, North Miami, FL in the second floor studio Please arrive at 3 PM, ready to start warm up. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the beginning of class.No matter what you do, have fun playing in this wonderful weather down here in South Florida!

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