Upcoming workshop March 2017

Master Drummer Dr. Djo Bi from the Ivory Coast

Monday, March 20, 6:30-8:00pm — $40
All-Levels Djembe Workshop 

San Diego Performing Arts Center
4579 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, CA 92120

Master Drummer Dr. Djo Bi from the Ivory Coast

Tuesday, March 21, 8:00-9:30pm — $35
All-Levels Djembe Workshop 

Dance North County
535 Encinitas Blvd., suite 103
Eninitas, CA 92024

About Master Drummer Dr. Djo Bi from the Ivory Coast

Dr. Djo Bi, 50, says he learned the traditional drumming of his Gouro ethnic group at the age of five, then learned the drumming not only of all 65 ethnic groups in Ivory Coast but also those of other West African nations. Being something of a child prodigy gave him the opportunity to join different troupes and travel widely.

Dr Djo Bi showing off his skills at The Lodge in downtown Bloomington.

After spending the early 1990s in France, teaching children West African drumming in a public-education program, Dr. Djo Bi moved to England to work on a government-funded project bringing the sunny sounds of West Africa to the gray streets of London. His reputation grew in Europe, and his peers christened him “the doctor” of drumming.
It was on this wave of success that Dr. Djo Bi came to the United States in 1997. “It was like starting over,” he says. “Nobody knew me here.”

He played where he could, such as in the New York City subway system, where he connected with Mecca Bodega, a group he would stay with for three years. In 2005 the group releasedSkin, a well-received CD. “When I met them, my life started coming back,” he says. “The group, too, became stronger. The audience saw that and responded to it.”