The Edeyo Foundation is partnering with Rhythm N Dance to bring you a day of dance and drum workshops to continue our support of the Joyous Heart School in Port-Au-Prince Haiti.
The event will be located in the heart of Brooklyn, at the Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance, located at 558 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor (near Flatbush Ave.) Brooklyn, NY 11217.
We will start the event off with a drum class by the Griot Medoune Yacine “Dame” Gueye.
“Dame Gueye”- Born in Colobane Dakar Senegal , Medoune is the son of a great “Griot”-Abdou Karim Gueye, who not only was instrumental in his drum training, but also instilled a great sense of pride for his country and a love for its traditions. As a Senegalese “Griot” Mr. Gueye is well known for his proficiency and unique technique in several indigenous drum styles and rhythms. He has created compositions and arrangements of traditional drum rhythms for several choirs, African dance companies, theatrical productions, local contemporary
musicians and university dance departments across the nation and abroad. To his credit, in 1998 he premiered his first CD, of a series, entitled, “Djinfoly”.
Dame’s drum class will be followed by a West African Dance class taught by Rhythm N Dance’s own Kevin McEwen.
A native of Brooklyn New York, Kevin’s love for dance and culture goes back to the early days of break dancing and reggae dancehall competitions across the city. After relocating to the Washington DC area, it is here where he first saw KanKouran West African Dance Company perform at a Black History month event in 2001. After meeting KanKouran’s founder and Artistic Director, Assane Konte, Kevin was invited to community class, where he learned many of the various techniques from Senior Company Members and then joined the senior company after two years of apprenticeship. Kevin’s dance career with KanKouran gave him a foundation in West African dance, which has proved invaluable as he broadened his dance repertoire by studying under dance masters to include Afro Cuban, Afro Jazz, and various Modern/Contemporary
We hope to see you all out there, so spread the word and we’ll see YOU on the dancefloor!!