Jembe Masterclass at MSU

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Bassidi Kone presented a jembe masterclass on November 4, 2016 for percussion students in Dr. Jason Baker's studio. The class provided a unique opportunity for MSU percussion students to experience the rich drumming culture of Mali.  The class included demonstrations by Bassidi Kone on jembe and bala (xylophone), hands-on drumming techniques and rhythms, and time for Q&A. 

Bassidi Koné is of Bwa ethnicity from the Segou region in Mali. Born into a Griot family, Bassidi grew up beside his father’s instrument, the balafon, instilling in him his forefather’s traditional village songs and rhythms. After moving to Bamako at thirteen, Bassidi met Koninba Bagayogo, a meeting that profoundly influenced his musical career as a percussionist. Playing alongside this master djembe player, the young Bassidi extended his knowledge and skill, distinguishing himself through his innovative solo lead playing and technical virtuosity.

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