Lamine Sonko

Lamine Sonko

African dancing and singing
Unlimited numbers – open for all
Learning African dance involves moving your body in strong, energetic and rhythmic ways and African singing is likewise a whole body and mind experience. This is not about how you look and sound – it is about how you move and sing with high spirit, joy, energy, power, and how genuinely you connect with the stories that are being told through the movements and words. With bare feet and the sounds of traditional African drums for accompaniment, you will fully connect with the ground and rhythmic beats, telling stories of culture and life through your body and voice. You can choose to only dance, only sing or do both!

African drumming
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In West African cultural traditions, drumming is an important vessel of communication and expression. Stories from the past are brought to the present through rhythm. By exploring history and origins, dance music and song represent a powerful collective identity. In this workshop you will therefore not only learn drumming techniques and rhythms, but also about the culture and traditions behind them.
 

Lamine Sonko was recently named “Best Artist” at the Victorian African Community Awards in 2013, recognising his significant contribution to the arts and music in Australia. Born into a family of ‘Griots’ – otherwise known as ‘Culture Keepers’, family and culture merged for Lamine during his childhood in Senegal where he grew up in a household full of music and dance. His father, Bouly Sonko, was the director of Le Ballet National du Senegal for over three decades and his mother, Youmi Sonko, was the first solo dancer in this world-renowned company. The duty of Griots is to bring people together, strengthen communities and ensure that traditional culture is passed on through the generations. Continuing the ancient Griot tradition of inheriting culture through family, Lamine still learns music from his father by listening to him sing down the phone line. As part of his many ventures, Lamine created the Dimbaya Drum and Dance community in Australia and heads his band Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence.

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