ONEONTA, N.Y. -- On March 24 and 25, SUNY Oneonta will host African drum and dance master M'Bemba Bangoura. Renowned as a performer and teacher, Bangoura will conduct a community drumming and dancing workshop from 8-10 p.m. on March 24. He will present some of his works in a drumming performance on March 25 at 8:30 p.m. Both events will take place in the Center for Multicultural Experiences in Lee Hall on the college's campus. Admission to each is complimentary, and community members are invited to attend.
A native of Guinea, West Africa, Bangoura began drumming as a child. By age 21, he was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the most respected ballet company in Guinea at that time.
Bangoura moved to the United States in 1992, and remains one of the foremost ambassadors for Guinean drum and dance and a sought after choreographer. He has been an integral part of most major drum and dance conferences nationwide and has instructed hundreds of students, many who now are teachers.
Bangoura's appearance at SUNY Oneonta is sponsored in part by an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) grant and by the college's Public Events Committee. For additional information regarding his performance or workshop, contact Veronica Diver of the SUNY Oneonta Africana and Latino Studies Department at (607) 436-3449.