Adama Diop is part of a long lineage of Master drummers and dancers from Senegal, West Africa. The music and dance are in his blood. He has been performing Sabar and Djembe drum and dance with Sing Sing Rhythms since he was 7 years old. He began his djembe training at age 13 with his older brother Badu, who was lead drummer in the National Ballet of Senegal. Adama was a dance choreographer for Ballet Silimbo in Ecole des Artes. He performed in several clips with Youssou N'Dour. He began teaching students from Europe in 1990, before moving to Germany, in 1992. There he performed and taught djembe and sabar drum and dance for 3 years with the group Gainde.
Teacher djembe, sabar and dance
Adama has been performing and teaching throughout the US since 1999. In Santa Cruz he was part of the group Domu Africa. Adama Diop came to San Diego in 2002 where he continues to teach classes of sabar and djembe dance and drum. He also playes and dances with the group of his nephew Aziz Faye: Khaley Ngeuwel. He works together with the excellent percussionist Ousman Gueye. As the director of Diop Percu International School of African Music and Dance in California, he has much to offer of the rich traditions of West Africa.
Have a look at some of the classes and performances of Ada to get an idea.
Read more about the Diop-family on dioppercu.com.
Come join the Diop Family Griots as they unite in SENEGAL from the corners of the world for their biggest Djembe and Sabar Drum and Dance Workshop yet! It will be the first time in years that at least five of the brothers converge to produce a workshop.
The Diops, a family of seven internationally recognized musicians, are all virtuoso percussionists from the well-known family of Sabar griots “Sing Sing Rhythms”. They learned to play the DunDun, Djembe, and Sabar from the time they could walk and grew up playing together. As adults, they toured the world with Senegalese national ballets. Badou and Ibou Diop are considered two of West Africa’s Djembe greats. When all the brothers unite, the percussion reaches an infectious level of synchrony that that will move you from deep within. Visit the video section of this website for a taste. The Diops will bring in several Master dancers who live in Senegal and have performed extensively with National Ballets to teach dance class. Music and dance is always evolving, and those living in Dakar will be able to teach the latest moves.
The Diops will teach a two-hour drum class every day and drum for the master dance teachers for a two-hour daily dance class. You, the students, will decide whether to place more of an emphasis on Sabar or Djembe. For those who are only interested in learning percussion, you can drum during the dance classes, practicing the rhythms you learn in drum class.