African Drumming

Abdoulaye Sylla and company showcase Guinean drumming and dance

I set up my GoPro at the floor level to videotape a performance by Guinean master dancer and drummer Abdoulaye Sylla and his troupe of fellow Guinean percussionists. I then caught a frame of the videotape and turned it into a still. I think the GoPro lends a style all its own music and dance recording. And, as usual, I enjoyed the show of the many fine West African artists who call the Seattle area home. This is just for fun.

Monette Marino leads Guinean drumming classes in Seattle

I had the good fortune of stumbling on master drummer/percussionist/musician Monette Marino yesterday. She taught some amazing classes at the World Rhythm Festival in Seattle over the April 5-6 weekend. Jump to 1:40 to catch some of her riffs; all were smoking hot. Her enthusiasm was contagious and the energy in the room was pulsing. This was filmed with a GoPro (still experimenting with it for many settings), using a consumer-level and portable external mic. This low-tech set up does not do her musicality and energy justice. Her classes focussed on several rhythms from Guinea. Catch her in concert or get one of her classes if you can. Her web site is: She really honors the traditions she has absorbed.