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Djembe Drum Music
Djembe Drum Music

Yaya Diallo Interrupts the Silence


Introduction

Very often I'm asked to write articles on the subject of drum music. During my 20 years of experience as an instructor of drumming and dance in Africa, Europe, Asia, U.S.A., Canada and the Antilles I always avoided the ambiguous subjects. One day I said to myself, "Enough, it's enough! Stop the massacre." I have my share of responsibility and guilt in the tragedy that we are
living today regarding African percussion. I am going to write a series of articles with the frankness and honesty of style for which I am known. I assure you there will be tears and grinding of teeth over some of the reading. Too bad for the lame ducks!


The following is a list of subjects to be covered:

1. Djembe and Djembefola
2. The Djembe Gangsters
3. Percussion and AIDS
4. The Drum Mafia
5. Percussion and African dance – A Deaf Dialogue
6. African Percussion and Racism
7. Miscellaneous Questions

Note: Do not count on me for a request to offer a public apology or to take back my statements. This will never happen.

To all who are listening … Greetings!

NB: Yaya Diallo's introduction to the forthcoming series of articles is translated from the original French to English by Stephen
Conroy, Producer, Onzou Records, http://www.onzou.com .

Onzou Records will be making the above articles available on a site created for news, articles, and communication with Yaya Diallo at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/yaya_diallo .


FREE COPY OF YAYA DIALLO'S UPCOMING ALBUM LIVE AT CLUB SODA – OFFER VALID ONLY DURING AUGUST 2003:

Internet record distributor CD Baby is promoting a compilation CD comprising of the top 100 sellers for the month of August. In return
for your support, Onzou Records is making a FREE offer of Yaya Diallo's upcoming album Live at Club Soda planned for release in Oct-Nov, 2003.

Puchase Yaya Diallo's classic debut instrumental album Nangapè of African drumming, balafon and flute music at CD Baby, http://www.cdbaby.com/yayadiallo , during the month of August and send an email to Onzou Records, info@onzou.com, notifying us before
September of your participation in this offer and we will send you a copy of Yaya Diallo's new album Live at Club Soda absolutely FREE
upon it's release!

Elder Yaya Diallo, master drummer, musician, singer, composer, teacher, author and tour guide to Mali, West Africa will release his upcoming album Live at Club Soda recorded in 1989 with his band Kanza. This album features saxophone, electric violin, bass and lead guitars, drum set, vocals and traditional African drums.with a sound
reminiscent of 1950's rock-n-roll and blues.

Live at Club Soda Free Offer valid only during the month of August, 2003 in conjunction with a purchase of Yaya Diallo's Nangapè album through CD Baby.

Order now at CD Baby, http://www.cdbaby.com/yayadiallo .

Thank you.

Stephen

Stephen Conroy, Producer/Manager
Yaya Diallo's West African Music
Onzou Records, http://www.onzou.com



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