2009 numerous Jumbie Records ensembles engaged in workshops and
residencies with students in public schools, colleges and universities.
As part of its US tour, the Saakumu Dance Troupe
worked with students at Williams College, Gustavus Adolphus College,
Ithaca College - introducing them to traditional dance and music of
At Oakland University, members of Biakuye organized "World Percussion Day," consisting of six workshops and an evening concert. This powerful event brought together seven master drummers, from a wide-range of percussion traditions, to consider the vital role of rhythm in our world. Click here to watch a short video from the event.
In a special dual residency at West Virginia State University, both Imaginary Homeland and the Bernard Woma Ensemble presented a series of concerts and workshops for high school and college students, focused on American jazz, African xylophone music, and innovative new compositions combining the two. Student band members workshopped a new version of David Rogers' composition "The World Is Not Your Home," and later joined the musicians from both bands onstage for a hip-shaking dance conclusion to the final concert.
Back in New York City, Jumbie artists reached out to the immigrant Guinean community in the wake of a coup followed by a massacre and an assassination attempt on the president. The US Guinean community staged several large, energetic rallies. Jumbie partner Raul Rothblatt organized a musical event in Harlem featuring Jumbie artists Kakande. This was a powerful moment for music to play a unifying role, and Kakande contributed a much-needed note of joy to a highly charged situation. It was a proud moment for Kakande to stand with all of the regions and ethnic groups of Guinea to work for democracy and peace.
Watch a YouTube video of Kakande at the concert for peace and unity in Guinea here.