West African drumming and dance concert set for Feb. 11

The high-energy Sogbety Diomande troupe will perform at Northeast State on Tuesday, Feb. 11 for a night of West African drumming and dance with colorful costumes, masks, and native rhythms and songs.

Sogbety Diomande was born in the village of Toufinga, a small African farming community located in the Northwest region of the Ivory Coast near the border of Guinea. He started his career as a drummer and dancer at a very early age. He has toured with Ballet National de Cote d’Ivoire; been a member of Kotchegna Dance Company, Mask Dance Company, and has been featured with many troupes in New York City and around the U.S.

Sogbety Diomonde.
Sogbety Diomonde.

Diomande moved to North America permanently in December 1997 and found his niche in New York City. He was featured as the lead djembe drummer on cult legend Jimmy Buffett’s No Passport Required tour. He has also toured with Jim Donovan’s Drum the Ecstatic, which included performances and workshops at schools, universities, festivals, and other venues.

Diomande hosts the annual West African Celebration where he brings master drummers and dancers together in rural Ohio to teach and perform at his three-day drum and dance camp.

The free performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The production is part of Northeast State’s commemoration of Black History Month throughout February. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.

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