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West African Drumming Workshop

Tuesday, Jul 9th
12:00 pm
- 1:30 pm

Price: $12 - $27
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Learning Center at Meow Wolf
1352 Rufina Circle
Santa Fe, NM 87507 United States
Ages: All Ages
Phone: 505-395-6369
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West African Drumming Workshop

In Association with International Folk Art Market

with Instructor, Akeem Ayanniyi



Experience the high energy excitement of
West African drumming, dancing and singing! 
“Agalu” means ‘Spirit of the Drum”.
This Nigerian Cultural Troupe
recreates the joyous vitality
of the colorful continent’s ceremonial celebrations
for American audiences.

Agalu is led by Akeem Ayanniyi, who is the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum. Ayanniyi, from the Western Nigerian town of Erin Oshun near the historic art center of Oshogbo, has been performing since the age of five and has toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States as a performer and teacher. He settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1993 and founded Agalu in 1998.

The other members of Agalu include Nigerian percussionists Ayo Adeyemi, Tunde Ojeyemi and Gasali Adeyemo who expertly play djembe, djun djun, ashiko and bata drums. Accomplished masquerade dancer, Femi Adebayo makes magic from inside fantastic masked costumes. Jamilat Ilesanmi and Sassy Ross bring audiences to their feet with infectiously energetic dance performances. Many of Agalu’s members are also traditional textile artists who use their skill to create the troupe’s colorful costumes.

Agalu has performed at:
Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Detroit Historical Museum
National Black Theater, Harlem, New York
New Mexico State Capitol Building
Texas State Capitol Building
University of Iowa
Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa
Televised performance for Northern Arizona University
University of the Virgin Islands
Santa Fe Community College
Camp Verde Performing Arts Center, Arizona
Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
College of Santa Fe
Clovis Community College
University of Wisconsin, Racine
Railyard Performance Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Children’s Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ethnic Fair, Clovis/Curry County, New Mexico
Cultural Festival, Amarillo, Texas
Arts Festivals: New Mexico, Massachusetts, Indiana, Arizona
Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Festival for the Goddess of Clay, Gloucester, Massachusetts
New Mexico State Fair
Ifa Foundation of North America
Afrikadey!, Calgary, Canada
Odunde Festival, Seattle, Washington
Heritage Days Festival, St. Helena Island, South Carolina
Remo Recreational Music Center, North Hollywood, CA
International Museum of Culture, Dallas, TX
Material Culture, Philadelphia, PA
University of New Mexico Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque, NM BB King’s Blues Club, Universal City, CA
Motherland Music, Los Angeles, CA
Drum is the Voice of the Tree Festival, College of Santa Fe
Outside In, Santa Fe, NM,
Oya Festival, Club Algeria, Santa Fe
Santa Fe Jazz & International Music Festival, Lensic Performing Arts Center