Everyone is welcome to come together in the Seattle area to remember Abdoulaye and celebrate his life on October 23rd and 24th. Possibilities for remote viewing are being explored.
Friday night is a doundounba dance and drum celebration at Dahlak, an Eritrean restaurant Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Come make music, dance, or watch from the sidelines- but staying on the sidelines may be hard to do. Abdoulaye used to love pulling everyone into to the circle to dance at doundounba celebrations.
All Saturday activities are at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. It is less than a minute off of 90, and near public transportation. There is ample free on-site parking. The afternoon is devoted to sharing personal reflections- come share a funny story, a poem, how Abdoulaye touched you or what he meant to you.
During the dinner break we plan to provide African food for purchase so those of you who wish can be with each other during this time.
The evening consists of a tribute performance featuring folkloric groups from within and outside Seattle. You don’t need to pay to come- however we are happily accepting admission donations to help defray the costs of the memorial. If funds exceed event costs, they will go to Abdoulaye’s family. Manimou Camara from Dounia Djembe is coordinating the performance. If you/your group would like to perform a piece, please get in touch with him as soon as possible.
We will have commemorative t-shirts and Abdoulaye’s DVDs and CD for sale at the memorial. If you can’t make it to the memorial and want a way to keep Abdoulaye close to you, you can order through our website. Orders will be fulfilled in October.
Abdoulaye loved to bring people together. Please join us as we remember and celebrate his life.