Abdoulaye Announces 2013 Trip to Guinea

Abdoulaye is announcing this 2013 trip to Guinea will be January 6-20, 2013.  This exciting cultural immersion program will have you dancing and/or drumming daily with personalized instruction, enjoying the beauty of the beautiful fishing village in Boffa, swimming in secluded coves on the tropical island of Fotoba (Abdoulaye’s birthplace) and relaxing on the beautiful beach in Bel Air.  Watch ballet rehearsals, check out local clubs, shop in the market place. Experience  the vital role traditional music and dance still play in daily life. Make new friends.  Learn some Susu. Delicious cuisine will be prepared by members of Abdoulaye’s family.  Learn more at http://oneworldartsexchange.com/trips-and-tours/ .

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Abdoulaye Sylla memorial fund and holiday gifts


Abdoulaye Sylla Memorial Fund Established                        ab finger solo

It has been quite a year. Abdoulaye’s passing was a huge shock and devastating loss, leaving a hole in our hearts and our lives. But he left so much more than that. He left us with our memories of his warmth and his humor, of his talent and his caring. He left us with his commitment to building family and community and bringing people together in a tapestry of mutual respect, joy, strength, and harmony. He left us a legacy of love and generosity; he was an example of how to live and love with a giving heart.

Guinea Exchange, the non-profit organization that assisted us with our Beyond Ebola benefit last year, has agreed to partner with us to establish the Abdoulaye Sylla Memorial Fund.

As many of you know, Abdoulaye was devoted to his family in Guinea. His extended family counted on us to meet many of their basic needs, such as food, housing, medical care, and education. Although Abdoulaye is gone, their needs persist. The Guinea Exchange Abdoulaye Sylla Memorial Fund will serve as a vehicle for tax-deductible donations to continue to help provide for Abdoulaye’s family in Guinea. Our dollars go a long way in making a difference in their lives.

$20 feeds Abdoulaye’s household in Guinea for 1 day

$30 pays for a month of after-school tutoring for five children

$40 pays for 100 pounds of rice

$100 pays for a clinic visit and a typical course of medicine

$200 pays for a year of school fees/uniform/school supplies for one child

$600 feeds Abdoulaye’s household in Guinea for 1 month

Donations may be made through Guinea Exchange’s website at http://www.guineaexchange.org/ or via checks sent to: Guinea Exchange, 35 South Willson, Bozeman, MT 59715. Checks should be made to Guinea Exchange. Be sure to indicate “Abdoulaye Sylla” on your check memo line. If you make an on-line donation, when you are in the “review your donation screen” you can click on the “Designate your program here (optional) line and write in Abdoulaye. They will be updating their website in the near future, making it easier to designate your donation. Gifts may be made in honor or in memory of someone. One hundred percent of your donation will help Abdoulaye’s family.

During this holiday s3shirts-abdoulayeeason, please consider making a tribute gift to the Abdoulaye Sylla Memorial Fund. You can also give yourself or others holiday gifts that keep Abdoulaye present. We still have Abdoulaye’ traditional music CD, his “Guinee Faree” dance instruction DVD, and his “Doundoun Dance Workout” instruction DVD available. Abdoulaye Sylla memorial T-Shirts and tank tops are also available. DVDs, CDs, and T-shirts can be ordered through our website at www.danceanddrum.com. (Gifts will not arrive in time for Chanukah. DVDs and CDs will arrive in time for Christmas if ordered by 12/17. T-shirt/tank top arrival will Doundoun Dance Workout DVDdepend on if we have size in stock or need to order.)    dvd front cover oneworldCDcover






As the year draws to a close, I encourage you to take the time to reflect on and appreciate the blessings in your life, and all the ways you are a blessing to others. I hope 2016 brings you health and happiness, the fulfillment of your wishes and many unexpected joys.

Happy Holidays


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Memorial Remembrance and Celebration of Abdoulaye’s Life October 23 and 24


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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.


You can still dance with Abdoulaye on video

Now that Abdoulaye has transitioned from this life, the only way to continue to experience dance with him is through video.  His instructional DVDs, La Guinee Faree, Guinea Dance, and Doundoun Dance Workout, will allow you to bring Abdoulaye into your home and re-experience his supportive instruction and beautiful movement.  A limited supply of his music CD, Abdoulaye Sylla and One World:Traditional Rhythms from Guinea, West Africa is also available.

Click on the links in the sidebar at right to order a gift for yourself or a friend.

Updated California Schedule- NEW Dates and Locations Added

Abdoulaye’s California tour is in full swing.

His Southern California/Mexico dates the rest of this week are:

Wednesday, July 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, Dance Arts Academy, LA
Thursday, July 16, World Beat Cultural Center, Casa Del Tunel, Tijuana, Mexico
Friday, July 17, 7:00-8:30 pm, Dance North County, Encinitas
Saturday, July 18, 12-1:30 pm, Leida Curado Tolentino, Santa Barbara Dance Arts, Santa Barbara
Sunday, July 19, 4:00-5:30, Dance Arts Academy, LA

Then he heads north. Details on the poster below.  A few more possibilities are tentative, including an outdoor doundoun dance class in the bay area on the 30th or 31st.


Abdoulaye’s California Tour- Preliminary Schedule

Abdoulaye will be touring California for the next month.  A few final details are still being worked out for some of the later tour dates.  Updates will be posted here and on our One World Arts Exchange Facebook Page after July12.

As last year, his tour will kick off with Youssouf Koumbassa’s Camp Fareta West African Dance and Drum Camp, then he’ll come to LA to spend a week doing Master Dance Classes and BACK by popular demand, Djun Djun Dance!!!! African Soul International will host, as well as Encinitas West African Dance and W. African Dance Santa Barbara with Leida Tolentino & Panzumo!!!

From LA, he’ll head up north to teach in the Bay, Santa Cruz Grass Valley and more from July 19-August 4th!!!!

ALL tour stops coming soon, catch a class while he’s in YOUR town!!!!

Partial schedule is below!

Southern California
July 5-11, Camp Fareta, Dunlap
Monday, July 13, Djun Djun Dance, 7:00-8:30 pm, Motherland-Music Drums
Wednesday, July 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, Dance Arts Academy
Friday, July 17, 7:00-8:30 pm, Encinitas, California
Saturday, July 18, 12-1:30 pm, Leida Curado Tolentino, Santa Barbara
Sunday, July 19, 4:00-5:30, Dance Arts Mott Hall Bridges Academy

ALL SOUTHERN CAL CLASSES $15/adults, $10/drum Rental for Djun Djun Dance is $5 each

855.451.SOUL (7685)


Northern California
All classes $15

Monday, July 20th, 6:30-8:00 pm, Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave at Harrison, Oakland

Tuesday, July 21st, 5:30-7:00 pm, Redwwod Raks, 824 L St, Arcata

Wednesday, July 22nd, Dun Dun Class, TBA

Thursday, July 23rd, Drum Class 5:30-7:00 pm, Dance class 7:00-8:30 pm, Wischemann Hall, 465 Morris St, Sebastapole

Saturday, July 25th, 11:45 am-1:15 pm 418 Project, 418 Front St, Santa Cruz

Sunday, July 26th, 10:30-12:00 Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway9, Felton

Sunday, July 26th, 4:00-6:00 pm, 1426 Alice St, Oakland

Monday, July 27th 6:00-7:30 pm, Chico Grange, Chico (Tentative as of 7/4)

Tuesday, July 28st, 5:30-7:00 pm Chico Women’s Club, Chico Tentative as of 7/4)

Wednesday, July 29th, 7:30-9:00 pm, African American Arts, Oakland

Thursday, July 30, 6:30-7:30 pm , BrasArte World Dance, 1901 San Pablo Ave @ Hearst, Berkeley

Saturday, August 1, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 pm, BrasArte World Dance, 1901 San Pablo Ave @ Hearst, Berkeley

Sunday, August 2, 4:00-6:00 pm, Malonga Center for the Arts, 1426 Alice St, Oakland

Stay tuned for final details/changes.


Join Abdoulaye at Camp Fareta July 5-11 in Dunlop, CA

Join Abdoulaye in the  Sequoia Forest at Camp Fareta in Dunlop California.  Abdoulaye is joined by an all-star cast of dance and drum instructors, including Youssouf Koumbassa, Moustapha Bangoura, Marie Basse Wiles, Djeneba Sacko, Fode Bangoura, M’bemba Bangoura, and many more…..

Details and registration

Seattle community classes ending June 2nd

Originally scheduled to go through June, Abdoulaye will be holding his last classes on Tuesday, June 2nd, with Sengbe (doundoun) dance at 6:00 and traditional dance at 7:30 at Spring St Center, 1101 15th Ave, Seattle, prior to his summer break to tour on the East Coast and in California.  Keep posted for details about fall classes.

Abdoulaye announces June east coast tour

Abdoulaye is heading back east for a brief tour this June.  The tour kicks off on Sunday, June 7th at the Northampton African Dance Fest at Smith College.  He will be teaching at locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and in Kingston, NY.  A few final details are being solidified, but we didn’t want to wait any longer to get the word out so you can plan accordingly. See the schedule below for details:

east coast schedule

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to study with Abdoulaye.


Join Abdoulaye as he kicks off mini-guinea on Vashon island.

Join Abdoulaye as he kicks off mini-guinea on Vashon island. He will be joined there by other incredible Guinean artists, including Youssouf Koumbassa.


Register here:http://oneworlddance.com/retreats.aspx

New Day NW Beyond Ebola and Message From Guinea

See a preview of Message From Guinea from their March 17th appearance on         King 5’s New Day NW promoting the Guinea Arts Cooperative Beyond Ebola benefit show at Jazz Alley on March 30th.