Monday, March 30, Jazz Alley Beyond Ebola Benefit with Message From Guinea

jazz alley flier Guinea Arts Cooperative presents “Beyond Ebola:  a benefit series supporting families in Guinea”.

Please join us for a benefit concert at Jazz Alley supporting families in Guinea, featuring our very own, Message from Guinea!

Treat yourself to the pulsating rhythms and traditional melodies of Message from Guinea. Message from Guinea employs many percussive instruments, including the increasingly popular djembe from the Mande region, and the krin, or “African telephone” from Guinea’s forest region. These instruments have historically served the role of calling people together for important occasions- births, deaths, planting and harvesting of crops, the arrival of kings, the initiation of battle and the launch of the hunt. With virtuosity and charisma, Message from Guinea fuses sacred tradition with modern sensibility. They call their audience to join in the essence of Guinea’s cultural legacy.

Monday – March 30th, 2015
Opens for dinner (optional) at 5:30pm
Show at 7:30pm

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
2033 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Please call Jazz Alley to purchase tickets
Box Office (206)441-9729
or visit them online

Price: $25

Please visit our website for more information about “Beyond Ebola” events:

Funds will be used to meet the essential needs of the artists’ family members and extended networks in Guinea who are being directly and indirectly affected by the Ebola outbreak. In addition to supporting those we personally know and love in Guinea, a portion of funds raised will be earmarked to support the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which has been combating food insecurity in Guinea since 1964. Please visit them at for more information.

FREE Doundoun (Sengbe) Dance Class February 17th

As a Valentine’s gift to the community, Abdoulaye is teaching a FREE doundoun (sengbe) dance class Tuesday, February 17th at 6:00 pm at Spring St Center, 1101 15th Ave (corner Spring) Seattle, WA 98122. Bring your sweetie- bring a friend – or come alone, and try something new.  Make music while you move- improve your timing, deepen your understanding of the communication between the drum and the movement, and most importantly, have fun!  Everyone is welcome whether or not you have ever drummed or danced before.
Thank you to      for supporting our work.

Traditional dance class follows at 7:30 if you’re hungry for more.  Class is $15 and everyone is welcome.


Abdoulaye Starts Community Clases February 3rd at Spring St. Center

We have found new dance space on First Hill, in the chapel at the Spring St. Center 1101 15thAve, Seattle, 98122.  It is bright, clean, and cozy, located in a large house on the corner of Spring St. and 15th Ave, across the street from Spring St. mini park.  Street parking is available.

Weekly drop-in classes begin Tuesday, February 3rd, and run through June 30th.  Sengbe Dance (Doundoun Dance) is 6:00-7:30 and Traditional Dance Class will be 7:30-9:00.  Everyone is welcome.

We encourage all dancers and drummers to check out Sengbe dance.  Learning to play rhythm and dance simultaneously will help deepen our understanding of the interplay between the music and the movement.  And if you’ve never danced or drummed before, this will be a great FUN workout for your body and your brain.

4Culture and Artist Trust Support Abdoulaye’s Work with Youth

A big THANK YOU to 4Culture and to Artist Trust.  Each of these organizations has provided grant support to Abdoulaye in 2014. Artist Trust provided support for creating costumes for youth he works with in after school programs, residencies, and community settings. 4Culture has provided funding for both costume and drum creation.  Additional drums will allow more students access to playing authentic drums, rather than buckets, for Abdoulaye’s Rhythm and Movement and Doundoun Dance classes.  Costumes allow both the children and the audience to have a more authentic experience of the art he teaches.  They add to the professionalism of the presentation, increase student (and parent) pride, create visual harmony on the stage, and transform the performance experience.


Abdoulaye teaching for Sarah Lee Monday December 22nd at Velocity

Abdoulaye Sylla will teach this Monday, December 22nd, from 8:00-9:30 pm, at Velocity Dance,1621 12TH Ave, Seattle. Come burn up your Christmas calories before you eat them.


Abdoulaye and Message From Guinea join other artists to raise funds for medical supplies and for UNICEF to combat Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Free Ebola educational session from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Dinner and entertainment begins at 6:00 pm. $100 per ticket. Multiple traditional performing groups + DJ. Music until 1:00
After 10:00 pm, music only, voluntary donation.

Event is at the Ethiopian Community Center, 8323 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, WA 98118.

Purchase advance tickets at

Thanksgiving donations will be tripled. Can’t come? Participate on-line

Life in Guinea is normally not easy, but as the Ebola outbreak has caused our local Guinean Artists to cancel their annual cultural tours to Africa, their families, employees and artists in Guinea are having an exceptionally hard time simply finding food to eat.

We have created this 7 day fundraiser and special ThanksGiving Day class to raise money for the larger Seattle Guinean Artists community to support their families, friends, and coworkers in Guinea who are being indirectly and heavily impacted by this crisis.

Whether or not you can attend the special class, we encourage you to contribute.

***SPECIAL NOTE: Our good friend, drummer and community member Raj Hegde has stepped up and is going to match, dollar for dollar, all of the money raised for this event, up to $5,000! THANK YOU RAJ!  Not only that, but Raj also works at Microsoft, and whatever he gives, Microsoft too will match.  So, each dollar we raise for this event, will be not just doubled, but TRIPLED! If there ever was a time to give, it is now.  Lets dig in, spread the word, and raise $5,000, that will then become $15,000.

You can donate anytime from now through the end of Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday November 30, 2014.  Either enter your donation here on our YouCaring site, or send a check made out to ‘Sarah Lee Parker Mansare’, with ‘Thanksgiving Benefit’ in the note field, to the following address, and we will see that the funds are distributed equally to the above artists:

3224 South Lane Street, Seattle, WA 98144

In addition, if you would like to make a donation greater than $100, we have arranged a way to make that donation tax deductible. Contact us for details.

Here are the details about the event and where the money will go:

Thanksgiving Thursday morning BENEFIT DANCE CLASS to provide food and medicine to people in Guinea, West Africa indirectly effected by the Ebola outbreak.

Come dance, connect and enjoy while at the same time contributing to these important people who need your help. This is a chance to give back to the artists’ families who have given us so much to be grateful for. Jump-start your metabolism with a high energy AFRICAN DANCE CLASS lead by 5 exceptional local African Dance teachers:

• Abdoulaye Sylla
• Afua Kouyate
• Manimou Camara
• Ousmane Sylla
• Sarah Lee Mansare

With live upbeat music from many local amazing musicians including:

• Boka Kouyate
• Mamady Mansare

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
From 9:30-11:30a
5 dance teachers 15 minutes each

Velocity Dance Center, in the CAPITOL HILL neighborhood of Seattle:
Founders Studio
1621 12th Avenue, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98122
(just north of the intersection of E Pine & 12th Ave E)

On a day set aside for gratitude and appreciation… here is a chance to provide some food for others.

This class is DONATION based – all proceeds divided equally between the following Guineans, and all going towards food and/or medicine for their families and artist networks in Guinea:

• Abdoulaye Sylla
• Boka Kouyate
• Mamady Mansare
• Manimou Camara
• Ousmane Sylla

Give what you can…suggested giving levels:

• $40 for a Whole Sack of Rice – feeds 20 people for a week
• $20 for a Demi Sack of Rice – feeds 10 people for a week

AND, come ready to shop the AFRICAN MARKET! Each of these artists has special hand crafted items from Africa for sale…bring your shopping money and get a head start on holiday gift giving.

Please share and invite others to attend and contribute to this event.

Thank you!


And a special thank you to:

Velocity Dance Center for allowing us to have this event there at a greatly reduced rate, and to Jessica Towns-Camara for her graphic genius in creating the banner, poster and fliers for this event!

Abdoulaye joins JeConte and the Mali Allstars at Jazz Alley, Monday, November 17th

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes JeConte and the Mali All-Stars for one night only! Band members are JeConte (bandleader, blues harmonica, vocals), Djeli Mahamadou Kone (talking drum, n’goni, calabash and vocals), Moustafa Kouyate (n’goni, guitar calebash and vocals), Brian Jordan ( lead guitar), Mohammed Shaibu (guitar, vocals and tama), Aaron Walker-Loud (drums and percussion), Bob Antolin (saxes, flute, wind, synth), Abdoulaye Sylla (djembe), Naby Camera (balafon), and Lennox Holness (bass). Show time Monday at 7:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm. Free Parking.  More info and tickets available for advance purchase through Jazz Alley (

Je Conte and the Mali Allstars Join Message From Guinea at the Royal Room November 21st

Je Conte and the Mali Allstars, featuring a return engagement of tama/ngoni virtuoso Djeli Mahamadou Kone, will be joining Message From Guinea on the program Friday, November 21st, at the Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S. in Seattle’s Columbia City Neighborhood.  Message From Guinea kicks off the show at 8:30 pm.  No cover.  Donations for the artists are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday night class update

Abdoulaye is continuing to teach class Tuesday evenings at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, 98122 through December 9th.   Doundoun (Sengbe) dance is at 6:00 and traditional dance at 7:30.  There IS CLASS Veteran’s Day, November 11th. There is NO CLASS on November 18th.  There IS CLASS Thanksgiving week.

Washington Hall needs to close for renovations for about 9 months.   We are sad about this, as we love the space.  If anyone has suggestions for alternative dance space on Tuesday nights, please let us know.