CARBONDALE — The Southern Illinois West African Drum Ensemble is inviting people to come out and do what is most natural: Get up and dance to the music.
SIWADE has been learning and performing traditional West African music for more than 18 years. The group is committed to using authentic percussion instruments, rhythms and songs as taught by master musicians from West Africa. The music typically has a purpose other than for its own sake, such as to celebrate the fall harvest. It is almost always intended to be performed for dancers.
Members of SIWADE are Joshua Buchheit, Tom Hensold, Sue Speers, Jimmy Beers, Solo Mays and Kendra Stenger. They perform modern arrangements of rhythms based on traditional rhythms from the West African countries of Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Ghana and Senegal. Their influences are Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate, Adboul Doumbia, Bolokada Conde and Yaya Kabo.
A West African Dance Party will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Admission is $10, and tickets are available online at www.thevarsitycenter.org and at the door. Doors and the bar open at 6:45. Local and other beers and wines, soda and snacks are available for purchase.
The Varsity is downtown at 418 S. Illinois Ave.