Ivorian drum and dance performance in Bloomington

Come join the good people from Dr. Djo Bi Productions for a program of Ivorian hand drumming and dancing on Sunday, May 1, at Max’s Place in Bloomington. The performance of song and dance from Côte d’Ivoire will begin at 2 p.m., and admission is free.

Dr. Djo Bi Productions is a drumming and dance school based in Bloomington. The upcoming program will feature performances by Bangofla Music Ensemble, the school’s student troupe; as well as Asafo, the band led by the school’s namesake, Dr. Djo Bi Simon Irie.

Public participation is welcome and encouraged! The show will offer something for everyone, whether you just want to listen and watch, or whether you want to dance to the beats and rhythms of West African drumming.

Dr. Djo Bi himself is a master drummer from the village of Bangofla in Côte d’Ivoire. He began drumming at the age of five with his family of Guro musicians and dancers in West Africa. By his teens he launched a musical career that has taken him throughout much of the world. His extraordinary talent and skill have led him to be recognized as “the Doctor.”

A master of traditional Ivorian rhythms, Dr. Djo Bi creates original and innovative sounds on the djembe yet continues to play the everyday celebratory music that has refreshed weary Guro farmers for generations. Today, he shares his knowledge through drum and dance classes and performances. Though Dr. Djo Bi now calls Bloomington his home, he still wows audiences around the world with his virtuosic drumming, magnetic personality, and irresistible smile.

We hope you’ll take the opportunity to experience Dr. Djo Bi Productions for yourself. See you at Max’s!

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