One of the most amazing performances I’ve ever experienced was Sogbety Diomande’s West African drum and dance company at the Mohican Outdoor School in Butler, Ohio back in 2006. I was TOTALLY blown away by the drumming, costumes and dancing which even included the use of stilts and real live fire! It’s hard to imagine if you haven’t seen it.
Originally from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, Sogbety Diomande was born in the village of Toufinga, a small farming community located in the Northwest region of the Ivory Coast near the border of Guinea in Africa. He moved to the US in 1997 and has been performing and teaching drum and dance ever since. (click here for Sogbety’s full bio)
Currently, Sogbety is working on raising funds for a performing arts project in Belleville, Ohio, called Sogbety Diomande’s West African Celebration.
If you would like to help this amazing artist, visit his page on Kickstarter, which is a site that allows people to help contribute to cool projects in exchange for special perks. For example if you contribute $30 you receive a festival DVD.
Click here to go to the Kickstarter page, and watch the videos below.