This dynamic percussion ensemble presents traditional rhythms and songs from Guinea, West Africa. Co-founders Helen Bond and Amy Lusk have intensively studied in Guinea with world-renowned musician Famoudou Konate, grand master of the djembe drum and its orchestra. This all-female drumming group communicates the excitement, energy and sheer joy of the Malinke music, inspired by the name that Famoudou himself gave them: Diamana Diya, translated "Make good music for the land." Experience the rich, interwoven melodies and polyrhythms of the Malinke ensemble, including resonant bass drums (dunduns), higher-pitched djembes and traditional songs from the Hamanah region of Guinea. For booking contact Helen Bond.

Joan Hitchcock, Cynthia Hahn, Amy Lusk, Lisa Barnes-Young, Alicia Matthews, Helen Bond, Jessica Albert and Katy Fields

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Upcoming Performances:

Saturday November 12, 2016 at 6:30pm
Benkadi Benefit
Donations accepted for the Benkadi Project
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center (off of 83 just north of Rollins Road Left at Hook Drive)
2007 Civic Center Way
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
Questions/Information contact Helen at (847) 543-0708 or

Motherland Rhythm Community Website

Helen Bond