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Tonight: Master percussionist and Afro Jazz Group Gomba

Thursday, March 4th, 2010 | 12:15 pm

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Event: David Thiaw & Domba
Date: March 4th, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Price: $30 per adult / $10 per student

Local Artist Pre-show: Gorden James at 6:30 p.m.

Master percussionist David Thiaw and his Afro Jazz Group Domba create a searing hot fusion of African and Jazz rhythms. Using an eclectic variety of African drums and Western instruments including the sax, bass, keyboards and guitar, the group has a sound that is dynamic with jazz-sharp arrangements.

Domba, in David’s Senegalese language means the Power of Belief. This six piece band includes Jeff Drummond, Pat Belliveau, Ryan Schmidt, Millie Atkinson & David. Domba will make you a believer in the power of this fusion.

Besides his latest passion for raising and breeding fresh water Sting Rays, David Thiaw has a passion for life, African culture and music. The roots of David’s music and teaching reach back to his boyhood in Senegal, aptly called “the land of drummers”.

Since his arrival in western Canada from his native Senegal, David has focused on introducing African music and culture into the school system through performances, residencies, workshops as well as conducting percussion, dance, choir, and band workshops.

Using his rich voice, David introduces his audiences to the unique instruments from Africa and re-tells the wonderful folk stories that have been handed down for centuries.

A brilliant linguist, (David is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and several African languages) he has created a colourful show for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Blending African songs, rhythms, and an eclectic variety of African drums and instruments with contemporary influences, David Thiaw has created a sound that is both dynamic and melodic.

If you have an interest in exploring African drumming rhythms from a Master be sure to register (250-717- 5304) for the Drum class with David just before his concert March 4th at 4:30PM-6:00PM. Workshops appeal to all levels of music proficiency and drums can be provided. $25.00 Adult- $20.00 Student

Tickets to see David Thiaw perform can be purchased online through Select Your Tickets, by visiting the RCA Box Office, or by calling (250) 717-5304. For more information on David Thiaw visit www.davidthiaw.ca

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