Wayne White - Doundounba
I have been playing and studying the djembe since 1995. During that time I have had the fortunate opportunity to study with some of the greatest djembe players of their time, M’bemba Bangoura and Michael Markus are among my greatest influences. My love for the djembe continues to grow, the more I learn about the people and the culture of Africa. Since co/founding African Experience the group has brought the sounds of Africa to the greater capital in and around Albany, NY. I hope to continue performing and teaching traditional songs of Africa and original compositions in the coming years.
Special Performing Artists
Adam Witt studied extensively with Lacelot Scott from Tobago and Mamady Keita from Guinea. He has fifteen years experience, playing for dance classes, performing and teaching privately. His love for the drum has inspired a passion for collecting rhythms worldwide, and creating his own original works.
I began my drumming career in 1990 while traveling the country and participating in drum circles at the Grateful Dead concerts. The djembe became a way to express myself through music and has fostered a love for West African music. In 1997 I had the opportunity to take a workshop with Arthur Hall, from Chicago, IL. In 1998 I took lessons from Nii Ieatiea who is from Ghana, West Africa. These lessons were an inspiration for me to seek the traditional ways of the djembe. In that same year, I discovered Barry Irving in Albany, NY. I continued to take lessons from Barry for six years.
I was first introduced to the djembe in the fall of 2012 by my college music professor who had mentioned Wayne's class by chance. Having been classically trained in the trumpet for 8 years prior, this new genre of music and different way of playing intrigued me. I have had the opportunity to learn from some remarkable djembe players including Moustapha Diedhiou, M'Bemba Bangoura, and Michael Markus. My love for African music and the djembe has laid claim to a very large part of my life, and I would not be the person I am today had I not taken that first class. The fact that I am able to play and perform with this group of amazing people is astounding, and I couldn't be more grateful.
Michael Markus and M’Bemba Bangoura have been very inspirational to me from the moment I met them. Anybody that has taken lessons with either of these guys knows what I’m talking about. For profile information and further information on these two incredibly talented individuals see Michael’s site Wula Drum.