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Sekou Sylla

Sekou Sylla
Sekou Sylla, Artistic Director of Bamidele Dancers & Drummers
SEKOU SYLLA, Artistic Director, is a master dancer & musician from Guinea, West Africa. He was a principal dancer, acrobat and musician with Les Ballet Africains, the National Dance Company of the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, until relocating to Massachusetts in 1996. For over 20 years he performed and taught first with Ballet Djoliba then with Les Ballets Africains. He has taught and performed all over the world including Africa, Australia, Europe, Spain, Korea, Finland, France, England, Mexico, Russia, China, Canada and North and South America. Since relocating to the USA Sekou has taught African dance and music in Bahia, Brazil at the Universidade Federal da Bahia and at Male Du Bale. He has performed and taught in Cagua, Guayama and Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He taught African drumming at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and was also a Five College musician accompanying dance classes. He has taught dance at Greenfield Community College, Mt. Holyoke & Smith College and the University of Massachusetts; Skidmore College in Saratogoa Springs, NY; Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA and has acted in theatre at California Technical Institute in California. He has taught several times at the Bates College Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine; has taught and performed for six years at Drika Overton's Percussive Dance Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and is a teaching artist with the Sankofa Dance Project at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. He has also performed and taught at various venues in the United States, Brazil and Puerto Rico.

Sekou personally received an outstanding review in the New York Times during his work with Les Ballet Africains.

He speaks English, and is fluent in French and his tribal languages Sou Sou and Malinke. He has appeared on tv and in film, videos and has recorded tapes and CD's. Sekou Sylla is in demand as a master dancer, musician and choreographer.

The Bamidele Dancers & Drummers, Marilyn Middleton-Sylla, Director • Sekou Sylla, Artistic Director • Phone USA: 413.386.2768