Born into a griot family, Bassidi has been playing the djembe and balafon from a very young age learning alongside his father. When he teaches his hands tell an ancient story and his smile shares it with the world.
Bassidi Koné is of Bwa ethnicity from the Segou region in Mali. Bassidi has carried on his family’s musical heritage, showing incredible skill in both the balafon and the djembe.
Bassidi Koné, co-founder of the Bwazan Association lives in Mali, West Africa and teaches and performs with Rhythm Culture annually.
Yenenesh was born in Ethiopia, started dancing when she was eight years old and began her teaching career with Ethiopian children sharing and showcasing the customs and traditions of Ethiopia.
Yenenesh teaches West African dance workshops and performs her dances at many festivals and events in Qld such as the Woodford Folk Festival, Latin American Festival, Brisbane Multicultural Festival, Queensland Multicultural Festival, Fraser Coast Festival, Mackay Blues and the Roots Festival.
Her dynamic and encouraging teaching style brings an element of fun and enthusiasm to her workshops and with such grace and style. Yenenesh’s performances are spectacular to watch.
Mitch is a professional session drummer from the Sunshine Coast. He has been drumming for over 18 years.
He is currently the drummer for the Andrea Kirwin band, a 9 piece Hip Hop, Reggae and Soul group. Mitch has performed at festivals such as the Woodford Folk Festival and he has also toured to Darwin for the National Indigenous Music Awards night with JJJ’s unearthed Indigenous award winner Robbie Miller, playing alongside music greats Yothu Yindi.
Mitch plays dundun for Rhythm Culture workshops and performances.
Adama is a Master Djembe player from Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa. Born in Abidjan, Adama grew up in Kankan village in Guinea, where he was taught to make and play Djembe in the traditional style of the Mandinka people from his Father. At the age of 15, he became a member of the Ivory Coast National Ballet, in Abidjan, where he studied, taught and performed traditional West African dances and percussion for 8 years: including djembe, dundun, stilt dancing and theatre. During this time he began to tour West Africa including Guinea, Benin,Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. For the last 12 years, Adama has toured internationally as the lead Djembe player of the Mother Africa Circus. He has performed throughout Europe, Middle East, South Pacific, United Kingdom