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.
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.