I’ve been looking forward to taking classes at the Rhody Center for a while. I finally signed up for what will hopefully be the first of many classes. Yesterday I was excited to take my first belly dance class. Kristen was very friendly and helpful. She took the movements slowly, broke them down and explained the mechanics. In addition, Kristen sought our input and geared the class toward our needs, making it indivialized. The added benefit was the small class size of wonderful, like minded people. I love the music, the dance space (colorful), the instructor, and the variation in styles (Arabic vs. Egyptian, etc.). Thank you for an amazing first experience and thank you Julie for hooking me up with a coin hip scarf. Can’t wait to spend next week learning more with everyone!
Sidy Maïga is a master percussionist from Bamako, Mali, West Africa, who specializes in djembe and dun dun. Though trained in the complex traditional rhythms of Mali, Sidy is also well versed in Caribbean and hip-hop rhythms. He has performed with a variety of different artists, including Percussion Fassia du District de Bamako, Troupe Artistique du District de Bamako, Coumba Sira Koîta, Saly Sidibé, Mamoun Sidibé, Paye Camara, Touman Diabaté, Binké Traoré, Tata Pound, Troupe Baden’ya, The Jamal Jackson Dance Company, New Works World Traditions, and many others.
From 2006 through 2009, Sidy was the Master Drummer in residence at Providence's Black Rep Theater. Currently Sidy is the drummer in residence for Boston's Uhuru Afrika. In 2007 he was the headline performer for the Heritage Day Festival at the State House in Providence, RI. A gifted teacher, Sidy has taught percussion in New York, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Providence. In 2011, Sidy was named the RI State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Fellowship winner and was selected as one of the MacColl Johnson Fellows for Music Composition.