I was fortunate, tonight, to be able to attend two different classes... Steel Pan and Latin Percussion.. as they ran back to back. Both classes were small in size, allowing for individual instruction, and participants were all of similar skill level to my own (novice or near novice.) I felt welcome and comfortable and am looking forward to next week! (NOT looking forward to recitals!)
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.