Sogbety DiomandeWest African Drumming & Dance/Movement
Sogbety Diomande, (Sow-beh-tea Gee-oh-mahn-day) was born in the village of Toufinga, a small farming community located in the northwest region of the Ivory Coast near the border of Guinea in Africa. He is a professional drummer and dancer and has been performing since he was a child. He has been a member of Ballet National de Cote d’Ivoire and Kotchegna Dance Company, and he has been featured with many troupes in New York City and around the U.S. Sogbety spends most of his time performing solo and conducting workshops in schools, libraries, festivals, and community events all over Ohio and surrounding areas. Sogbety is happy to share his culture with school groups all over Ohio so that students can get a glimpse of life in a different land.
Sogbety believes artists are crucial in the educational setting because the arts are so important for students so that they can be exposed to different art forms throughout their lives. Classroom teachers have an opportunity to enrich their classes by inviting teaching artists that are specialized in the many different styles and art forms.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adult
Facilities and Resources Required
- Performance Space
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