Rainforest Friends: You Don't Need Feet to Dance
The Rainforest Friends is a new program designed for children ages 3 - 11 and their families.
Join us for a special performance by Sidiki Conde, a dancer, a drummer, and singer from Guinea, West Africa. Despite losing the use of his legs when he was 14, Sidiki followed his dream to become a dancer. Ibrahima Kolipe Camara will be accompanying Sidiki on drums. This program begins at 1:00 pm in our new Children's Rainforest Garden.
Mr. Conde is the recipient of countless awards for his artistry as well as his cultural ambassadorship including the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship in 2007 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sidiki's music derives from the traditional rhythms of Guinea where harmony is created by a series of melodic rhythms that are played by each of the instruments (kora, balafon and traditional drums). Mr. Conde has been artist-in-residence for the past 13 years in New York City Special Needs Public Schools.
Ibrahima Kolipe Camara
Ibrahima Kolipe Camara is a Master Drummer from Guinea West Africa. As a child, Kolipe traveled throughout Guinea learning musical instruments, rhythms and dances from Guinea's many ethnic groups. In 2000, Kolipe joined Les Ballets Africaines, the internationally recognized representatives of West African Culture, and the highest level of accomplishment for a Guinean percussionist. As a lead drummer for the Ballet, Kolipe toured throughout Africa and the United States, eventually settling in New York City. Kolipe has been teaching, touring and performing with a number of groups since 2006, continually pleasing crowds as a dynamic musician with a powerfully positive presence.
Members free and free with regular Garden's admission.
"Rainforest Friends is made possible by a generous grant from Women's Exchange, Inc."