Kyene Drum Ensemble is devoted to the study and performance of West African and African Diaspora Musics (Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian). In the Akan language of Ghana, Kyene means “any type of drum”—reflecting our interest in all rhythm-based musics. Formed in 2004, the ensemble has performed for festivals, concerts, and in public parks, for sponsors including Kentucky Educational Television, Kentucky Reggae Festival, Louisville Worldfest, Arts Council of Louisville, University of Louisville, JB Speed Art Museum, Kentucky Theater Project, Ghana Association of Louisville, Louisville Free Public Library, Jefferson Community College, and Indiana University Southeast. Members of the ensemble also present hands-on workshops in schools and community centers throughout the region. We often collaborate with Moha Dosso, fire and stilt dancer and musician from Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa.  


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