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Spotlight On: Rhythm Griots

Massamba Diop strikes his tama drum.

"In the Spotlight" highlights the performances of artists and entertainers coming soon to Carroll County venues.

Massamba Diop and Paa Seck Diery in 'Rhythm Griots'


Artists: Senegalese musicians Massamba Diop and Paa Seck Diery travel the United States as part of the Senegal-America Project, an effort to bring the music of Senegal to American audiences across the country. Diop, who performs on the tama drum, a West African drum with two drum heads and pitch cords, was one of the founding members of Baaba Maal's backing band, and has performed with musicians Peter Gabriel, James Brown, Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana.

Diery has performed around the world including Japan, Europe and the United States. Diery began playing the drums as a child with his father's music troupe Vieux Group Diery.


"Music has always been very important to me because I come from a musical family," Diery said. "I have done it my whole life. It's like it's in my blood."

Together, the musicians will perform a blend of historical and contemporary African and American music. The event is titled "Rhythm Griots" — meaning rhythm storytellers — and will feature an evening of percussion and dance.

Diery said he and Diop will give a brief lecture about the history of Senegal's music before diving into the performance. Diery said the goal of the event is to make everyone happy and start singing and dancing along.

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The event is a part of the McDaniel College Evelyn Mackenzie Performance Series, which seeks to bring international artists to perform for local audiences.

If You Go

What: Rhythm Griots

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Decker Forum, McDaniel College, 2 College Hill Road, Westminster


Cost: Free to the public

For more information: Visit or call 410-857-2599.