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Hoff-Barthelson In Scarsdale Hosts Music Of Africa

Ngor Jallow will perform at the Global Harmonies, Music from Around the World Concert: The Music of Africa. The concert is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4, at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale.
Ngor Jallow will perform at the Global Harmonies, Music from Around the World Concert: The Music of Africa. The concert is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4, at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Scarsdale's Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Global Harmonies Series, Music from Around the World, will host Music of Africa on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The event will explore the unique melodies, harmonies, rhythms, instruments and dances of Africa. It begins at 2 p.m. at the Music School, 25 School Lane, in Scarsdale.

  • What : Global Harmonies Music from Around the World Concert: The Music of Africa
  • When : Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m.
  • Where : Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, New York 10583

Now in its fourth year, this annual event will take guests to Senegal and the Congo for an imaginative performance featuring music, dance and storytelling indigenous to these artistically rich African countries. The free program is open to the public.

Ngor Jallow and Nkumu Isaac Kataly, of Education in Dance and the Related Arts, will perform on and demonstrate several instruments native to Africa including the kora, a 21-string lute-bridge harp, the mbira or kalimba, commonly known as the thumb piano, as well as the djembe, ngoma and cajón drums. Audience members will be offered the opportunity to participate in some simple African dances and call and response songs.

Over the course of the annual Global Harmonies series, musical traditions of every country and culture will be represented, creating a colorful mosaic of sound that touches the human spirit and unifies our journey on this planet.

Ngor Jallow is a master drummer and dancer from Dakar, Senegal in West Africa, and has also lived in Gambia and Mauritania. He speaks Arabic, Bambara, English, French, Fulani, Coroboro and Wolof and has trained in the diverse styles of dance and music from West Africa since he was 15 years old.

He has performed and toured with Les Ballet D’Afrique Noir, and performed in national concerts held in Dakar including concerts for Nelson Mandela and the Miss Europe contest. Ngor has appeared in several music videos with Senegalese popular musicians, as well as with various renowned musicians including Kine Lam and the band Super Diamono.

Isaac Kataly and the Life Long Project Band, in collaboration with other talented artists from various African backgrounds, have presented at the Apollo Theater, Manhattan Center, Prospect Park Summer Stage, St. Nick’s Pub, the Schaumburg Library, Dickson’s place, and in various prestigious Universities throughout the United States.

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