The African Intelligence are a 8 piece ensemble led by Senegalese singer/dancer Lamine Sonko. With an energetic and colourful line up of Australia’s finest world musicians, this band charms and engages its audiences from start to finish with their own fusion of contemporary and traditional African rhythms. It’s exhilarating, it’s infectious, it dares you dance!
Lamine Sonko was born in Senegal, West Africa into a family of griots known as culture keepers. Griots are the custodians of ancient lineages, functioning as the eyes and ears of the community. The griot’s responsibility is to practice and teach the stories of their culture through the embodied oral traditions of song, music and dance. An oral culture is one alive only in practice, and so it is the griot that must animate the spirit of the past into the present and towards future through remembering, sharing, performing and teaching of song, drum and dance.
Lamine learnt his craft while growing up in an artistic family. Most notably, his parents maintain the strongest influence on his talent. His father, Bouly Sonko, is presently the Director for the Senegalese national drum and dance company Waaro Siita. His mother, Oumy Sene, was the first solo dancer for Le Ballet National Du Senegal and is also currently a member of Waato Siita. Lamine’s family are well known musically and highly respected internationally.
Now living in Melbourne, Australia – and a part of the West African Diaspora, the position of traditional griot expands to embrace a new cultural position, whereby music becomes a platform for bringing diverse cultures and practices together into space for the communion of multiple knowledge – traditional and contemporary.
Doors 8pm, Show from 9pm
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