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Hear Us Out: Rhythms of West Africa

Buffalo Toronto Public Media invites all music enthusiasts aged 8-12 (and their accompanying adults) to an afternoon of music with the Buffalo State University West African Drumming Ensemble (WADE) and Diaspora Drumming as they present Rhythms of West Africa.

In Rhythms of West Africa, the Buffalo State University West African Drumming Ensemble (WADE), along with Buffalo's own Diaspora Drumming, present a lively concert of traditional music of West Africa played on authentic djembes and dunduns. Audience members will feel the beat, as rhythms layer together in a lively dance! Experience mesmerizing polyrhythm, a focus on community, and improvisation - the fundamentals of African drumming. The performance culminates with an opportunity for audience members to try their hand at a bit of drumming!

Dr. Tiffany Nicely smiling onstage with an African drum

Saturday, April 20, 2024


Buffalo Toronto Public Media

BTPM Performance Space 

140 Lower Terrace 

Downtown Buffalo

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Free Parking | 140 Lower Terrace

Buffalo Toronto Public Media is conveniently located in downtown Buffalo at 140 Lower Terrace, near the I-190. The entrance to our parking lot is on Charles Street (also known as "Mark Russell Alley").

Meet the Performers

 Buffalo State University West African Drumming Ensemble (WADE)

Under the direction of Dr. Tiffany Nicely, WADE is an inter-generational group of students, faculty, and community members who come together to experience the power of rhythm. Drumming since 2008, the ensemble studies and performs traditional music of West Africa, including Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, and Ghana. The group is always looking for new members - come drum with us!

Members of WADE posing with their drums

 Diaspora Drumming

Diaspora Drumming - Ringo Brill, Tiffany Nicely, and Gabriel Gutierrez - is a trio dedicated to the study, dissemination, and performance of percussion music of West Africa and the African Diaspora. Members have studied in Guinea, Ghana, Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico, and love bringing this music to Western New York.

Diaspora Drumming members posing with their instruments

 Dr. Tiffany Nicely

Dr. Nicely is a percussionist and music theorist whose work focuses on West African drumming and balafon music. Nicely has taught at Buffalo State University since 2007, where in addition to leading WADE, she teaches World Music, African Music, and Ethnomusicology. She has also been a member of Diaspora Drumming for almost 20 years.

Dr. Tiffany Nicely smiling at the camera in a navy blue shirt with a matching necklace