Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, April 5, 2013

Madness of the Elephant Puts an African Road-Trip on the Stage

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

sat_westafricandance.jpg

By Devin Holt

When Bongo Sidibe played with Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart in 2008, he was probably the only person in the Shoreline Amphitheatre who had never heard of him -- it was one of his first gigs in the U.S. Five years later, Sidibe is one half of the artistic direction behind Madness of the Elephant, the new show from Duniya Dance and Drum Company. The other half, Joti Singh, first met Sidibe during a 13-hour car ride from Gambia to Guinea in West Africa.

Singh was fresh off a master's at UC Berkeley and in West Africa to study dance and music. The road trip was time well spent; Duniya Dance and Drum was born on that ride, and the pair runs it as a couple, on and off the stage. The company mixes traditional music and dances from Guinea, West Africa, and Punjab, India, and has performed in the Carnival Parade, at City Hall, and the Sierra Nevada Music Festival. Madness explores the complexities of life under Guinea's first president, patron of the arts and paranoid dictator, Sekou Toure. No road trip required.

Madness of the Elephant runs April 5-6 at 8 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F. Admission is $15-$30; call 292-1200 or visit duniyadance.com.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

  • Pin It

About The Author

Devin Holt

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"