Master Drummer Dr. Djo Bi to Perform this Sunday

Dr. Djo Bi Simon Irie is a master drummer from the village of Bangofla in Côte d’Ivoire. He began drumming at the age of five with his family of Guro musicians and dancers in West Africa. By his teens he launched a musical career that has taken him throughout much of the world. His extraordinary talent and skill have led him to be recognized as “the Doctor,” as he melds traditional Ivorian rhythms with original and innovative sounds on the djembe. This Sunday, May 1, he will perform in a special free concert at Max’s Place in Bloomington at 2 p.m.

Dr. Djo Bi leads a drumming and dance school based in Bloomington, which incorporates the Bangofla Music Ensemble, the school’s student troupe; as well as Asafo, the band led by Dr. Djo Bi himself. The performance will feature both groups, and public participation is welcomed and encouraged. The show will offer something for everyone, for those content to listen and watch, or get up and dance. Audience members will join others around the world as they experience the virtuosic drumming, magnetic personality, and irresistible smile of Dr. Djo Bi for themselves.

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