Fodé Seydou Bangoura

Born in Conakry, Guinea, Fodé Bangoura has been recognized internationally for his work as the lead drummer with the acclaimed ensembles “Les Merveilles de Guinée” and the national ballet of Guinea, “Les Ballets Africains”. A protege of the late, great Mohamed Kemoko Sano, Fodé is now one of the most respected and sought after drummers of his generation.

Teaching and performing in Japan, Europe and across the U.S., Fodé brings a unique energy and electricity to audiences around the world. Fodé has toured with some of the biggest names in African music and dance such as Sekouba Bambino, Sekouba Kandia Kouyate, and Les Ballets Africains. Fodé appeared on MTV during the celebration of Black History Month and in 2007 was invited to be the featured guest artist in “Imanga Bette Doho”, a 3 day drum and dance conference in Milan, Italy. Fodé has performed at Lincoln Center “Out-of-Doors”, Walt Disney World “Africa” and The Apollo Theater for the “Tribute to Bob Marley”, a concert featuring Damian Marley.

Fodé was the resident drummer for the Alvin Ailey School in New York in addition to being the principal drummer for the most respected and talented dancers in the African Dance World, including Youssouf Koumbassa, Mamady Sano, and Djoniba Mouflet.

Some of Fodé’s recording credits include Phish – Seis De Mayo (Trey Anastasio) Lead Djembe on Andre The Giant, Badenya - 2002 New York Concert Review, and Fodé’s personal tribute to his Family’s history “Fakoly” released in 2007.

In 2008 Fodé began the Fakoly Dance and Drum Project, an annual week long drum and dance conference held in Minneapolis, MN giving students the opportunity to study and perform with the best of the best in Guinea drum and dance. Fodé also hosts an annual trip to Guinea where guests live and study with Fodé, his family, and members of Les Ballets Africains.

Fodé continues to search for new ways to share his unique art form with others and to bring his rich culture to the world.

Fodé is available for Classes, Workshops, Performances.


Guinea Trip

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