Abou Sylla drums up international rhythm Tuesday

Article Published: Jul. 8, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Abou Sylla drums up international rhythm Tuesday

Master drummer Abou Sylla visits Boone next Tuesday. Photos submitted

The High Country's about to drum up some vibrations with an international edge, and you can get in on the action.

On Tuesday, world-renowned drummer Abou Sylla hits the scene with a workshop designed for all skill levels.

"There's something for everybody," organizer Billy Knight said. "Just bring a drum."

Knight, who's no stranger to the beat, was "blown away" the first time he saw Sylla play.
"He's just an amazing all around musician," he said.

Originally from Guinea, Sylla travels the world teaching his craft: An organized West African drum style.

"It's basically just locking different rhythms that fit together," Knight said. "He might teach one half of the class to do a certain rhythm and the other side of the class to do another rhythm ... put together, they lock."

And drums aren't the only thing the master percussionist brings to the stage. Sylla is also a balafone master.

"It's a wooden African xylophone, and it sounds almost like a steel drum," Knight said.
Last year's Sylla workshop brought 40 people to the drum circle, and Knight has high hopes for Tuesday.

Get into the beat Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. It happens at Cross Point Church behind Earth Fare in Boone. The cost is $20, and the workshop is open to all ages and skill sets. For more information, call (828) 406-5920.

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