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Western drums resonate at Tahoe

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Manding Jata will perform Friday, March 23 in a MontBleu show that will benefit Tahoe Arts Project.
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Manding Jata will perform Friday, March 23 at MontBleu Theater in a show that will benefit the Tahoe Arts Project.

Manding Jata is an international touring company which performs West African drumming and dance. It profiles the music, dance and oral traditions of the Mande-speaking people of West Africa in its presentation of the cultural legacy of the Manding/ Mali Empire, which is centered in Timbuktu. Much of its repertoire comes from between the 13th and 15th centuries. The primary instruments used are the Kora (21 string harp/lute), Bamana and Mandinka xylophones, flutes and the djembe/dununba drum ensemble.

The performance is part of TAP’s 25th season. Liz Broscoe’s Dea Drum and Dance will open the show.

Manding Jata will perform in South Shore schoolsall week as part of TAP’s performing arts in the schools. Its full show on Friday at MontBleu will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children and seniors and can be purchased in advance at the California and Nevada Visitors Centers. For information or to purchase tickets, call Tahoe Arts Project at 530-542-3632.

Tahoe Arts Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting professional performing arts in the schools and community of South Lake Tahoe. To support their mission, call 530-542-3632 or visittahoeartsproject.org.


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