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Sogbety Diomande

Artist's Narrative

Sogbety Diomande Sogbety Diomande, (Sow-beh-tea Gee-oh-mahn-day) native of the Ivory Coast in West Africa, is a professional drummer and dancer and has been performing since he was a child. He has been a member of Ballet National de Cote d'Ivoire, Kotchegna Dance Company, and has been featured with many troupes in NYC and around the US. These days, Sogbety spends most of his time performing solo and conducting workshops in schools, libraries, festivals, and community events all over Ohio and surrounding areas.

Recent Feedback From Schools

"What a fun lesson! Students were very engaged with the African drumming, and Sogbety was very animated and exciting. I would love to have him back for workshops in the future. We are an arts school, so everything he did related with our program. I was pleasantly surprised that he incorporated dancing in the lesson. The students have definitely been talking about the experience in a positive light."

Segment starts at 17:15.


Upon request.
Fees listed are for Columbus-area schools. This artist is based in Mansfield.

Programs Available

Performance (Grade levels K - 12)
In this high-energy performance, students will experience the rhythms, dances, and songs of West Africa.   Treat your students to a program that is both educational and fun! Q & A time follows the show.
Activity Options:
  • Duration: 50 min.
  • Fees: $350 plus mileage from Mansfield ($50)

Discover West African Rhythm through Drumming and Dance (Grade levels K - 12)
In this workshop, students will learn the three basic sounds of the African djembe.; They will also learn basic techniques of hand drumming, focusing on drumming styles found in the Ivory Coast. Q & A with the artist follows.

Artist will provide up to 30 drums per classroom.
Activity Options:
Discover West African Rhythm Workshop
  • Duration: 50 min.
  • Fees: $250 plus mileage from Mansfield ($50)
  • Requirements: armless chairs in a circle for each student

West African Drumming Residency (Grade levels K - 12)
This is a great way for students to be immersed in the culture of West Africa.  They will learn about the rhythms, songs, and languages found in the villages of the Ivory Coast.  Residencies will be custom tailored to fit your school's needs.
Activity Options:
Drumming Residency
  • Duration: varies
  • Fees: $400/ 1st day; $300/ each additional day; $1500/ full week; plus mileage from Mansfield ($50)
  • Requirements: Armless chairs in a circle for each student. Housing and meals (or perdiem) are also required if site is more than 60 miles from Mansfield.