Bob Hall has worked with Think360Arts/Young Audiences for over 26 years teaching and performing African drumming and rhythms of her diaspora.
Over 40 years ago Bob began with Mr. Adetunji Joda (Nigeria) and the Irepo African Dance and Drum Troupe in Denver. In the early 1980’s, he was co-founder of the drum and percussion group Congueros del Alma. Since, Bob has studied and performed with Master drummers from Senegal, Guinea and Ghana throughout the years. To name a few of his teachers from the National Ballets, Dom Gueye (Senegal), Ousman Sylla and Mamady Keita (Guinea), Aboubakari Luna and Abdoulaye Siedu, Master Talking drummers (Northern Ghana). Bob has also studied and danced to the Bata drums of Los Munequitos de Matanzas, Cuba’s world renown Afro-Cuban folklorical ensemble. In addition, Bob was honored to perform with the late great Mr. Gil Scott-Heron (Poet, Musician and Activist) as well as the late great Ras I Ginga, Pan master (Steel drum) from Trinidad.
Through teaching, Bob continues the process of learning to apply the correlation of drumming to school curriculum. Math, Science, History, Geography, Literacy, Physical Education and Culture are all inherent when studying African drumming!
Drumming enhances memory, motor skills, teamwork along with thought processing and problem solving by participating in rhythm exercises that Bob has developed over the years.
KUSOGEA NOBI DRUM ENSEMBLE
Bob Hall and Chelle Gifford surpass 26 years performing traditional rhythms and songs from Africa to the Americas, up through the Caribbean to North America and back to Africa!
Their presentation is highly educational and interactive through call and response segments. Bob and Chelle present creative rhythms and movements with their original piece the “Shaker Dance”.
The culminating presentation was POWERFUL! Bob had the students well prepared to perform and was able to highly engage our parent audience by letting them sit in the learner's seat. Students beamed with pride afterwards, and all families left feeling like the program they enrolled their students in was worthwhile. Students are inspired and motivated to continue learning about drumming. Students learned the power of perseverance and practice on growing a set of skills. Students became aware of a new realm of music and artistry. Bob was very easy to work with and his passion about drumming spread to everyone.
Jennifer Hoben of Meadow Community School
Bob Hall is available for full or part-time residencies.
Individual workshop and performance prices are determined by each artist. Please contact us for performance and workshop pricing for a particular artist. Visit our Pricing page for other pricing information.
Language of African Drums
Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th
Math, phrasing, punctuation, brain stimulation, history and geography are all incorporated into this workshop that introduces students to the ABC’s of traditional drumming. Through hands-on participation, students will learn that drumming is related to many daily activities in school and life.
A Journey of Drums, Percussion and Song
Performance for grades K through 12th
The Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble (Bob Hall and Chelle Gifford) will take you on a journey of rhythm, song and movement through retracing the roots of rhythm from Africa, the Americas, up through the Caribbean to North America and back to Africa. The KNDE continue presenting their original piece, Shaker Dance, along with new creative works.