MD Folklife @ UMBC Events

Amadou Kouyate with UMBC Music and Dance students

Friday, April 29, 2:15 PM, performance outside on the terrace of the UMBC Commons, free
Saturday, April 30, 1:00 PM, performance at The Garage, 6 East Lafayette Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202, free
Amadou Kouyate in performance at UMBC in November 2021

For the Spring 2022 semester, Amadou Kouyate has been the inaugural Maryland Traditions Artist-in-Residence at UMBC where he introduced Music and Dance students to the rich tradition of Manding culture, demonstrating the role the music and the practitioners, the Djeli, occupy in the cultural community. The results of this work will be shared with the public in these two free performances open to the public.



Performers: Chris Benna, Alfredo Ruiz-Malca, Valarous Lingham, A’mon Griffin, Connor Fuerst, Gretta Zinski, Gina Beck

Juneteenth – “Let’s Talk”: International Day of Drumming and Healing in Howard County, held at HCLS Miller Branch.

Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate family of Manding Diali, renowned oral historians and musicians of West Africa. Amadou performs on the 21-string Kora and also on Djembe and Koutiro drums. His repertoire spans traditional songs from the 13th century to original compositions incorporating blues and jazz. Amadou studied in Mali, Senegal, Guinea, and Cote d’Ivoire with master musicians of the Diali tradition including Djimo Kouyate and Toumani Diabate. Formerly a 2013-14 Strathmore Artist in Residence and Adjunct Lecturer of African Music and Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, Amadou pursues a full-time schedule as a solo artist and collaborator. A well-traveled performer, Amadou has brought his music to The Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Bristol Academy and Isle of Wight in England, Tim Festival in Brazil, as well as the Lowell, East-Lansing and Dayton National Folk Festivals. He collaborated with Sweet Honey in The Rock at Carnegie Hall and performed at the Victoria World Rhythm Festival.

The residency and performances are made possible with support from a Maryland State Arts Council Folklife Network Grant.

Community Archiving and Collective Memory, Tuesday, April 26, 7 PM ET – WebEx

Special Collections of UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library presents a conversation on community archiving projects within American Indian communities of Baltimore and Philadelphia. Addressing issues surrounding preservation, shared stewardship, and digitization of physical artifacts and audiovisual materials, this virtual event will underscore the importance of community collaboration and reflect upon ways archival research can contribute to collective memory. Speakers include Jessica Markey Locklear (doctoral student, Emory University), Siobhan Hagan (founding director, Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive), Tiffany Chavis (Consulting Archivist, UMBC), and Ashley Minner (Assistant Curator for History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian).

Free and open to the public. This program is supported by a Maryland Folklife Network Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Ralph and Dennis Zotigh: An Evening of Native American Music, February 24, 7:30 – 9:00 PM, UMBC Linehan Concert Hall, free, tickets required


UMBC Folklife Center, CIRCA, and The Department of Music present Ralph and Dennis Zotigh, who will perform an evening of Native American music.

Ralph and Dennis Zotigh of the Kiowa Tribe have facilitated cultural presentations and performances more than 40 countries and 50 states. They co-founded the award winning Zotigh Singers group, which has produced six CDs and has been nominated for Native American Music Awards and Aboriginal Music Awards in Canada for their singing excellence. Ralph Zotigh is a former traditional music instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts; Dennis Zotigh serves as a Cultural Specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and writes for Smithsonian magazine. This event is made possible by a Folklife Network Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.