Performers/Bands 2017

Louis César Ewande

I studied djembe music with Fotigui TOURE and took lessons, participated to workshops or just played along with the followings musicians: Fode YOULA, N’Toman KEITA, Noumoudy KEITA, Mamady KEITA, Diarra KONATE, Lamine BAYO, Moussa FAYE, Lamine DIBO CAMARA and M’Bemba CAMARA.I founded PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE with Mare SANOGO and Ali WAGUE in 1984. We started in a close to traditional mandingo style, then I made it evolve in a more experimental direction. Roger RASPAIL, Miguel GOMEZ, Florent HALADJIAN, Emmanuel BAUDRY and Epizo BANGOURA joined us. We recorded an LP – Percussion Ensemble – with some additional guests: Christian NICOLAS, Daniel GOYONE, Olivier FRANÇOIS, Fanta KOUYATE and Mangala CAMARA. The album was recorded and mixed by Christophe DUPOUY at I.R.C.A.M – thanks to Olivier KOECHLIN – and Studio DAVOUT. Radio France Internationale gave the LP the “DEMBA CAMARA” Prize. In 2007 Philippe NASSE republished the CD along with a DVD of one of PERCUSSION ENSEMBLEconcerts he filmed in 1987.I played and/or recorded with M’Bemba CAMARA, Fode YOULA, Ryo NODA, Ray LEMA, Dee Dee BRIDGEWATER, Arshie SHEEP, Joachim KHÜN, Kazumi WATANABE, Jean Louis AUBERT, Stefan RIGERT, André CECARRELLI and DURAN DURAN.

BEN Ó FAOLÁINStephen’s Night: Top DJ Ben O’Faolain

Dingle native dj Ben Ó Faoláin’s genre-blurring eclecticism was inspired by dancefloor encounters with the djing of Coldcut, Afrika Bambaata and DJ Food while living in Bristol during the halcyon days of that city’s mid-90s music scene.

Chief music writer with Nós Iris (, Ben’s years as a presenter of the seminal ‘An Taobh Tuathail’ music show on RTE Radio saw The Irish Times’ Jim Carroll label him “the best music dj on RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta.”

Ben’s return visit to Cuisle Chorca Dhuibhne will see him focus on the music of the world’s hot places – a Tropical dancefloor trip through the irrepressible energies of ‘50s Columbian big band jazz, heavy Afro-funk ‘n’ disco, sun-baked batucada, Trinidadian calypso and soca, punchy cumbia, skanking Jamaican ska ‘n’ rocksteady, swingin’ boogaloo and a twist of contemporary Tropical bass styles!




 BRIAN FLEMING is a traditional percussionist, specializing in Irish percussion instruments, the bodhrán and bones and the West African drums djembe and dunduns. He also combines elements of drum kit, congas, cajón, etc. to fashion custom kits for particular tasks, for playing with a range of different bands, singers and dancers

He has played with many of Irelands best known musicians, such as the Chieftans, members of the Dubliners, Davy Spillane, Jack L, Julie Feeney, Vivienne Long, Kíla, Emer Mayock, Seán Tyrell, Cormac Breathnach and West African musicians such as Mamady Keita and the Freres Guissés.Recent musical projects include The Bahh Band, Jack Harrison, The Vendetta Orchestra, the Imogen Gunner Trio and Tig Linn

Brian has played all overWestern Europe, Scandinavia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, the US, Japan, India, Thailand, Singapore, Cuba, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Rwanda and Korea.


Mintesinot Getachew is a traditional and contemporary trained dancer, from Ethiopia, a Student on the Ma Contemporary dance programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. He also attained professional training in Traditional & African Contemporary dance workshop in Senegal at Jant-bi/Ecole des sables.