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Thursday, July 18 @ 6pm
Hermit Woods Winery Meredith, NH
Kora Duets - Madou Sidiki Diabaté and Salif Bamakora, with guest Dave Kobrenski
Dave Kobrenski

Join us for an experience of the history, power, magic and guidance of the West African Kora with world renowned 71st-generation virtuoso Madou Sidiki Diabaté, accompanied by his longtime student Salif Bamakora, as the duo explore and nterpret the traditional repertoire of songs and stories of the Djeli, or Griots, the hereditary keepers of knowledge encoded in music. With guest Dave Kobrenski on Fula flute.

Friday, August 2 @ 7pm
Hermit Woods Winery Meredith, NH
First Friday Concert Series with KR Collective
Roos & Kobrenski

Every first Friday of the month, acclaimed guitarist Randy Roos and multi-instrumentalist Dave Kobrenski (Fula flute, djembe, ngoni) collaborate with a rotating cast of outstanding musicians to bring you a live musical experience like no other. This month, the KR Collective also features Mike Rossi (bass), Steve Hunt (piano) and Tim Gilmore (drums).

Admission to this event is free. However, the performers rely on your generous donations for their compensation. Space is limited, so reserving a spot in advance is still recommended.

Thursday, August 8 @ 7pm
Hermit Woods Winery Meredith, NH
Sayon Camara & Landaya Trio
Sayon Camara and Landaya Trio

Master drummer Sayon Camara from Guinea, West Africa, joins forces with multi-instrumentalists Dave Kobrenski and Grant Ellerbeck to bring you a spellbinding evening of traditional Malinké music.

Known collectively as Landaya, this powerhouse trio draws from the traditions of Sayon’s village, weaving intricate rhythms on the djembé and dunun drums with ancient melodies. Kobrenski and Ellerbeck accompany Sayon’s joyous singing on melodic instruments like the Fula flute, kamale ngoni (10-string harp) and bolon (4-string bass harp). The performance is further enhanced by Sayon’s storytelling, providing rich cultural context.

Tuesday, August 13 @ 1pm
Benz Center Sandwich, NH
Concert and Cultural Presentation
Dave Kobrenski

Calling all kids (of all ages)! Join Dave for a special afternoon performance and presentation, geared for the younger crowd. Stories, music and some hands-on opportunities for kids.

Saturday, September 7 @ 1pm Laconia Multicultural Festival
Sayon Camara and Landaya Trio

Mark your calendars - exact time and location TBA. West African djembé master Sayon Camara joins forces with Landaya (Dave Kobrenski, Grant Ellerbeck) for a formidable display of virtuosity and style, showcasing the traditional music of the Malinké people of Guinea.

Thursday, November 14 @ 6pm
Pope Memorial Library North Conway, NH
Finding the Source: Music, Magic & Healing in West Africa
Dave Kobrenski

Music, culture and storytelling combine in this unique cultural event. For two decades, author Dave Kobrenski traveled extensively in West Africa, where he was drawn ever-deeper into the music and cultural traditions of Upper Guinea. There, he found a land of ancient traditions where occult knowledge is guarded by secret societies and blacksmith artists carve sacred masks that invoke deities. There, art is magic…and it is not for the uninitiated.

Dave’s journeys brought him deep into traditions that challenged his worldview and ultimately forced him to reckon with the source of his own deteriorating health. Insightful, often moving, and always engaging, Dave’s stories are woven around skillful performances of the three-holed Fulani flute, the 12-string kamale ngoni, and the djembé.

Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Hampshire.
To register go to or call 603 255-3553