From the City of Baltimore to the villages of Mali, West Africa, Di Andree mesmerizes audiences with his knowledge of folklore and ability to perform traditional West African percussion.
Beginning at a very young age Di Andree discovered his love for World Music under the direction of Salim and Jumoke Ajanku; two of Baltimore’s finest musicians. Fully immersed in the studies of West Africa, Di Andree dedicates himself to travel to Mali, West Africa once a year to study Music, Chant, Culture and language. His style is unique for it is crossed between two different yet similar worlds. It is a blend between the music from the heart of Africa and the raw style of Baltimore’s Djembe tradition which is rooted in the Black experience.
Di Andree has studied with a long list of well known artists such as Menes Yahudah, Namory Keita, Ernest Shaw, Mahiri Keita and many others. He has worked with the likes of Weedie Brahima, Amadou Kouyate, Fode Camara and more. Di Andree Dukes is a practitioner of Djembe, Khassonke Dundun, Bala, Guitar and Doundouns. Since 2010 he has worked Between Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. teaching African music in various schools. Currently Di Andree works full time at a Charter School teaching both Folklore and Music to the youth of NW Washington D.C. His mission is to bring his people together, heal them and himself spiritually, and to teach the underprivileged youth of Urban America that without a doubt they are African, they are beautiful and that they are essential.
Baltimore Rhythm Festival
12Noon - 9PM (stay for the evening concert)
1600 Guilford Ave, Baltimore MD 21202
Free Outdoor Festival + evening concert