Drum Café North | Team Building Quote | Team Building Cincinnati | Get a Quote | Team Building Michigan

Drum Café North | Pre-Program Team Building Planner | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Get a Pre-Program Planner | Team Building Michigan

Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Get a Quote for Team Building | Team Building Michigan

Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Testimonials | Team Building Michigan

Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

DALE MONNIN

Dale helps bring the Drum Café to you following a successful career in sales and sales management.  With an MBA in International Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Dale has worked for top global technology firms such as Parametric Technology, IBM and NCR.  Dale has worked on four continents, building and developing cross-cultural teams in marketplaces as diverse as post-apartheid South Africa (where he first took up drumming) and the Pacific Rim.  An avid traveler, his adventures have taken him through some 130 cities in more than 45 countries.  With the Drum Café here in the U.S., Dale has used a unique repertoire of programming to enhance organizational health for more than 10 years with over a million attendees from well over 1,000 organizations!
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

ALSENY SYLLA

Alseny was born in Conakry, Guinea, and began studying African drums with the Federation Company at the age of 16. He later toured Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast with Etoile du Cdum.

In 1987 he moved from Guinea to Abidjan, Ivory Coast where he worked for the next 11 years with the companies C’dyao and Koteba, the first national company composed of many different African ethnic groups from different countries that combined theater, music, dance and ancestral traditions. They toured Central and Western Africa, Europe, and the U.S.

Leaving Africa for New York in 1990, Alseny began performing with two West African ensembles, Foliba and Acquaba. He relocated to Austin in 2000, where he currently teaches classes in djembe and djun djun and accompanying West African dance classes at Tapestry Dance Studio, Atomic Dance Factory and the Arabic Bazaar. He has also accompanied West African dance classes at the University of Texas at Austin, Kenny Doram School for the Performing Arts and Zilker Elementary School.

He is a faculty member of the Afrikan Village Drum and Dance Camp in Dripping Springs and the Lisangua Ya Bato drum and dance camp in upstate New York. In addition to playing with Atash and Vengo, Alseny is co-founder and director of the drum and dance ensemble Lannaya, which means “confidence” in his native language, Su Su.
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

AJ FLORES

Percussionist AJ “Rock” Flores was born in Midland, TX in 1976 to Raymond “Kama” Flores, a Tejano Hall of Famer. No doubt he was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. At 4 years old he was already rocking the living room on a miniature drum set.

By the age of 8, he took the stage for the first time with his dad playing a snare with the Tortilla Factory. Now you will find him grooving with congas, bongos and timbales or the high energy rhythms of the djembe and djun-djuns.
 
AJ landed his first tour with Jennifer Pena y Los Jetz when he was 18.  He has since toured with Bobby Pulido, AB Quintanilla y Los Kumbia Kings, Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo MAZZ, DJ Kane, Jay Perez, Ruben Ramos and The Mexican Revolution, and Las 3 Divas (Stefani Montiel, Shelly Lares, Elida Reyna) which included a USO Tour to Japan in 2006.  He has also worked with Jaime Y Los Chamacos, La Mafia, La Deferenzia, Joe Bravo, Augustine Ramirez, Sunny Ozuna, and Avizo.
 
Over the last several years, he has toured with the acclaimed Drum Café, where he performs as a Senior member of Drum Café South. He still maintains close ties with his passion, Tejano music, recording and performing at major events.
 
His energy, confidence, versatility and showmanship have made him one of the most sought-after percussionists in the industry. AJ is a 13-time Grammy nominee and has earned two Latin Grammys and two American Grammys. He has also been recognized by the Tejano Academy with a “Percussionist of the Year” award. He is endorsed by such companies as TOCA Percussion, Gibraltar, Vic Firth, Evans, Paiste, Taye Drums, SKB, and Basin Graphics. He attributes his top echelon success to an all-consuming passion for learning, performing and sharing of his music.
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

ABOUBACAR SYLLA

Abou was born into a family of musicians in Conakry, Guinea in West Africa. His musical career began at the age of 5 when his uncle gave him a djembe. When he was a child, Abou moved from Conakry to a village where he began his study of the balafon. He lived, studied and performed with his balafon teacher until he was 19, when he moved back to Conakry to perform with his family and other musicians.

After returning to Conakry, Abou was invited to join Les Ballets Africains, the prestigious national dance company of Guinea. For six years he performed with them, playing not one, but five instruments – the balafon, djembe, krin, doundoun and bote.  

Abou has performed in Africa, Holland and throughout the United States. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he performs and teaches when he’s not onstage with Drum Cafe South as their lead Djembe player.
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

SEVYLLA DEL MAZO

In addition to her role as a Senior Program Facilitator and drummer for Drum Café South, Sevylla is a full-time musician, teaching artist, and mother who has been studying and performing West African and Afro-Caribbean traditional music for 15 years, and has over 10 years experience working with “at-risk” youth.

In 2000 she received certification in Afro-Cuban drum and dance from the Casa de la Cultura, Old Havana, Cuba, and returned to Cuba in 2001 for additional training with the Conjunto Folklorico de Trinidad, Cuba.

She was commissioned in 2006 to produce a Cuban “carnaval” float for the inaugural First Night Austin festival, a New Year’s celebration of the arts. In the fall of 2008, Sevylla received an award from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division to bring drum programming to the Dove Springs community.

In addition to her work with youth, Sevylla has been a company member of Lannaya Drum and Dance Ensemble, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, since its inception in 2000, joining the board in 2009. She has been on stage with Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction at SXSW 2009; she plays in the Austin area with Latin-Jazz trio Acoustic Jungle, opening for Aaron Neville at the San Antonio Jazz Fest; as well as Strunz and Farrah, Jose Feliciano, Earl Klugh, and The Rippingtons at One World Theatre.
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

NOAH MOSGOFIAN

Noah has been drumming for over 20 years. Prior to joining Drum Cafe South, Noah’s performance career included six years of touring with the international hit show STOMP and scores of award-winning bands including Lost at Last (RCA records), Del Castillo and Atash. He has made guest appearances with Sekouba “Bambino” Diabate, Joan Baez, Phil Lesh (Greatful Dead), Wil-Dog (of Ozomatli), and others.

He has taught thousands of students here and abroad, with the San Francisco Ballet’s dance outreach program, Scotland’s Edinburgh Int’l Festival, Bantu Camp, Camp Fareta, and Camp Mabina. Noah’s teachers include the top names in many disciplines: Mamady Keita, “Changuito” Quintana, Mike Spiro, C.K. Ladzekpo, Fara Tolno, Jorge Alabe, Mabiba Baegne, and many more.
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

DAVID MONTALVO

David was born in San Antonio, Texas. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Texas State University, served 26 years in the San Antonio Fire Department as a Lieutenant Firefighter-Paramedic, owns Montalvo Leather and is a professional actor and model. David is a charismatic person who enjoys an active lifestyle, fitness, healthy nutrition and personally training others in exercise/longevity techniques.

His drumming began at age 7 and later intensified as he studied with Afro-Cuban and West African Master Drummers on the congas, bongos, timbales, djembe, djun djuns and various other percussion instruments.

David is a Certified Drum Circle Facilitator and a “world percussionist” with several local bands in the San Antonio area. He is a high energy, enthusiastic program facilitator for corporate, school administration, faculty, and students, as well as private interactive events and performances.
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

NINA RODRIGUEZ
Nina Rodriguez is a nationally celebrated, Grammy-winning percussionist, musical performer, clinician and educator. Her extraordinary energy and dedication to the power of music, drumming and performance has shaped her career as a lead Facilitator with Drum Cafe and a celebrated independent musician.  

Through Drum Café, Nina has inspired thousands of Fortune 1,000 employees from all sectors of Healthcare to Banking, Technology and more, including those from Microsoft, Levis, Gap, Universal Music Group, NBC, Google, and scores of school districts throughout the US.  She is an endorsed artist for Toca Percussion, Vic Firth and Zildjian

Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

MICHAEL MADISON

Michael has been a lifelong percussionist, vocalist and overall music enthusiast, and has been performing with Drum Cafe South for most of its existence. He has trained and performed extensively in Japan in addition to his work in the U.S.

Michael holds a Masters degree in Technology from UTSA, with a broad array of experience in the corporate world.
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

DANNIE SNYDER
Dannie Snyder, originally from Washington DC, is a full-time teaching artist in music primarily, but also in theatre and film production; incorporating as much movement/dance into her classes/workshops as she can!  She works and volunteers with a variety of organizations, many of which are dedicated to bringing the arts to "disadvantaged" and "at-risk" youth, including incarcerated teens.  With a variety of skills, she has been referred to as a modern "Renaissance Woman," charged by a passion to revolutionize art for the 21st Century.  Part-time, she is currently focusing on working as a professional percussionist (including drum set) and music video filmmaker - she recently performed with SORNE at SXSW 2015 and was nominated at the 2015 Austin Music Video Festival for her puppet music video with THE PLEASE PLEASE ME. 
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

YANCY VEGA

Yancy is our logistics/operations manager, coordinating nearly 200 programs a year. After running his own food distributorship business for 15 years, he decided to make a career change and join Drum Cafe South. His business experience is a tremendous asset and his work in developing and delivering plans to move drums and people efficiently and effectively is a key component to the success of our programs. When Yancy is not on the road for Drum Cafe, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Drum Café North | Team Building Philadelphia | Team Building Cincinnati | Our Team | Team Building Michigan

AICHA CONDE SYLLA
Aicha was born in 1976 in the Highland region of Guinea and began singing as a young child.  She learned singing from her mother who comes from one of the great families of Mandingo griots.  As an adolescent, her creativity and sensitivity to the beauty of the Mandingo musical repertoire inspired her to compose songs and assist in arranging their musical accompaniments. 

Aicha began her professional career as a singer with the Ensemble Instrumental de Guinée.  She then became a chorister with world-renowned griot Sékouba Bambino for 3 years before being recruited as a principal vocalist for Amazones Women Master Drummers’ in 2000.  She brings a new element to the group: the acoustic guitar.  Aicha also composes and arranges musical pieces for Amazones in which she is often featured as a soloist. 

Aicha’s strength of character and determination have enabled her to become one of the few women in West Africa to learn the kora, the crowned instrument of the griot, under the tutelage of one of the master kora players of the Mandingo culture.