Bumbershoot: Thione Diop


Thione Diop and Yeke Yeke

In the Metblogs guide to Bumbershoot, it mentions both planning, not planning, and preparing to spend a few dollars on the excellent buskers around the event. While rushing from stage to stage yesterday, I stumbled across Thione Diop, who was happily drumming away to a small, bouncing crowd.

When I rushed past the same spot later in the day, Diop- a drummer/griot from Senegal- had garnered a pretty large crowd whose crescent shape blocked most of the walkway. He and percussion ensemble Yeke Yeke were smiling while rhythmically pounding out beats on their djembe drums, among other instruments. Before long, I was tapping my feet and dancing along with the rest of the onlookers.

So, I concur with the general Metblog consensus- see the bands you want to see, but don’t overlook the serendipity of stumbling across a great artist while wandering about Seattle Center.

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