Baba Asante Nalls is a djembefola (master drummer) of the Mali tradition, school of Abdouli Diakité. He learned traditional Mali rhythms, songs, dance and folklore from several international master drummers, including Chief Hawthorne Bey, master drummer for the Katherine Dunham Dance Theatre, Ladje Camara, lead drummer for the National Ballet du Senegal, Mor Thiam from Senegal, Adama Drame from Ivory Coast, Papa Abdouli Camara, choreographer and folkloric for the National Ballet du Senegal, and Fouday Musa Suso from Senegal. He has worked as an independent artist specializing in West African drum music, technique, tradition and folklore for the Muntu Dance Theatre, the Alyo Children’s Dance Theatre, Sun Drummer, Ballet Jiki and Alla Lakke, all of Chicago. His style does not leave his audience as passive watchers, but entices them into the performance. Through their participation in the rhythms, dance, songs, and folklore, his audience is lured into the Malinke culture of West Africa. His mission is to keep the rich culture of the djembe drum family alive, and he brings a wealth of knowledge to Mississippi. He is available for lectures, demonstrations, workshops, classes, personal lessons and performances.