Drum and Dance Workshops
In Senegal

June 4 to June 18

For information contact:
Mark E. Sunkett
Tel: (480) 962-7547
Drums of Senegal Project
P.O. Box 31865
Mesa, Arizona 85275

Join Dr. Mark E. Sunkett in his continuing research. This is an unusual opportunity to live with the people and artists of Senegal. You are invited to join as we document drums and rhythms, dances and folklore. All fees are applied toward the research project and remain in Senegal with the host families and artists. In return, you have the opportunity to live, for a short while, as the Senegalese do, taking classes with local musicians and dancers.

Arrival: Wednesday June 4, 2003
Wednesday June 18, 2003


Drum and Dance classes in The Gambia


Activities: The activities will include 9 days of drum, dance and folklore classes. We will visit at least two cities. This will require two travel days. There are always special events and celebrations. Of course you will have time set aside for shopping. And, everyone receives one drum as part of his or her registration.

Accommodations: We will be living just outside of Dakar, visiting the Gambia, Cassamance, or St. Louis. A house, an apartment, or local cottages will be rented in each location. There will be 2 to 4 people in a room depending on the number of participants.


Simba Celebration in Bargny

You will need to bring your own bedding, i.e. sheets, a pillow and case, should you require one. A light sleeping bag or sleeping sack is an acceptable alternative. Foam mattresses will be provided. In most locations, bucket showers are the norm. You should bring a few rolls of toilet tissue. It may be difficult to find or more expensive than you think since this is considered a tourist item.

Meals are prepared by local families. Breakfast is fruit, coffee or tea, and French bread. We can provide eggs if you would like to prepare them yourself. You may also bring dehydrated foods or cereal with you.

Mango vendor

The large meal of the day is between 1 and 3 o'clock. The general diet often includes some variation of rice, vegetables, and fish. The evening meal is generally a lighter variation of rice, salads, or fish and chips. Chicken, lamb or beef are occasionally prepared as special meals. We will do our best to accommodate special needs, but realize that vegetarian menus and special diets are difficult to accommodate. You should plan on spending approximately $4.00 a day for bottled water, or you may bring a portable filtration System available at camping shops

Included in your registration is the cost of all ground transportation in Senegal associated with trip activities, all classes, housing, three meals a day, and special events.

Note: This fee does not include the round trip ticket from the United States to Dakar, Senegal, the cost of your passport, visas, gratuities, phone calls, and personal charges. Your tour participation and payment for this tour, is an agreement by you as a participant that Mark Sunkett or any representative shall not be liable for any accident, injury, property damage or personal loss to you or those traveling with you in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services resulting directly or indirectly from such occurrences or conditions beyond his control, including, but not limited to acts of terrorism, defects in vehicles, breakdowns of equipment, strikes, thefts, delay or cancellation in itinerary or schedules. You are responsible for acquiring your own passport, visas and immunizations. No visa is required for Senegal if you are a U.S. citizen. You will need a visa for The Gambia. This can be obtained in Dakar but it would save time to get this before you leave the United States.

In spring 2003 I will be leaving for Senegal on February 28. Payments must be made in full by May 15, 2003. You are responsible for your flight arrangements to Dakar. Plan to arrive in Dakar on June 4, 2003. Arrangements will to pick you up at the airport. After February 28, you will be able to communicate with me via e-mail:


Name: ________________________________

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Phone: _______________________________
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Emergency contact: _____________________

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Cost: $1500.00 made Payable to Mark Sunkett. This may be paid over three months: March 15 - $500.00; April 15 - $500.00; May 15 - $500.00.

Send to:
Mark E. Sunkett, Drums of Senegal Project
P.O. Box 31865, Mesa, Arizona 85275

For more information about the Drums of Senegal Project visit:
To see and hear material from previous trips visit the Photo and Video Gallery at:
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Click on Africa and then choose Senegal and/or Gambia. All trip arrangements are subject to change depending on the political and/or economic conditions at the time of travel.

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