Though it was hot at Camp Harbor View this past Tuesday, there was a breeze coming off the water and the sun couldn’t stop the campers from having a great time. I drove out to Long Island in Boston Harbor to see the second show in the New Center’s summer long performance series, the Explore World Arts program, and campers laughed and danced to songs performed by world fusion group, the Mamadou Band. For more information on the program, please see theNewCenter’s previous blog post here.

Hailing fromSenegal, and wearing a tie-dye shirt, band leader Mamadou Diop brought African guitar and drumming to the stage, as well as dancing campers and counselors. The six group members played traditional Senegalese music, reggae and other fusion styles, and the audience limboed and congaed in lines that stretched all around the seats. The campers and performers both showed incredible energy as they kept standing and grooving for the whole performance. After the show, campers played conga drums and jammed on the piano while band members instructed and encouraged them.