New Moon Ensemble

New Moon Ensemble ~
Guinea Style West African Dance & Drum 

New Moon Ensemble members share a love for the music and dance traditions of Guinea, West Africa, the accompanying traditions and the gift of intercultural exchange. As an ensemble family we represent and embrace diverse ethnicities, build community and inspire international study and collaboration through the healing power of music and dance.

Lead by master village drummer Namory Keita from Sangbarala, Guinea, and dancer/choreographer Marita Kennedy-Castro from Wabanaki territory/Maine, the ensemble includes multi-talented musician Annegret Baier from Germany, as well as a handful of other skilled musicians and dancers from the community.


New Moon Ensemble’s performances offer the uplifting rhythms and dances into the world as prayers for peace and well-being for all. We are available for hire to bring entertainment and joy to festivals, fairs, weddings, graduation ceremonies, baby blessings and more.

New Moon Ensemble dancers at Congress Square Park Performance, 2019

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New Moon Ensemble performs at Congress Square Park, Portland, ME 2016

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