New Moon Ensemble

New Moon Ensemble
Dance & Drumming of Guinea, West Africa

New Moon Ensemble members share a love for the music and dance 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 Confederacy territory/Maine, the ensemble includes multi-talented musician Annegret Baier from Germany, as well as a handful of other devoted musicians and dancers from the community.

New Moon Ensemble’s performances offer 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 performs at Merrill Auditorium in “Tales of Bells and Drums”, Summer 2021 | Photo Credit: Liany Media
New Moon Ensemble with special guests Sayon Camara & Seny Daffe, Congress Square Park, Portland, ME
New Moon Ensemble performs at Congress Square Park, Portland, ME 2019
New Moon Ensemble in “Tales of Bells & Drums” at the Merrill Auditorium, Summer 2021 | Photo Credit: Liany Media
New Moon Ensemble at 317 Main Community Music Center’s “Henry Fest” in 2019


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