Submitted by Linda T. Celi (inactive) on Friday, 8/26/2011, at 9:14 AM

Marilyn M. Sylla currently is a five college lecturer teaching at Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst, College and UMass, Amherst. She has performed and taught in Brazil, Haiti, West Africa, including Guinea, Senegal, the Gambia and the Casamance and the United States. She has performed and taught at Jacob's Pillow, Omega Institute in New York, Kripalua Center, Rockefeller Center, California Technical Institute, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for the Latin American Music Awards and has also performed with folksinger Pete Seeger. In 1990 the Bamidele Dancers & Drummers performed in Boston for Nelson Mandela. Marilyn & the Bamidele Dancers & Drummers have released two CDs of African, Caribbean and Brazilian music, "Live" and "United". In addition she and her husband have released an African dance instructional video, "Wofa Baron" (Come Let's Dance). She and her husband Sekou Sylla, former princpal dancer/acrobat with Les Ballets Africains, the National Dance Company of the Republic of Guinea, W. Africa direct the Bamidele Dancers & Drummers which presents workshops, concerts, residencies and arts & education lecture demonstrations.