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  DJEMBE! The Show at Apollo Theater

DJEMBE! The Show

Apollo Theater
2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

DJEMBE! (JEM-bay) will engage audiences in a high-energy program of powerful storytelling and inspiring music, including iconic pop hits. Leading this lively musical journey will be the trio of Broadway talent Ben Hope (Once) as Emcee; critically-acclaimed Chicago musical theater artist Rashada Dawan (Caroline, or Change) on lead vocals; and Guinean master drummer and folklorist Fode Lavia Camara, backed by an ensemble of world-class musicians.

Thru - Jun 9, 2019

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $39-$69

Show Type: Performance Art

Box Office: 773-935-6100

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins
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  DJEMBE! The Show Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"..."Djembe!," which is hoping for a long run at the Apollo, also has the advantage of appealing to multiple generations at once. Around me Wednesday night, kids smaller than their drums had a blast, as did some very mature drummers. You're not forced to play and - here's another of the show's main assets - the class is large enough to mask any inadequacies in the drumming department from any particular student. So there's a certain impunity from embarrassment. Cool idea. You can just pretend to be hitting the right spot, or you can go hell for leather. Or you can do as you're told."
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Chris Jones

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Tonight, was a transformative musical experience at the Apollo theatre. As you walk in the theatre every seat comes with a West Africa drum called the Djembe, beckoning you to touch and play it, and let your inner soul come out. With the help of the Emcee played by Ben Hope, he teaches us the magic and how to handle and play the Djembe. The main performer and singer, who teaches us the sounds and songs from West Africa Rashada Dawan, a native of Chicago, who's voice is so pleasant to listen to, and teaches us the culture of the Djembe."
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Frank Meccia

WTTW - Highly Recommended

"...While the musicians are superb in their rhythmic passion, it is Dawan’s glorious, genre-spanning voice, ebullient dancing, wonderfully sassy spirit and three costume changes (cheers for designer Montana Levi Blanco) from contemporary Afro-traditional, to shimmering black sheath, to colorful Calypso-modern blouse and pants, that easily steals the show and infuses it with a warm yet sassy peace-and-love vibe. Pure star quality."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Djembe! is an energetic and joyous performance with the audience participating in musical theater and a journey through the history of rhythm."
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Judy Nathan

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Djembe! is a Disney-like journey through the history of the West African drum, a kind of "Around the Drum in 80 Minutes" diorama, and that's OK. The intermission-less musical, in its US premiere at the Apollo Theater, is tailor-made for 'tweens and families eager to make some noise together."
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Karin McKie

Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...In this writer's opinion this might be a good show for children over the age of 10, but not too interesting for adults and especially those already familiar with this musical genre. The narrative of the show is written below the level of young adult fiction. It's especially a good fit for people who have no familiarity of the origins of this music. Nonetheless, it is a lively musical journey."
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Jacob Davis

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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