The sound of the drums is so overwhelming that James Didi, an instructor at the Zenon Dance School, needs to shout to be heard above the din. Traditional West African drum music demands to be felt as much as heard, and the two dozen students in this evening's West African dance class appear to feed off the aural intensity. They divide into two groups, each half taking its turn moving across the floor--arms swooping, chins jutting--as the nearby drummers, led by Guinea native Fodé Bangoura, adapt their rhythms to each new set of steps. Two days from now, while Jonny Lang wanks his way through Jesse Ventura's inaugural blowout at the Target Center, Bangoura and his half-circle of percussionists will make incidental drum music in the arena's cold corridors. But tonight, he plays for an impassioned audience, and this... More >>>