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Trudy Hipwell


Trudy Hipwell is a Calgary-based musician with twenty years’ experience in traditional West African drumming.  She studies regularly with musicians from Guinea, West Africa, and has studied extensively with world-renowned artist Mamady Keita, attending his by-invitation-only professional-level workshops while he was based out of North America (2004 – 2012).  She has been an accompanist for Mr Keita at workshops in Canada and the USA, and traveled to Guinea with Mr Keita in 2009 in an exploration of music and culture.

Trudy is a community leader in dance accompaniment, teaching, and performance in this and other genres.  She is happiest when making music with others.