Traditionally, women do not play the role of master djembe drummer in West Africa. But in 2002, the managing director of Les Percussions de Guinee, Mamoudou Conde, launched an all-female ensemble, Amazones: The Women Master Drummers of Guinee, to bring equality to the West African musical craft. Besides playing the beats and rhythms of Africa on the drums, the group also attempts to improve the lives of its members. Many were jobless and homeless before being recruited. They perform at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and at 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. Tickets range from $6 to $25. 301-277-1710.
Middle Eastern Moves
No costumes are necessary to watch "Enchantment: An Intimate Evening of Magical Middle Eastern Dance" at Joe's Movement Emporium on Halloween. The dance theater performance includes both group and solo pieces that blend drama, sensuality and humor as it explores Middle Eastern fairy tales, legends and traditions. Professionals and students dance to Arabic and Turkish music. The show begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at Joe's Movement Emporium, 3802 34th St. in Mount Rainier. Tickets are $15. 301-699-1819.
Nashville star Vince Gill brings his act to Upper Marlboro on Saturday. The country music singer, a native of Oklahoma, will perform up-tempo songs and ballads in a concert scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at the Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Gill's string of music honors includes multiple Grammys and Country Music Awards. Tickets are $55 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. 301-952-7999.