Sayon Camara West African Drumming & Dancing Workshop, April 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2018

It may not look it outside yet, but we are heading towards spring and that means Sayon returns to New England, from Guinea, West Africa!

sayon 2018 3Sayon Camara is a gifted, master djembefola and a wonderful teacher. At seven years old his father, also an accomplished djembe player, gave Sayon his first djembe. Sayon drummed in his own village of Kouya Sidia in Kouroussa, central Guinea, for 31 years and then left as a master djembefola to work in Conakry, Guinea with Famoudou Konate. He worked for eight years alongside Famoudou, playing on his CD’s, giving concert appearances and teaching at Famoudou’s workshops. Later, he started leading his own workshops in Guinea and Japan. Since then, Sayon has become a much sought-after instructor and musician, leading his own ensemble of drummers and dancers, and performing for many different celebrations and occasions. Along with his vast knowledge of the music of Guinea, West Africa, Sayon is known for his joy, kindness and gently compassionate spirit. His ability to share his musical gifts, and empower beginners as well as advanced players, is profound. Those who have studied with him say they are positively changed forever. 

sayon 2018 2Friday evening and Saturday we will drum. On Sunday, Sayon will teach drumming for a couple hours and then the final hour will be a dance class, taught by Lev and accompanied by Sayon as lead djembefola. Participants may dance, drum for the dancers along with Sayon, or do a bit of both! 

All classes are in the large, bright music room of the Woolwich Central School. We are a non-competitive group, and enjoy supporting each other through our own, individual learning processes. 

All playing, dancing and experience levels, from beginner through advanced, are welcome to these workshops!

Register directly on-line or by phone: 207-464-0004. 


When: Friday, April 20th, 6pm-8pm; Saturday, April 21st, 12 noon-4pm; Sunday, April 22nd Drum & Dance Class, 12 noon-3pm
Where: The music room of the Woolwich Central School, 137 Nequasset Road, Woolwich, ME (only 7 minutes from Resounding Rhythms, heading towards Bath, ME.)
What to bring: your djembe, recording device, notebook, water and comfortable workout clothes or African-inspired dancewear for the dance class on Sunday.

We will have dunun to play, however, if you happen to have dunun that you’d like to bring, they are always appreciated.

There will be a 5-minute break on Friday night, a longer break on Saturday, and a short break between the drum and dance classes on Sunday. You are welcome to bring a brown bag snack/lunch and beverage on Saturday, and a snack and beverage on Sunday.


Early Bird Pricing Through April 6th, 2018

Friday, April 20th, 2018, 6pm to 8pm, Drum Workshop
Early Bird Special Through April 6th: $35
Regular Price after April 6th: $40
At the Door: $45

Saturday, April 21st, 2018, 12 noon to 4pm, Drum Workshop
Early Bird Special Through April 6th: $65
Regular Price after April 6th: $75
At the Door: $85

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018, 12 noon to 3pm, Drum and Dance Workshop
Early Bird Special Through April 6th - drumming & dancing: $45
Regular Price after April 6th - drumming & dancing: $50
At the Door drumming & dancing: $55

Dance Only - Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 2pm-3pm
Early Bird Special Through April 6th - dance only: $10
Regular Price after April 6th - dance only: $15
At the Door dance only: $20

April 20th & April 21st, 2018, Fri & Sat Drumming Workshops Only
Early Bird Special Through April 6th: $90
Regular Price: $105

Fri-Sun, April 20th, 21st, & 22nd, 2018: 2 Drum Workshops + 1 Drum/Dance Workshop
Early Bird Through April 6th: $130
Regular: $150

sayon 2018 1Sayon is a West African drumming master with the rare gifts of kindness, emotional warmth, and clarity-of-purpose. He lovingly shares the rich culture of the drum and the music and song from the Sankaran region of Guinea. With an amazing 14 year apprenticeship to world-renowned Famoudou Konate, during which Sayon was a member of Famoudou’s Hamana Foli Kan ensemble along with Billy Konate, Nansady Keita, and others, Sayon is honored to think of Famoudou as his drum father. Sayon's impeccable sense of musical time, his mastery of Guinean melody on dunun, and his sound on the djembe that is as clear as a bell, make him an excellent teacher for advanced and beginning students alike.

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Lev is incredibly passionate about dance. When asked, she states emphatically, “I love to dance!” After studying many dance forms throughout her life, Lev came to West African dance in 2008. She started her West African journey, studying with Famoudou Konate’s daughters, Diaka and Koria Konate, Famoudou's daughter-in-law, Sire Diallo, and the legendary Fanta Korosi, a well respected and much-loved griot, dancer, and one of the earliest Guinean dancers to be involved in West African theatrical productions of dance. Currently, Lev’s main focus of interest is the traditional village dances of the Sankaran Malinke people of Guinea. When she travels to Guinea, she studies with Saran Conde of Kouroussa, Guinea, a dancer of unparalleled dignity, grace, and joy, who dances with Ballet Africans. Lev strives to honor the traditions of Guinean dance as shown to her and hopes to lovingly bring the full spirit that Malinke village dance embodies, to her students.

PLEASE NOTE - These workshops will NOT be held at the Resounding Rhythms Studio. They will be held in the music room of the Woolwich Central School, 137 Nequasset Road, Woolwich, ME. This is 7 minutes from our studio in Wiscasset, heading towards Bath, ME. From the Brunswick area, it is only 6 minutes from the Bath bridge, as you head to Woolwich.

For more information or to register via phone, call us at 207-464-0004.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Event date 04/20/2018
Event End Date 04/22/2018
Location Woolwich Central School
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