Drum & Dance Workshop with Sayon Camara - March 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2019

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2019 is here and we hope you all had a lovely holiday season! It won't be long before we will be welcoming back djembefola extraordinaire, Sayon Camara.

Sayon loves sharing the music from his homeland and we feel fortunate to have him coming to Maine so soon just after returning from his village home in Guinea, West Africa. Sayon will teach the song, djembe accompaniment, djembe solo lines and dunun parts for several West African pieces of music. This will be a great workshop and we very much hope to see you, so be sure to sign up early!


sayon 2018 2Friday evening and Saturday day we will drum on both djembe and dunun. On Sunday, Sayon will teach on djembe and dunun 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 playing, dancing and experience levels, from beginner through advanced, are welcome to these workshops.

The classes are taught in the large, bright music room of the Woolwich Central School in Woolwich, Maine.

Register below, or by phone: 207-464-0004.


When: Friday, March 1st, 6pm-8pm; Saturday, March 2nd, 12 noon-4pm; Sunday, March 3rd, 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 February 15, 2019

Friday, March 1st, 6pm to 8pm, Drum Workshop
Early Bird Special Through February 15th: $35
Regular Price after February 15th: $40
At the Door: $45

Saturday, March 2nd, 12 noon to 4pm, Drum Workshop
Early Bird Special Through February 15th: $65
Regular Price after February 15th: $75
At the Door: $85

Sunday, March 3rd, 12 noon to 3pm, Drum and Dance Workshop
Early Bird Special Through February 15th - drumming & dancing: $45
Regular Price after February 15th - drumming & dancing: $50
At the Door drumming & dancing: $55

Dance Only - Sunday, March 3rd, 2pm-3pm
Early Bird Special Through February 15th - dance only: $10
Regular Price after February 15th - dance only: $15
At the Door dance only: $20


March 1st & 2nd, 2019, Fri & Sat Drumming Workshops Only
Early Bird Special Through February 15th: $90
Regular Price: $105

Friday-Sunday, March 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2019: 2 Drum Workshops + 1 Drum/Dance Workshop
Early Bird Through February 15th: $130
Regular: $150


Sayon 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.

For more info on Sayon, please visit: http://www.sayoncamaradrumming.com

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.

Register directly below, or by phone: 207-464-0004.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Properties

Event date 03/01/2019
Event End Date 03/03/2019
Location Woolwich Central School
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