Come to my village, Sangbarala!
All Levels DRUM INTENSIVE
Guinea, WEST AFRICA - with Master Village Drummer
January - February, 2019 (Details TBA)
Get ready to be imersed in the culture and rhythms of the Hamana region with Namory Keita & his drumming family!
We meet in Conakry, the capitol of Guinea, to explore the city, its culture and wonderful neighborhoods, and of course, daily drum classes!
Next we travel to the beautiful waterfalls of Kindia before heading north to the village of Sangbarala, where we get deep into the magic of Africa. We cross the Niger river into the Hamana region where some of the most renowned drummers in the world have begun their musical lives. Amazing!
Imagine being surrounded by great drummers playing the full Dounoun ensemble for each of your Djembé or Doun classes.
You will hear and feel the music as you never have before.
This Sangbarala-check it out!
Come with me to my village!
Still happening in the Village today!
$1600 for our basic 4 week package
Come for 1 week or stay up to 4 weeks - approx. $400 pr wk - can't beat that!
Deposit $400 by November 1st, 2018
Fees include lodging, light breakfast, lunch and dinner (this may vary during traveling/special trips)
5 hrs of lessons in drum daily, except while traveling.
Cold water & drinks will be available for purchase at all times.
You are responsible for all travel to and from Guinea.
Pick up your drum order in Conakry!
This is one of the first things we will do upon arrival.
Ordering your drum to play while in Guinea is an important piece to to think about. Namory guarantees great quality and a much better experience of study when on your own drum. Most of the djembes for student use in Guinea may not be the quality you are used to but there will be drums available for use.
Place & pay for your orders by November 1st, 2018
These prices are fair market estimates as the cost of wood in Guinea varies.
Bring a great drum home with you for a great price!
(Approx. costs as wood prices can vary)
Djembe = $250
Douns = full Set $900
Doun = $400 Sangban = $300 Kenkeni = $200
Djembe bags = $40
Arrange for your arrival on January 9th, you will be met at the airport and taken to your place of lodging to settle in. A driver and van will be assisting our travel throughout Guinea.
Beginning January (exact dates-TBA)
Our lodging in Conakry will be in the Simbaya neighborhood, the heart of where many famous artists live and visit, especially this time of year - winter!
Famadou Konate's compound is in this 'hood' as well as Alhasan's Café where you can enjoy a café noir or an excellent omelet and meet many local musicians! This central location will allow for easy travel, provide space for lessons, dounoun bah (dance & drum parties) and comfortable sleeping!
The Basic Daily Itinerary
Typical Breakfast might include tea/cafe noir, fruit, bread, eggs, avocado, oranges
Expect lunch and dinner to be delicious traditional African dishes with ingredients bought fresh daily from the market.
10 AM - 1 PM Morning Drum Class
Lunch is served / lounge or explore
4-6 PM Afternoon Drum Class
Dinner is served / lounge or explore
Travel Outline (always subject to change for events and student preferences)
Enjoy a trip to the beautiful waterfalls of Kindia en route to Sangbarala, the amazing home of Famadou Konate and Namory Keita
Enjoy festivals that happen during the week along with surprise visits, events, swimming and hanging by the Niger river and generally enjoying the village culture
Returning to Conakry to resume our drum lessons and explore the happenings
Students may want to take a trip to the beautiful Isle of Roume to relax on the fabulous beaches during this week.
Possibilities while in Conakry:
Shopping for material in downtown Conakry - Namory knows the special places! There are shops for carvings, clothing, and of course the amazing markets! Visit a dance company rehearsal, enjoy invites from artists to perfomances or events, or maybe visit Youssouf Koumbassa's studio in the neighborhood of Nongo!
There are always surprises like festivals, impromptu perfomances & concerts to take advantage of when in Guinea - so be prepared for schedule changes - be prepared for learning from the masters and for fun!
Check your local post office - they can be extremely helpful.
Make sure your passport has no less than 6 months left on it from the date of your return from Guinea.