Aly Camara

Aly Camara is a master drummer from West Africa (Guinea). He excels in traditional West African musical arrangements and performs on Djembe, dundun, sangban, gongoma, and Krin. In his programs, Aly shares the cultural background and importance of traditional music and dance. He also plays drums for West African dancers. Aly provides artistic leadership to Sehwe Village Percussion. He teaches annually at several African drum and dance camps and teaches weekly classes and frequent residencies. He also leads an annual summer African dance series at Youth Villages in Douglasville, GA. He has a very patient style focused on sharing and carrying forward the traditions of West African culture.

Contact:

  • Phone – (404) 909-3059
  • Email – africanperformingarts@yahoo.com
  • Website – http://www.africanperformingarts.org

Arts Disciplines: Theatre/Drama, Music, Dance

Core Content Curriculum Areas: Music

Specialized Content Areas: World Cultures, Folk Music

Grade Levels: Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 (program varies by age level)

Special Populations: At-risk Students

Pre-Service Learning and Professional Development: Professional Development for Teaching Artists

Geographic Availability: Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, Middle Georgia, South Georgia

Program Fees:

  • Performance – Depends on number of artists needed, duration, and commitment for multiple shows. Pricing starts at $650, subject to discussion.
  • Workshop – Depends on number of students and if drums need to be provided. Pricing starts at $250, subject to discussion.
  • Residency – Depends on duration, recurrence, and number of students. Pricing starts at $300, subject to discussion.

Artistic Profile:

Aly Camara is a master drummer from West Africa (Guinea). He excels in traditional West African musical arrangements and performs on Djembe, dundun, sangban, gongoma and Krin. In his programs, Aly shares the cultural background and importance of traditional music and dance. He also plays drums for West African dancers.

Teaching Experience:

Aly provides artistic leadership to Sehwe Village Percussion. He teaches annually at several African drum and dance classes and teaches weekly classes and frequent residencies. He also leads an annual summer African dance series at Youth Villages in Douglasville, GA. He has a very patient style focused on sharing and carrying forward the traditions of West African culture.

Sample Programs:

  • Drum and Dance Cultural Presentation – Aly provides an energetic and informative drum and dance show with two or more additional artists. The drummers share examples of drum and dance, discuss geography, identify instruments and rhythms, engage the audience in clapping some of the musical parts, and bring some students and teachers on stage to learn some steps. This program is for all ages.
  • Drumming Residency – Aly visits a school for a defined period of time to teach rhythm in depth, prepare for a performance, or develop a show. This program is for 4th grade and up.
  • After or During School Drum Classes – Aly teaches weekly classes in traditional rhythms and culture. This can be an ongoing performing group with arrangements. This program is for 4th grade and up.

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