DANCE AND DRUM WORKSHOP
Participants will travel with Naby Bangoura to the city of Conakry and his home village of Kindia. We will learn the dances, rhythms, and songs of peoples across Guinea, from the coastal region to the forest region.
Naby and others will share the history and stories of the rhythms and cultural traditions. We will visit dance companies such as the National Ballet, Les Ballets Africains de Guinee, Ballet Djoliba, and Les Merveilles de Guinee.cMonday-Friday there will be two dance classes scheduled each day with Naby and local artists. We will enjoy the waterfall in Kindia, the island of Roume, the large markets in Conarkry, and dundumba parties.
Drum students will be able to study with guest drum teachers and perform with local drummers to accompany dance classes.
If you are customizing workshop dates, check with Naby before making travel arrangements to confirm the travel dates to Kindia and Roume and find out what flights others are on. Naby is hosting a big dundunba party on Jan 19th. Choreography will build throughout the workshop. All levels of dancers and drummers welcome, no experience necessary. You can view video from Naby’s 2006 trip here.
PAYMENT Please send deposit of 50% with this registration form. Final payment of 50% due Nov 1.
Please send payment to: Naby Bangoura 1722 Stuart Street #A Berkeley, CA 94703 Cell: (510) 290-4787 Home: (510) 666-8801
CONTACT INFO IN GUINEA
Family in Conakry, Guinea: 011-224-66-60-14-70
LODGING AND FOOD Naby’s family will provide home cooked meals and lodging in Conakry. Breakfast includes coffee, eggs, and local fresh fruit. Lunch and dinner include home cooked rice with African sauce.
PASSPORT AND VISA American citizens need a US Passport and visa. For a visa, you will need application, passport, 3 photos, airline ticket, proof of yellow fever immunization and $45. For info, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea in Washington, D.C. (202- 986-4300) or New York. Contact Naby for assistance.
Airlines flying to Conakry: Air France: www.airfrance.us (SFO to Paris, Paris to Conakry) Also, Brussels Airlines: www.brusselsairlines.com Delta: www.delta.com Royal Air Maroc from New York www.royalairmaroc.com