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Awa Guinean Drums

Percussions de Guinée

A contemporary reading
of a secular tradition.

Direction : Daniel «Dani» Camara et François Kokelaere
With : Hamidou "Gaucher" Camara, François Camara, Aboubacar "Djounkou" Camara, Aboubacar Moriah Touré, Aboubacar Soumah, Naby Camara
Lighting design : Guillaume Druel

Seven wonderful artists directed by François Kokelaere, who imagined and developed the unforgettable company WOFA! and the legendary National Ensemble of the Percussions of Guinea, around the young drummer "Dani" Daniel Fatou Abou Camara, the son of master percussionist “Fatouabou”.

Music, dance, scenography, poetry, humor: a full enter- tainment show and a delight for the eyes and ears, which transcend what Africa offers at its most unique!.

AWA GUINEAN DRUMS realised workshops, master classes of African drumming & dancing available upon request.

1987 saw the birth of " l’Ensemble National des Percussions de Guinée ", a falling star in the firmament of the constellations of the African percussion, which became a legend, stemming from the meeting between seven drummers of  Guinea’s National Ballet and  French artistic producer François Kokelaere. At that time, this project was under the authority and will of the National Manager of the Culture: Mr. Baïlo Téliwell Diallo.

In 1995, their roads parted…

Aboubacar Fatouabou Camara, Grand Master of the  Guinean coast’s percussions (Soussou tribe), founding member of “Ensemble National des Percussions de Guinée” and a former soloist in the  National Djoliba’s Ballet together with François Kokelaere, developed their artistic collaboration by starting " WOFA! " which sparkled the stages of four continents till 2003. Sixteen years of an incomparable artistic and human epic story!

5 years later, Fatouabou’s children, - all of them musicians and around the elder son, Daniel "Dani" and one of the youngest and most talented drummers of his generation, decided to continue the adventure, framed by their elders.
AWA GUINEAN DRUMS - Percussions de Guinée was born.
Following the trail of the amazing Guinean Percussion legend, forever registered in the permanent movement of History...

A contemporary reading
of a secular tradition.


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AWA Guinean Drums


AWA Guinean Drums



François Kokelaere


Bernard Schmidt Productions
16 Penn Plaza, Suite 545, New York, NY 10001, USA
Tel/fax : 1-212-564-4443


Malick Kébé
7ème avenue Koulewondy
B.P : 3913 Conakry - République de Guinée
Tél : (+224) 64 21 26 45 / 63 12 05 05 67 12 05 05

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