(321) 947-1747 or (405) 414-0808
Music, Creative Movement/ Dance
Childhood, adolescents, intergenerational, adult, youth at risk, older adults, people with disabilities
Schools: elementary, middle schools, high schools, alt-ed, higher education
Central Oklahoma, Year-round
Aboubacar Camara has practiced West African drumming and dance since the age of six. As a child, Camara trained and performed for seven years with the Children’s Troupe of the Republic of Guinea. Camara continued to practice his craft into adulthood, leading a professional West African Drum and Dance performance group called Bougarabou Performance Troupe from 1997 – 2002. Although based in Senegal, the group traveled to locations including Japan, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia to perform. Before relocating to Oklahoma, Camara also worked for several years within the public school system of Atlanta, Georgia.
Camara moved to Oklahoma in 2012, and formed a new percussion group: Conakry Percussion, which has performed at numerous venues and events around the Oklahoma City area. Camara has also worked as an accompanist for African Dance classes at the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. Currently, Camara teaches both an African drum and and an African dance class at Metropolitan School of Dance in Oklahoma City. He has recently formed a youth performance group called Kountiya, and is working with them to develop a repertoire for performance.
Camara is passionate about sharing the art form he has practiced since childhood, and is adaptable to working with age groups from elementary to adult and with students from widely differing communities and backgrounds. His primary goal is sharing his traditions with new audiences.
As an artist raised in the traditions that he presents, this artist brings an authentic perspective to his classes and workshops and gives students the chance to learn unique forms of dance and music from a professional with decades of experience in his craft.
African drumming is very therapeutic and can help individuals release mental stress connected to physical or emotional traumas. It can be used to aid individuals who are recovering from illness, addiction or things of that nature.
In addition, Drum Students will:
- learn different percussion rhythms from various African cultural traditions
- learn the meanings of the rhythms and about the cultures from which they derive.
- have an increased ability to focus and concentrate generally, and will improve listening ability.
Dance Students will:
- learn dances and rhythms from a variety of African cultures.