An adventure of a lifetime!
Africa 2021 dates soon to come!
Come with me to Sangbaralla,
The Hamana Arts Center will be a school where Masters and students from around the world come together to exchange, teach, perform and study the traditional arts of the Hamana region. This region fosters some of the greatest drummers in the world, like my uncle, Famadou Konate, and others such as Nounmody Keita, Nansady Keita, Solo Keita to name a few who help to preserve and spread this traditional style.
To all those throughout the world who carry this tradition and those who have passed into the amazing study of West African arts know how important it is for this exchange to continue. For this art form to remain culturally vibrant and intact - its artists must earn a living. To have housing, a place to teach, to study, to perform, and to have a center from which to pull this together and to pass these traditions on to our children is essential.
BECAUSE OF YOU we have made progress!
Namory Keita is a sought after Master Drummer with a unique style and a wealth of traditional knowledge very rare to find outside the villages of Guinea, West Africa. His resources include not only his wonderful ability to engage any audience but also his relationships with dancers and drummers both locally and around the world.
This amazing video is of Namory Keita in his earlier years in his village of Sangbaralla, Guinea.
Master Village Drummer
Sangbaralla, Guinea, West Africa
Portland, Maine, USA