Sorry for the late post on this one, but if you’re looking for something to do tomorrow afternoon, how about doing some drumming at an African drum class?
Master Teacher Aboubacar Oscar Camara of Guinea West African Drum and Dance Ensemble will be holding a class at the Brew House Space 101 Gallery on Sunday from 1 – 3:30pm.
“We invite all ages to come together here to learn the basics of African drumming.Beginner and intermediate players are welcome. Bring a djembe, conga, doundoun, samban or kenkeni, or borrow one from a friend. (Sorry, we don’t have any drums to loan at this time)
Come and enjoy Mr. Camara’s broad knowledge and supportive teachings of West African rhythms and drumming technique.
$10 for 1 hour lesson, or $15 for 1½ hour lesson
Born in Kindia, Guinea, West Africa, Aboubacar Camara acquired his nickname “Oscar” as a young teenager, while climbing the ranks in government-sponsored dance competitions, winning one “oscar” after another, on his path to national and international fame. Mr. Camara has been the lead dancer and choreographer for the Federal Ballet Troupe of Kindi, and Les Ballets Africains, the nationalballet company of Guinea, Guinea Ballet Sanké and Ensemble Koteba D’Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast. Mr. Camara has toured all of Europe, Asia and the United States, and has danced at the Bolshoi Theater, in Moscow. He performed in movies, stage performances and as lead dancer in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics opening ceremonies.
In 2006, Mr. Camara moved to Pittsburgh and joined Umoja African Arts Company, where he worked for two years. In addition, hehas had many teaching and performing engagements in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, including a teaching position at Dance Alloy Theater School and many workshops, assemblies and master classes at public and private schools and dance studios.
Currently, Mr. Camara serves as artistic director of Guinea West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, which has performedthroughout the Pittsburgh region. Mr. Camara has taught African drum and dance classes at Your Inner Vagabond Coffee Shop, Falk School, and the Union Project among others.
For more information:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.myspace.com/aboubacaroscar
The Brew House SPACE 101 Gallery is located at 2100 Mary Street @ 21st Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)