Moultonborough studio hosting West Africa drumming workshop with Sayon Camara on September 14

MOULTONBOROUGH — Traditional drum player Sayon Camara will grace the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee during an afternoon West African Drumming workshop on Saturday, September 14 at the Holland Hill Yoga and Fitness Studio in Moultonborough. The workshop will run from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Camara, who resides in Woodstock, Vermont most of the year has played the djembe (traditional drum) since he was seven years old, when one was gifted to him by his father who also played. He spent 30 years in the village of his birth playing as the djembefola. In his traditional language which is Malinke, spoken by the Mandinka people of Guinea, djembefola means simply, one who plays the djembe.

There are not many among Camara's people these days who undertake the rigor of being a djembefola. In fact, Camara's last teacher, the world renowned master djembefola, Famoudou Konate has opened the doors to anyone, from any nationality, who wishes to learn in an effort to keep the traditional music alive.

In a West African village such as the one Camara grew up in, being the djembefola meant playing for the people as they lived their daily lives, whether harvesting rice, naming a baby, or marrying, a celebration that calls for four days of drumming. In addition to the djembe, three other drums typically accompany the djembe, known as dununs, as well as a song, sung in Malinke.

Admission is $50 per person. All levels are welcome to participate. Advance registration requested. To register or for more information call 802-779-4914 or visit