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Rhythm of Life African Drumming

Rhythm of Life African Drumming share their passion and experience of traditional African percussion to educate, inspire and develop cultural awareness. Combining Mohamed Camara’s extensive understanding of Guinean music and culture with Anna Camara’s knowledge and experience of both Western and Guinean percussion traditions, Rhythm of Life provide a complete educational and cultural experience.

Mohamed Camara

Mohamed Camara is a valuable resource for the traditional music of West Africa, with his extensive repertoire of rhythms and songs. His passion for music, captivating playing style and connection with audiences and students alike has made him a highly respected musician in both Australia and Guinea.

Mohamed was born in Guinea Conakry, West Africa, into the Manding family. Growing up surrounded by Guinea's rich and vibrant musical tradition, it became his passion from an early age. At ten years old, Mohamed began an apprenticeship with internationally renowned Guinean master drummer Ton Ton Sylla, studying djembe, dun duns, and song. This led Mohamed to teach students traveling from Europe, America and Australia. Mohamed has performed in many of Guinea’s leading drum and dance ensembles, including Ballet Bolonta, internationally renowned ensemble Les Sorciers de Guinée, directed by Miriam Makeba's percussionist Papa Kouyaté, and was a founding member and djembe leader of Ballet Destin. Mohamed has played djembe for master dancer Alseny Soumah, and has studied and performed with Guinea's great master drummer Fadouba Oularé.

Since arriving in Australia in 2007, Mohamed has been a highly sought-after teacher and performer of traditional Guinean music. Based in Melbourne, he has performed at the Black Harmony Gathering, Good Friday Appeal, VISIBLE Concert, and has performed and conducted workshops at various festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Darwin Festival, Rhythm of Africa, Manna Gum, Emerge, Beats and Blues, and Rhythm and Rights. Mohamed has been a regular performer at Federation Square's Late Night Thursdays, and has also performed to a packed Telstra Dome for the Socceroos. Mohamed has featured live on 3MBS and PBS FM radio, as well as Channel 7 and Channel 10 News. He has conducted workshops at the Victorian College of the Arts, NMIT and the Victorian Arts Centre's African Village. Mohamed has taught African drumming at CERES, Olympic Village, Richmond West and currently teaches at Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School, Clifton Hill and Doncaster Primary Schools.



Anna Camara

Melbourne percussionist Anna Camara developed a passion for African drumming from the age of ten. This has led her to play a broad range of percussion instruments and styles, and she recently completed a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts, specialising in Repertoire Percussion. Having completed an Honours research paper on the traditional Guinean and Western repertoire percussion pedagogies, Anna has developed a unique understanding of the different teaching methods and their benefits.

Anna has traveled to Guinea West Africa on four occasions to study djembe, dun duns, balafon, dance and song, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and Friends of the VCA. In 2010, Anna undertook a national tour with Guinean percussion and dance ensemble, Muhanamwe, sponsored by Playing Australia.

Anna has received many awards for her percussion playing, including the Banyule La Trobe Young Artist of the Year Award, Athenaeum Award for Instrumental Soloist, VCA Honours Scholarship and the MSO Snare Drum Award. She has performed as a soloist with the VCA Symphony Orchestra, for the APRA Screen music awards, the Asia Pacific Breakthrough Summit, and played for the soundtrack of Australian film Bran Nue Dae. Anna has taught percussion at Mac.Robertson Girls High, Melbourne Girls Grammar School, and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, and currently teaches at Eltham High School.

Website: www.myspace.com/annacamarapercussion

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