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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.

Immerse yourself in African percussion, song and dance in our workshops, events, classes, or cultural study tour of Guinea in 2020.

 

Meet the founders

 
 
 
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Mohamed Camara

Guinean Master Drummer and Traditional African Musical Performer

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. Mohamed has toured nationally with Muhanamwe and Asanti Dance Theatre. Based in Melbourne, he has performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Hamer Hall, and has performed and conducted workshops at various festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Darwin Festival, Rhythm of Africa, Emerge, and Dark Mofo.

Mohamed has conducted workshops at the Victorian College of the Arts, NMIT and the Victorian Arts Centre's African Village. He has taught African drumming and culture through the Song Room and Australian Children’s Music Foundation, and currently teaches at Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School, Western English Language School, Clifton Hill and Doncaster Primary Schools.

 
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Anna Camara

Award Winning Melbourne Percussionist

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 has 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 six occasions to study djembe, dun duns, balafon, dance and song, with funding from 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 and Rosanna Golf Links Primary School.