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Fode Moussa Camara




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Fodé Moussa Camara, master drummer, percussionist, folklorist, choreographer, exemplifies the new generation in the preservation of West African traditions and the influence of these traditions on the world. Born into an artistic family in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa, Camara honors his family and heritage through his expression of Guinea’s musical traditions and culture. His musical talent was discovered at the age of five, when he began his formal training with the djembe, dunun, sangban, and kenkeni orchestra. He was called a prodigy by his teachers, claimed leading roles, and attained featured-artist status in a myriad of productions. Camara has worked for VSA South Carolina, an organization that provides quality art experiences for children, youth, and adults with disabilities. He also worked for the South Carolina Arts Commission. In high demand, Camara tours extensively in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, and Australia as an instructor, choreographer, and guest artist.