Free cultural series features Camara African Dance Feb. 24

February 18, 2016

YORK, Pa. — The rhythmic sounds of African drums will fill the air at Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) when Camara African Dance takes to the stage on Wednesday, Feb 24. The free performance, sponsored by the Penn State York Office of Student Affairs, is part of the campus cultural series and is open to the public. Tickets are not needed for this performance.

Born in the village of Boke, Guinea, in 1966, Yamoussa Camara took to his drum at an early age. During his 16-year association with Mohamed Kemoko Sano, choreographer and artistic director of Djoliba and Les Ballets Africains, both national companies, and founder and director of Les Merveilles d'Afrique, Camara had the distinction of being the youngest lead drummer in Les Ballets Africains. While with the national companies, he toured Europe, Africa and the United States. His drum is featured on the CDs “Masters of the Forest,” “Diya,” "Eh Allah,” and both CD and video of Les Ballets Africains’ performance in England.

In 1995, Camara immigrated to the United States, and since that time he has performed with numerous companies, including Wosa of Washington D.C. on their Taiwan Tour. Camara taught drum and dance at Yale University for 10 years and has traveled the U.S. teaching, performing, choreographing and polishing presentations for various dance ensembles.  

Camara currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he teaches West African dance at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Camara also tours extensively with Camara West African Dance & Drum Company, performing at colleges, major festivals, and corporate, community and civic organizations throughout the region.

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Last Updated February 18, 2016