Steeped in the drumming and dance of his native Guinea from childhood, Aboubacar Camara was tapped for ballet training at the age of 9, and in 1986, was invited to join the National Ballet Soleil d’Afrique de Guinea.
He became lead dancer and assistant choreographer with his native troupe, touring throughout Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast and Europe. He came to the attention of Juno award-winning Alpha Yaya Diallo, joining Diallo’s group in Canada as a dancer, choreographer, and musician.
Soon, Aboubacar was performing locally and nationally at folk, native, and jazz festivals, and conducting classes and workshops. Now the leader of his own group, Doundounba Music & Dance, an ensemble of musicians that performs both traditional and afro-pop music, Aboubacar uses his childhood legacy, extensive training and vibrant music making to move people of all ages to stand up, dance, and sing along.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.