Maguette Camara – Musical Director – is a recognized West African choreographer, musician and teacher based in New York City.

Mr. Camara began his career with the Ballet Bougarabou Dance Company, and his extensive experience with this company allowed him to perform and present workshops in Morocco, Canada, Senegal and the United States.

He has performed in diverse and impressive venues including The Lincoln Center Outdoor Concert Series, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rolling Stones World Tour, Epcot Center Disney World and The World Trade Center Jazz festival.  As a faculty member at The Ailey School, Barnard College, Cathedral High School and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Maguette teaches both African dance and drum to all levels and all ages.

Mr. Camara is also the artistic director and founder of the group Mane Kadang, which is guaranteed to set any stage on fire.

Maguette Camara Jump!

Maguette Camara Jump!

West African Family Dance presented by Maguette Camara

West African Family Dance presented by Maguette Camara

Lamine Thiam

Lamine is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, drummer, actor and instructor. Lamine specializes in West African Dance from his native Senegal and neighboring countries, including rhythms such as Sabar, Djembe and Bougarrabou. He has graced the stage at venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The United Nations and Lincoln Center (NY), as well as theaters in Japan, Germany, London, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Lamine grew up in Dakar, where he studied traditional dance and percussion at the Conservatoire National du Sénégal and performed with the Songomar African Dance Company and Ballet Jo-kolly throughout the region. Lamine emigrated to New York City in 1993, where he taught at the Fareta School of Dance and Drum, the Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre and Jacob’s Pillow Dance School. In 1996, he formed his own Bousso Dance Company, which focused on preserving the dances of Senegal, Guinea, Mali and The Gambia, in the traditions of the Wolof, Bambara, Jola, Mandinke and Serer ethnic groups.

As a teacher, Lamine has challenged professional dancers and first-time students in classes and workshops across the United States and Mexico.

 

Kevin Mbira

A pioneer on the world music scene, Kevin Nathaniel was one of the early musicians to introduce New York audiences to the magical sound of the mbira. He is an internationally celebrated musical inspiration for the new age, meditation, percussion, and yoga world, with several recordings available on iTunes and CDbaby. He has composed and performed music for the film Beloved, the audio book of Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy, Ali MacGraw’s Yoga Mind and Body (Dvd), and countless other productions. He produces live music events weekly in NYC that encourage peace and global harmony through music (see “Afro Roots Tuesdays” on face book).

 

Kevin Mbira

Kevin Mbira

Kevin Mbira

Kevin Mbira

Leon Shubi Crowley

I’ve played percussions all my life and later learned to play many other instruments. I have been a roadie and stage crew member. I went to Cornell University. I was an EMT for 9 years.  I studied many martial arts since the age of 10 and founded THE SHUBI-DO SYSTEM OF SELF DEFENSE in 1996. I became a CLOSE-UP MAGICIAN and ESCAPE ARTIST at the age of 25.

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