Mohata 2017aims to provide students with the ultimate West African experience focussing particularly on the musical traditions of Guinée. Students from all over the world are drawn to Guinée to study percussion and dance with the many outstanding artists practicing their musical heritage. This study tour will be focussed on music and dance and aims to give all students the opportunity to learn traditional rhythms and dance in an African environment. By spending time in Guinée you will be studying with people who know and understand the roots of the djembe and its rhythms, as the djembe originates from Guinee and the Manding tribe. The dance you learn will be traditional dance taught by some of the best dancers in Guinée. Every night you will be entertained by traditional musicians playing a variety of instruments including the flute, balafon, kora, and also singing. Guinée has a lot more to offer than just its music. During your time there you will experience life in West Africa, you will attend traditional ceremonies, eat traditional food, visit villages and some of the islands off the coast of Guinée. However - the best part of visiting Guinée is experiencing the warmth and hospitality of its people and immersing yourself in the beautiful culture.
Djembe Kan has been founded by master drummer Mohamed Bangoura "Bangouraké" and Freddy Poncin. Djembe Kan is an organisation dedicated to Djembe drumming and promoting the traditions and culture from Guinea in West Africa.
Mohamed Bangoura "Bangouraké" - Master Drummer and Teacher in traditional Guinean Music
He is described in Guinea as the man with “Hands of Fire”, “the Lion of Matam”, already regarded by many connoisseurs as one of the best amongst the Master Drummers of this world. His life totally dedicated to the music and his traditions, mesmerizing audiences with his out of this world skills, talent, power and virtuosity. Bangouraké is a true master through initiation and ability.
Mohamed was born in Guinea, West Africa in a village called Bourramya-Koubya. This village is a few hours north of the capital, Conakry. Mohamed started to play at the age of 5 years old and has always been surrounded by music throughout his life. Mohamed was a member of the international acclaimed "Percussion de Guineé" and other National Ballet Ensembles based in Conakry.