Mohata 2019

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Mohata 2019aims 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 practising 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.

The tour will start 8 January 2019 and will finish 4 February 2019.

All meals, accommodation and tuition are included in the price. Classes will be structured as follows. 2 hours of drumming followed by 2 hours of dance in the morning. 2 hours of drumming followed by 2 hours of dance in the afternoon. You will also have the opportunity to learn drum skinning techniques and various other aspects associated with looking after your djembe. At the end of the workshop, students will be invited to participate in a Dounoumba Closing Ceremony. This is a once in a life time opportunity to share in the culture and be a part of the Guinean community.

Most of the classes will be held in Conakry. As we all know – music crosses all language barriers. For conversational purposes, there are many West African dialects spoken in Guinée. In Conakry the most commonly spoken dialect is Sousou. Most people also speak French so it would be a good time to brush up on your French if you have some, or to bring along a phrase book which may come in handy. If you do not speak French don't worry many of the Bangoura family and friends speak functional English and are always happy to help.

The Organiser - Mohamed Bangoura alias “Bangouraké”

Master Drummer Mohamed Bangoura “Bangourake” was born into a Griot family in Guinée, West Africa. He moved to Sydney, Australia in May 1998. For his entire career as a musician, Mohamed has been sharing his musical heritage and West African customs by teaching drumming, dancing and singing to students all over the world. While living in Guinée he worked with Percussion de Guinée and other national ballet ensembles based in Conakry. He is well respected amongst his peers in Conakry and around the world and his aim is to provide you with an enjoyable African experience as well as high-quality tuition. Mohamed has been running cultural study tours to Guinée since 2000.


Course starts 8 January 2019 and will finish 4 February 2019 (4 weeks)

  • Drum only: AUD $3,000 (4 hrs per day x 4 weeks)
  • Dance only: AUD $3,000 (4 hrs per day x 4 weeks)
  • Drum & Dance: AUD $3,800 (8 hrs per day x 4 weeks)

  • Djembes will be provided for all drum students.
  • All instruments played or used in musical performances during the tour (djembes, flutes, balafons, koras, doun douns, sangbans, kenkenis) may be purchased and taken home by students. Please talk to organisers.

Your Instructors:
Tutors will be Mohamed Bangoura, drum and dance and Aly Mara, dance. They are all very experienced in drum and dance. Mohamed and Aly will share the story and history of the music and dance for each rhythm you will learn. Aly Mara is currently a dancer with Les Ballet Africans group (Guinea).

All your meals will be supplied for the 4 weeks duration of the tour. Please note that rice, fish and vegetables are the traditional staple diet of the Guinean people and we will be eating traditionally. All meals will be prepared by local Guinean women and we will attempt to provide you with a taste of food from all the different local regions and cultures in Guinea. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know.

Your accommodation will be on the outskirts of the city in a large house. It takes approximately 30 minutes to travel to the city centre by taxi. The accommodation is clean and secure so you and your belongings will be taken care of. We will provide mattresses, a pillow and a bed sheet. You will need to bring an extra sheet or sleeping bag if you wish. It is also recommended to bring your own mosquito net. Rooms will sleep 2 people and each room will have an ensuite bathroom.

Airfares are to be arranged individually.
  • From Europe: Belgium Airlines or Air France fly directly into Conakry. Royal Air Maroc is also an option.
  • From Asia and Australia: via Europe is generally the easiest way. Belgium Airlines or Air France fly into Conakry from Europe. Royal Air Maroc is also an option. Emirates through Dubai is also a good alternative these days.

Visas, travel insurance and vaccinations:

  • Visas for students can either be organised individually or by Mohamed Bangoura. If you are having your Visa organised by Mohamed all information required and the fees must be supplied by Saturday 11th November 2018.
  • Students are required to organise their own travel insurance.
  • Vaccinations:
    • Country entry requirement: The government of Guinea requires proof of yellow fever vaccination on entry and this must be acquired by all students.
    • For other vaccines and medicines recommended for travel to Guinea such as malaria visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get any vaccines or medicines you may need.

Bookings, Deposits and Enquiries:
All enquiries to Mohamed (mobile) +61 415 297 104 or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • To secure your place your deposit of $500 is due by Saturday 11th November 2018.
  • The remainder of your tour fee is to be paid by Saturday 16th December 2018.
  • Payment can be made via either BPay or PayPal – details to be provided on confirmation of joining the tour.

  • Travelling money: Local currency is the Guinea Franc (GNF) - the best currency to travel with is US$ or Euro and change locally.