Oumar Sylla was born into an artistic family of griots in Guinea Conakry. First formed by his parents, M'Mahawa Diawara and the late Mohamed Sylla, he was then trained by Karim Keita and danced and drummed with the Ballet Farita. In 2000, he toured Senegal, Mali and Gambia. He has since danced and directed Bougourabou in Sali, Les Ballets Africaines de Casamance, and Wassolo but also as a percussionist with Tossogue and Dounya Percussions. More recently he danced with Les Merveilles de Guinea on a recent trip back to Guinea. Equally competent in dance and percussions, Oumar is also an excellent pedagogue, patient and knowledgeable.
Allah Leake Company
Dance and Drum
Djibri Camara was born in Gambia of Guinean parents. He was formed by his father, the late Thomas Camara. When he reached adolescence, he began returning to Guinea Conakry each summer to train and practice the djembe and other Guinean percussions with teachers like Badjibi and the Ballets .....His father created the company Allah Leake and Djibri, as his oldest son, is continuing the tradition, employing Guinean artists from Conakry but also local artists he has trained in the Guinean style. His calm and kind manner are a bright contrast to the speed and precision of his djembe playing.
‘Henné’ Camara comes from Guinea Conakry. She trained and danced with Oumar Sylla in the Ballets Farita and Ballets des Merveilles de Guinée, Soleil d’Afrique, Kunkoré Bamba. She also danced in Kotoba in Ivory Coast as well as Tamala in Gambia. Today she performs with the company Allah Leake. Her first trainer was Karim Keita followed by Sanou ( Merveilles de Guinée), Ba Djibi ( Soleil d’Afrique) and with Oumar Sylla in Tamala. Henne has a bright personality and a gorgeous personal dance style. She has taught students from France, England, USA, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Italy, Germany and more in workshops organized throughout West Africa.