From Ivory Coast to World Circus to Sunshine Coast stage
Adama Doumbouya, born in Abidjan, and grew up in the Kankan village in Guinea, where he was taught to make and play Djembe in the traditional style of the Mandinka people from his Father. At the age of 15, he became a member of the Ivory Coast National Ballet, in Abidjan, where he studied, taught and performed traditional West African dances and percussion for 8 years: including djembe, dundun, stilt dancing and theatre. During this time he began to tour West Africa including Guinea, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal.
For the last 12 years, Adama has toured internationally as the lead Djembe player of the Mother Africa Circus and has performed throughout Europe, Middle East, South Pacific, United Kingdom and Australia. Now, Adama lives in Brisbane with his lovely wife, Lisa.
Nathaniel Combs from local Sunshine Coast business, Rhythm Culture says that he is honoured to work alongside this incredible talent now on a regular basis and that regional QLD is blessed to have access to such an authentic source of knowledge. “Working with Adama is always a joy. He entrances the audience with his show and charisma and the best part is that the fun loving person he is, is not an act. With his modest demeanor you would never guess his knowledge in ancient West African rhythms, dances and stories. A very valuable man to have in Australia sharing his passion for his country’s music” – Nathaniel Combs
Adama Doumbouya will be performing July 23rd at The Palmwoods Memorial Hall for the Afro Foli Festival. There will be drumming workshops by Bassidi Kone from MALI, West Africa, dance workshops and an an array of amazing eye catching African performance acts, drumming, singing and dancing. Local cafe, Homegrown will be serving African Street food and cakes and chai will be available, made by Renaes Pantry. This is a family friendly and licensed event!