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Camp Afro Foli Drum & Dance Retreat 2018

Camp Afro Foli Drum and Dance Retreat brings you world-class artists from Africa and Australia in a 3 day retreat in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Held from July 20-22nd 2018.

Three days of movement, fun, cultural workshops, African food and performances, with international artists Bassidi Koné (Mali) and Clare Okamoto (Japan) and interstate artist Pape Mbaye (Senegal)  bringing Africa to the Sunshine Coast. Local artists will include Yvonne Corstorphin from Cool Harmonies and Nathaniel Combs and Bec Combs from Rhythm Culture.

Enjoy beautiful bush surroundings, world class talent and be immersed in West African culture with workshops in djembe, dancing, dundun drumming, dundun dancing, sabar dancing, sabar drumming, singing, and yoga. Loads of action to choose from and the promised gift of rhythm for your hands and your feet.

Camp Afro Foli will be held in the beautiful natural grounds of Camp Maranatha where there is dormitory style accommodation, facilities, communal kitchen, basketball courts, a pool and bush walking paths to the falls.

Camp Afro Foli begins with registration at 2pm on Friday 20th July followed by drum and dance workshops. Friday night is bonfire and drum circle night, so bring instruments to jam with.  Guests are asked to bring wholesome food to prepare for themselves for all breakfasts and the Friday night dinner.

Saturday night is party night and is open to the public. This is a good time for retreat crew to be inviting family, friends and others that are not attending the day workshops and general retreat program. Everyone coming to the show and feast is required to pre-purchase their  ticket. There will be an amazing African feast followed by performances by Bassidi Koné, Mohamed Bangoura, Clare Okamoto, and Foli Kan Drum and Dance Ensemble.

Saturday and Sunday lunches are delicious gourmet sandwiches and salads. Camp will finish up at 5pm on Sunday. Camp Afro Foli Drum and Dance Retreat activities include djembe, dundun, African dancing, dundun dancing, singing, yoga and more.

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Bassidi Koné

Born into a griot family, Bassidi has been playing the djembe and balafon from a very young age learning alongside his father. When he teaches his hands tell an ancient story and his smile shares it with the world.

Bassidi Koné is of Bwa ethnicity from the Segou region in Mali. Bassidi has carried on his family’s musical heritage, showing incredible skill in both the balafon and the djembe.

Bassidi Koné, co-founder of the Bwazan Association lives in Mali, West Africa and teaches and performs with Rhythm Culture annually.

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Pape Mbaye

Pape M’Baye first dazzled Australian audiences when he stormed his Saba dance across the stages of Womadelaide in 1996. As the master percussionist for Boubarcar, Pape’s rich cultural tradition shined through as the Griot of Yoff. As a charismatic Culture Keeper, Pape holds and shares the ancestral heritage and spiritual musical roots of his beloved Senegal, West Africa. 

In 1999, M’Baye returned to Europe touring with Musique de nuit, in St Sabastian Spain and Beaudeux, Paris in France. Not unknown in Northern Europe, Pape has also shared the stage with BB King in Hasse Walli Assamaan at Jarvenpaa Blues Festival in 1992 -1993 and at Pouri Jazz Festival in Finland where he also shared the stage with Ringo Starr and Miles Davis.

 

 

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Clair Okamoto

Being raised in a musical household Clair has been surrounded by rhythm all her life, so it was natural when she discovered her love of dance at a young age that she follow the path of the artist.

At the age of 17 she set on her international journey of discovery, quickly synthesizing her many influences into a new style which she developed and toured with.

In 2000 her travels took her to Guinea in Africa where she fell in love with culture, the music and the dance, recognizing in it the very essence and roots of humanness.

Since then she has returned to Guinea each year for several months to live and study. Her talents being recognized by the widely regarded Les Merveillese du Guinea professional dance troupe, who she trains and performs with. She’s also appeared in a music video for a very well known Guinean artist.

CAMP AFRO FOLI ACTIVITIES

  • Djembe Drumming – One of the most popular West African instruments. The djembe is a hand drum with three fundamental sounds but a million (that’s a guess) ways to play them. There will be several workshops each day for different skill levels. Djembe classes will be with Bassidi Koné.
  • Dundun Drumming – The dunduns are that groovy, body-melting, dance enticing instrument often played with djembes. They are cylindrical stick drums that come in three sizes commonly played with a metal bell.
  • Guinean Dance– Learn to move your body with Clair Okamoto. These workshops will have open and experienced levels and will be to live drumming. Experience traditional West African dance and work up a sweat! You will laugh and have loads of fun with Clair’s exuberant style. 
  • Dundun Dance – Like to drum and dance at the same time? Then this is the class for you! Clair will be teaching you to move around your drum with funky dance moves and invigorating drum rhythms! Drums are provided and workshop will be to live drumming.
  • Yoga – Wake up and start your day with a refreshing, warming Yoga session. Prepare your body for movement and stay centered amidst all the camp excitement.
  • Singing Workshops – We all have vocal cords and most of us enjoy talking, we do it everyday. This brings to mind an old African proverb that says “if you can talk you can sing.” Join an energetic and fun workshop of African song from many different regions which will leave you feeling transformed.
  • Sabar Drumming – Sabar is a traditional instrument from Senegal played with one hand a one stick. We are very excited to have Pape Mbaye teaching this ancient artform for the first time at Camp Afro Foli.
  • Sabar Dancing – The traditional dance from Senegal this fun and energising dance style will have you smiling and sweating! These workshops will be for all levels and will be to live drumming.
  • Bush Walking – Maranatha Camp is nestled in the Mapleton conservation park and runs along a beautiful stretch of the South Maroochy River. There are self guided bush walks from the camp up to Wappa Falls and surrounds.
  • Bon Fire and Drum Circle – On Friday night we celebrate around the bonfire with a drum circle, meet the teachers and generally warm up in all meanings of the word!
  • African Feast and Performance – Saturday night is feast and party night with a delicious African feast prepared by Homegrown Cafe and performances from Bassidi Koné, Pape Mbaye, Clair Okamoto, Lee Hardisty and Foli Kan Drum & Dance Ensemble.

CAMP AFRO FOLI GUEST ARTISTS

Bassidi Koné (Mali) , Pape Mbaye (Senegal), Clair Okamoto (Japan)

Yvonne Corstorphin (Oz), Lee Hardisty (Oz), Nathaniel Combs (Kiwi)

WHERE?

Maranatha Camp Yandina

275 Wappa Falls Road
Yandina 4561 QLD

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SLEEP

Accommodation is dormitory style with 4 to 8 beds per room and adjoining showers and toilets.

Every bed has a mattress and you will need to bring all your own bedding including sheets, pillow, doona or sleeping bag.

You are welcome to bring your own tent or camper van. When setting up be aware of trees (falling branches). Bringing your own accomodation is done so at your own risk.

Every effort will be made so that friends or groups will be in dormitories together.

EATS AND DRINKS

Food at the camp will be catered for by Homegrown Cafe on the Saturday and Sunday with an African Feast on Saturday night.Saturday and Sunday lunch will be gourmet style sandwiches, soups and salads.

Gluten Free and vegetarian options will be available. Fruit, coffee and tea will be available for the duration of the camp.

Friday and all breakfasts are NOT catered for and you will need to BYO Friday night dinner and breakfasts. There is a kitchen for this  with fridges, microwave, toaster, kettle etc..

Camp Afro Foli 2018 Program
Friday July 20th
Time What’s On What’s On
2:00 PM Registration
3:30 PM  Drum – Open – Bassidi Koné  Dance – Open – Pape Mbaye
4:45 PM  Dance – Open – Clair Okamoto -1.5 hrs
6:30 PM Dinner – BYO
8:00 PM Bon Fire and Drum Circle
Saturday July 21st
Time What’s On What’s On
7:30 AM Yoga with Lee Hardisty
8:00 AM Weekend/Day Registration 8:30 AM Mindfulness Day Starter – Tamsen Franklin – 15mins
9:00 AM Dance – Open – Clair Okamoto Singing – Open – Yvonne Corstorphin
10:15 AM Drum – Intermediate/Advanced – Bassidi Koné Drum – Open – Nathaniel Combs
11:30 AM Dance – Experienced – Clair Okamoto Drum – Open – Pape Mbaye
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Dundun Drum – Open – Bassidi Koné Dance – Open – Pape Mbaye
2:45 PM Dundun Dance – Open – Clair Okamoto
4:00 PM Drum – Open – Bassidi Koné
6:00 PM
Break (Friends and Family arrive for food and show)
6:30 PM African feast served and prepared by Homegrown Cafe – Vegetarian, gluten free, vegan options available
8:00 PM Party night! Performance with Bassidi Koné, Clair Okamoto, Pape Mbaye, Lee Hardisty, Foli Kan Drum & Dance Ensemble
10:00 PM Party Finishes
Sunday July 22nd
Time What’s On What’s On
7:30 AM Yoga with Lee Hardisty
8:00 AM Day Registration 8:30 AM  Mindfulness Day Starter – Tamsen Franklin – 15mins
9:00 AM Dance – Open – Clair Okamoto Singing – Open – Yvonne Corstorphin
10:15 AM Drum – Intermediate/Advanced – Bassidi Koné Drum – Open – Nathaniel Combs
11:30 AM Dance – Experienced – Clair Okamoto Drum – Open – Pape Mbaye
12:30 PM Lunch  & Camp Photo
1:30 PM Dundun Drum – Open – Bassidi Koné Dance – Open – Pape Mbaye
2:45 PM Dundun Dance – Open – Clair Okamoto
4:00 PM Drum – Open – Bassidi Koné
5:00 PM Camp Finishes
NB: All classes run for 1 hour unless otherwise stated. Programme is subject to change without notice.

PRICING

Camp Afro Foli Drum & Dance Retreat

(Please note Artists may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.)

 

Early Bird $330 (Until June 7th)

Full $380

Includes Friday, Saturday, Sunday tuition, accommodation, performances, African feast on Saturday night,
lunch on Saturday and Sunday. BYO Breakfasts, Friday night dinner.

Weekend – $300.00

Includes Saturday night accommodation, Saturday and Sunday tuition, performances,
African feast on Saturday night, lunch on Saturday and Sunday. BYO Breakfasts

Saturday Pass – $200.00

Includes tuition for Saturday, Performances and African Feast. No accommodation.

Sunday Pass – $150

Includes tuition and lunch for Sunday. No accommodation.

Workshop – $30

For those only wanting to attend one workshop/class

Drum Hire:

$20 for the weekend
$10 per day

There will be drums for hire and sale at the camp.

Friend and Family Spectator Only – $195

Want to come and enjoy the camp but not ready to drum or dance yet?

Includes accommodation, performances, African feast on Saturday night, lunch on Saturday and Sunday. BYO breakfast.

Child Spectator Only – $155

Camp Afro Foli is child and family friendly 🙂

Includes accommodation, performances, African feast on Saturday night, lunch on Saturday and Sunday. BYO breakfast.

 African Feast and Show –  Adults -$35, Kids – $20

For the general public and friends and family that are not attending the camp.

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