Camp Afro Foli Drum and Dance Retreat 2024


We are super happy to announce that Camp Afro Foli is BACK in 2024!!

Camp Afro Foli Drum & Dance Retreat 2024 brings you world-class artists in a 3 day retreat on the beautiful beach of Noosa North Shore Retreat.

There will be workshops in African dance, dundun dance, African drumming, dundun drumming and loads more.

Join Rhythm Culture for Camp Afro Foli Drum and Dance Retreat. The camp will run over three days where there is shared apartment style accommodation. This will be a self – catered event. Every apartment has its own kitchen and two bathrooms. Please bring your own food and a shared BBQ is optional on the Friday night. There is a bistro and bar onsite for meals, snacks and drinks. You can also BYO alcohol. Apartments are two bedroom and sleeping will be appx 6 people per apartment, 3 per bedroom.



There will be lots of workshops and an artist performance on the Saturday night.

Three days of movement, fun, cultural workshops and performances, with international and interstate artists bringing Africa to the Sunshine Coast.

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



Abdoulaye Epizo Bangoura is one of Africa`s leading percussionists . A former member of the famous Ensemble Koteba of Ivory Coast he was born into a family of Griots, highly respected and honored members of this community of musicians and storytellers, keepers of their ancestral traditions and customs, a true living memory of Africa.

Epizo immortalize his culture through his songs, music, dance and legends. His father started to teach him how to play an instruments at three years of age. As a griot he is a respected historian, and considers it his responsibility to transmit his oral ancestral traditions through music: the drum, dance and chants.

Epizo has toured world-wide, bringing his inspiration teachings to many cultures through master classes. A multiple award winning musician and true multi-instrumentalist Epizo plays not only the traditional Djembe (percussion) of his native Guinea but all percussion, including the Western Drum kit, Congas, Piano, Guitar, Balafon (African xylophone), Kora, Goni (African Guitar), Doun-douns, Sangban, Kenkeni, Bass, and Gongoma. With a strong belief that rhythm and dance go together Epizo has performed with a severals dance company in Guinea, France, and the USA and has received critical acclaim for his clever mastery of rhythm and rare dexterity.

Sibo Bangoura

Guinean percussionist Sibo Bangoura grew up in Matam – the heart of Conakry’s arts precinct – surrounded by a family of griots. His mother was a singer and his father a balafon player. Sibo absorbed the rhythm from his infancy and began to study percussion formally at the age of 12. At 14, he joined Boka Junior ensemble and then played with Ballet Matam for many years, until he moved to Australia. Sibo currently resides in Sydney and travels to China, Japan, Singapore and Thailand to teach and perform. He plays with his brothers Mohamed and Epizo Bangoura and has a successful 8-piece band Keyim Ba.

Camp Afro Foli

Mohamed Camara

Mohamed Camara is a highly sought-after performer and Guinean music educator based in Melbourne. He was born into the Manding culture in Guinea Conakry, West Africa, whose rich and vibrant musical tradition has been a life-long passion. As a child he was apprenticed to internationally renowned Guinean master drummer Ton Ton Sylla, where he studied djembe, dun duns, and song. He also taught students traveling from Europe, America and Australia.

Mohamed went on to perform in many of Guinea’s leading drum and dance ensembles, including Ballet Bolonta, internationally renowned ensemble Les Sorciers de Guinée (directed by Miriam Makeba’s percussionist Papa Kouyaté), and was a founding member and djembe leader of Ballet Destin. Mohamed has played djembe for master dancer Alseny Soumah, and has studied and performed with Guinea’s great master drummer Fadouba Oularé.

Arriving in Australia in 2007, Mohamed has performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Hamer Hall, and has performed and facilitated workshops at WOMAdelaide, Woodford Folk Festival, Darwin Festival, Moomba and Dark Mofo. Mohamed has toured nationally with Asanti Dance Theatre and Muhanamwe, sponsored by the Australia Council’s Playing Australia. Mohamed has conducted workshops at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University and NMIT, and has taught African drumming and culture through CERES, the Song Room and Australian Children’s Music Foundation.

In 2016 Mohamed founded contemporary Guinean band Jarabi, fronting the band on the kora, vocals and djembe, and is also a member of African Cuban fusion band Ausecuma Beats – both represented by record label Music in Exile. Mohamed has collaborated with electronic producer Jonny Faith, jazz drummer James McLean through Speak Percussion, was co-writer on a track for Australian film soundtrack ‘Le Champion’, and played on the Cat Empire’s latest album recording.

Alma Velasquez Huichulef is a dancer, percussionist, choreographer, Body Expression
Teacher – graduated from the Higher Institute of Artistic Education, specialized in African
dances from the West coast of Africa. She belongs to the first nations of the current
Argentine territory, the Mapuche Nation and she is African descent with roots in the north
and south of Africa.

She participated as a dancer, musician and choreographer in “As I am an Afro woman” dance video of the Ministry of Culture of the Argentine Nation and as assistant director of the black root of tango in the video of “Passion by Gotambo Hidden Rhythm”, winning video of the World Tango Festival. She participated as a dance performer in groups like Didjen Dgaye, Africa Donaba, Dundum Magic of West Africa, Africa Dance in Guinea-Africa, as director and choreographer in the Nni Fare Company and B.A.P. Self-convoked ballet from Buenos Aires and Percussionist in the Cheick Güeye Ballet.

She has performed and participated in festivals such as BsAs Celebrate the Afro community, La Semana de África, Somos Nuestra Herencia (MCN), Soy de la Virgen no Más, FITTNA International Festival of theater and Native American traditions, Dance in Tecnopolis among others.

African dancing

Bec Combs has been drumming and dancing for 20  years and has been taught by renowned teachers in Australia and overseas.  Bec began learning drum and dance in Melbourne in 2004 and with a love of West African music and culture and a flair for business management then relocated to the Sunshine Coast in 2012 and established Rhythm Culture.

Bec has been to California in 2017  and West Africa in 2018 studying West African Dance with some of the worlds best teachers.

She shares this knowledge and years of practice with her students in regular classes and workshops. Bec teaches the West African dance class on a Tuesday evening and runs both drum and dance workshops all over South East QLD.

Rhythm Culture Team Building

Nathaniel Combs has been studying West African drumming for 20 years and teaching for over 15.

His extensive knowledge and passion in West African drum and dance is contagious and mesmerising.

Nathaniel has spent many hours traveling, studying and training Balafon, Djembe and Dundun in Guinea and Mali. Nathaniel has been taught by many renowned teachers of Djembe including Mamady Keita and Bassidi Kone.

Nathaniel creates all Rhythm Culture drumming programs, facilitates drumming workshops and classes, performs and curates Rhythm Culture performances as well as CAMP AFRO FOLI!


Shivani Schoereder

From the moment Shivani took her first Yoga class back in 2009, she knew that there was something deeply powerful in that practice that she was keen to explore. Her life has been completely transformed ever since through the power of Yoga and meditation. Her great passions are: continuous learning and practicing the deep philosophies of the East, and sharing the tools she has learned over the years with others so they too can bring more peace, contentment and joy to their lives.

She also loves spending time in nature, singing devotional songs and drumming.

Camp Afro Foli Drum & Dance Retreat begins with registration on Friday July 19th 2pm followed by drum and dance workshops. Saturday night is party night!! This is a self catered event. There are a range of activities, workshops and beautiful surroundings to have you rested, rejuvinated and totally pumped full of West African dance, drum and culture! Camp Afro Foli Drum and Dance Retreat activities include djembe, dundun, African dancing, dundun dancing and more.


  • 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 workshops each day and all skill levels are welcome.
  • Dundun Dance – Like to drum and dance at the same time? Then this is the class for you!  Move around your drum with funky dance moves and invigorating drum rhythms! Drums are provided and workshop will be to live drumming.

  • Guinean Dance–  These workshops will be open and will be to live drumming. Experience traditional West African dance and work up a sweat! 
  • Performance – Saturday night is party night with performances from our guests Artists and Rhythm Culture Artists.
  • Yoga – Wake up and start your day with a refreshing, warming Yoga session. Prepare your body for movement and stay centred amidst all the camp excitement.



Noosa North Shore Retreat. There is a vehicle ferry which costs $10 each way and this must be paid in cash to the ferry operators.


Accommodation is shared two bedroom apartment style with 6 beds per apartment. There is two bathrooms and a full kitchen in each apartment. 

Every bed has its own bedding but please bring extra blankets for warmth if needed.

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


This is a self catered event. This means you will need to bring you own Friday lunch and dinner. Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch.  You will have cooking supplies in each apartment. You can BYO alcohol, but please drink responsibly. For extra meals, snacks or alcoholic drinks there is a bistro and bar.


Camp Afro Foli Drum & Dance Retreat

(Please note Artists may be subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.)

Full Camp – $550.00

If you don’t use Paypal you can make a bank transfer. Please ensure you put your full name in as the reference. Our bank details are: BSB 633 000  Account: 199 937 822

Includes Friday, Saturday, Sunday tuition, Accommodation, Africa Night Performance,

If you have any queries about the camp including accommodation, food etc please contact Rhythm Culture not the venue.

Camp Afro Foli Program 2024 – July 19th-21st 

 Friday July 19th


 What’s On – Rosella Room





Acknowledgement of Country – Dale Anderson

 3:00 PM

Drum – Sibo Bangoura – 1hr

 4:15 PM

Dance – Epizo Bangoura –1hr


 5:30 PM

Drum – Mohamed Camara – 1 hr


 6:45 PM

Dundun Dance – Epizo Bangoura – 1 hr

 8:00 PM

Dance – Alma Velasquez Huichulef – 1hr

Saturday July 20th


 What’s On – Rosella Room

 What’s On – Outside

 7:00 AM

Yoga – Shivani Schoereder

 8:00 AM

Day Registrations

 9:00 AM

Drum – Mohamed Camara – 1hr


Dance – Epizo Bangoura – 1 hr



Drum – Sibo Bangoura – 1 hr



Dance  – Alma Velasquez Huichulef –1hr

Drum – Mohamed Camara – 1 hr

 2:00 PM

Lunch – Self-Cater

 3:30 PM

Dance – Epizo Bangoura – 1 hr


 4:45 PM

Dance – Alma Velasquez Huichulef – 1hr

Drum – Sibo Bangoura – 1 hr

 5:45 PM


 6:15 PM

Dinner – Self-Cater / Bistro Gathering (Eats and Drinks Available for purchase)

 8:00 PM

Party night! Performance with Epizo Bangoura, Sibo Bangoura, Alma Velasquez Huichulef, Mohamed Camara, Nathaniel Combs, and friends.

 Sunday July 21st


 What’s On – Rosella Room

 What’s On – Outside

 7:00 AM

Yoga – Shivani Schoereder

 8:00 AM

Day Registrations

 8:30 AM

Drum – Mohamed Camara – 1hr


 9:45 AM

Dance – Alma Velasquez Huichulef – 1hr

Drum – Sibo Bangoura – 1 hr


Dundun Dance – Epizo Bangoura – 1 hr

Drum – Mohamed Camara – 1hr


Lunch and Pack Up/Clean Up – Self-Cater

 1:30 PM

Dance – Alma Velasquez Huichulef – 1hr

Drum – Sibo Bangoura – 1 hr

 2:45 PM

Dance – Epizo Bangoura – 1 hr

 4:00 PM

Goodbyes, safe travels and see you next year!!


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