Camp Afro Foli Drum and Dance Summer Retreat 2018

Camp Afro Foli Drum & Dance Summer Retreat 2018 brings you world-class artists from Guinea, Senegal and Japan in a 3 day retreat on the beautiful beach vibes of Bribie Island!

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

Join Rhythm Culture for Camp Afro Foli Drum and Dance Retreat located on the beautiful Bribie Island. The camp will run over three days, 500 metres from the beach in a brand new location where there is dormitory style accommodation, facilities, and communal kitchen. There will be a fire, a show, catered food and loads of performances on the Saturday night.

Three days of movement, fun, cultural workshops, African food and performances, with international artists bringing Africa to South East QLD .

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

Camp Afro Foli Drum & Dance Summer Retreat begins with registration on Saturday December 1st at 11am followed by drum and dance workshops.

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 with international artists and local performance group Foli Kan Drum & Dance Ensemble.

Sunday 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 Sunday night dinner. There are fridges and freezers to store pre-prepared meals for the Sunday night to avoid cooking queues on the Sunday night.

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

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Babara Bangoura

Babara was born in Guinea and is half Soussou and half Malinké. Whilst still a child in Conakry he first became a member of the Ensemble des Percussions de Guinée Junior and subsequently the Djoliba National Ballet Company. He has lived in Belgium since 1999. As a spiritual heir of the great Guinean master Mamady Keïta, he passes on the Guinean tradition and art of the djembe. Both musician and teacher, as is Mamady, Babara travels throughout the world giving workshops and concerts, some of these with the legendary Sewa Kan ensemble. Furthermore he is also the founder of the International North-South Cultural Exchange Festival. As a djembefola, Babara is dedicated to promote Mamady’s message: music has no boundaries and skin colour is not an obstacle for meeting other cultures.

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Yacou Mbaye

Senegalese master drummer and dancer Yacou Mbaye was born in Dakar, Senegal. He took to dancing at a young age, performing to a crowd of 10,000 people at only 6 years old. Yacou and his sister Mejoure won the highly regarded ‘Oscar de Vacance’ dance and percussion competition in 1997, and again in 2000. Yacou has performed with greats such as Rokia Traore, Alpha Blondy, Angelique Kidjo, Toumani Diabate and Salif Keita. He is a current member of the acclaimed Australian based bands Keyimba, and Chosani Afrique.

 

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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 Babara Bangoura.
  • 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 Dundunba, Sangban, and Kenkenni and are 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! Yacou Mbaye 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.
  • Sabar Dance – Learn traditional Senegelese dance with Yacou Mbaye. Fun, quick, and big moves! A high energy conversation between the sabar drum and movement!
  • Sabar Drumming – Learn traditional Senegelese Sabar drumming with Yacou Mbaye. Sabar drum is played with one stick and one hand.
  • Beach Walks – Bribie Island Retreat is only 500 meters from the beach where you can take self guided walks and enjoy the ocean.
  • Bon Fire and Drum Circle – On Sunday night we celebrate around the bonfire with a drum circle, play some grooves we have been learning and have a good old jam session.
  • African Feast and Performance – Saturday night is feast and party night with a delicious African feast prepared by Cel from Taste of Africa and performances from Yacou Mbaye, Babara Bangoura, Clair Okamoto & Foli Kan Drum & Dance Ensemble.
  • Yoga – Wake up and start your day with a refreshing, warming Yoga session with Lee Hardisty. Prepare your body for movement and stay centered amidst all the camp excitement.

CAMP AFRO FOLI GUEST ARTISTS

Babara Bangoura (Guinea) , Yacou Mbaye (Senegal), Clair Okamoto (Japan),

Lee Hardisty (Oz), Tamsen Franklin (Oz), Nathaniel Combs (Kiwi)

WHERE?

Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre

2 – 12, Third Avenue, Woorim, QLD 4507

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SLEEP

Accommodation is dormitory style with 4-8 beds per room and adjoining showers and toilets. There is also camping options.

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. Bringing your own accommodation 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 on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday with an African Feast on Saturday night. Sunday and Monday 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.

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

Camp Afro Foli Summer Camp Dec 1-3 2018
Saturday December 1st
Time What’s On What’s On
11:30 AM Registration
12:00 PM  Dance – Open – Clair Okamoto – 1.5 hrs Drum – Open – Babara Bangoura – 1.5 hrs
1:30 PM Lunch and Camp Photo
2:30 PM Sabar Dance – Beg – Yacou Mbaye – 1.5 hrs Drum –  Int/Adv – Babara Bangoura – 1.5 hrs
4:15 PM Dance – Int/Adv – Clair Okamoto – 1 hr Sabar Drum – Open – Yacou Mbaye – 1 hr
5:15 PM Break
6:00 PM Break (Friends and Family arrive for food and show)
7:00 PM African Feast – Vegetarian, gluten free, vegan options available
8:00 PM Party night! Performance with Yacou Mbaye, Clair Okamoto, Babara Bangoura, Foli Kan Drum & Dance Ensemble
Sunday December 2nd
Time What’s On What’s On
8:00 AM Yoga – 1 hr
9:00 AM Weekend/Day Registration
9:30 AM Dance – Int/Adv – Clair Okamoto – 1.5 hrs
11:15 AM Sabar Drum – Open – Yacou Mbaye – 1.5 hrs Drum – Open – Babara Bangoura – 1.5hr
12:45 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Drum – Int/Adv – Babara Bangoura – 1.5 hrs Drum – Beg – Nathaniel Combs – 1 hr
3:45 PM Dance – Open – Clair Okamoto – 1.5 hrs
5:30 PM Dundun Dance – Open – Yacou Mbaye – 1 hr
6:30 PM
Break
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Fire and Drum Circle (fire subject to restrictions)
Monday December 3rd
Time What’s On What’s On
7:30 AM Yoga – 1hr
8:00 AM Day Registration
8:30 AM Dance – Open – Tamsen Franklin – 1 hr Dundun Drum – Open – Nathaniel Combs – 1 hr
10:15 AM Dance – Int/Adv – Clair Okamoto – 1.5 hrs Sabar Drum – Open – Yacou Mbaye – 1.5 hrs
11:30 AM Drum – Int /Adv – Babara Bangoura – 1.5 hrs
1:00 PM Lunch and Pack Up
2:00 PM Drum – Open – Babara Bangoura – 1 hr Sabar Dance – Open – Yacou Mbaye – 1 hr
3:15 PM Dance – Open – Clair Okamoto – 1 hr
4:30 PM Camp Finishes
NB: Program 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 $395.00 includes GST (Offer Ends September 30th) Extended Oct 7th!

Full $440.00 includes GST

Includes Saturday, Sunday, Monday tuition, Accommodation, African Feast and Show,
lunch on Sunday and Monday. BYO Breakfasts.

Weekend – $360.00 includes GST

Includes Saturday Night Accommodation, Saturday and Sunday tuition,  
African Feast and Show, lunch on Sunday. BYO Breakfasts

Saturday Pass – $220.00 includes GST

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

Sunday Pass – $220.00 includes GST

Includes tuition and lunch for Sunday. No accommodation.

Monday Pass – $220.00 includes GST

Includes tuition and lunch for Monday. No accommodation.

Workshop – $30.00 includes GST

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 – $295.00 includes GST

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 – $195.00 includes GST

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 includes GST

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

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