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Drum & Dance
Guinea, West Africa

December 20, 2008 to January 9, 2009
(Travel Days the Weekends before and after)

On the Tropical Island Roume

Photo Gallery from Africa 2005
Map of West Africa

Last Minute Special

Our Host

Our Host

Dibo Camara and Forè Foté www.fore-fote.com (Music and Dance in Black and White) offers the real experience of Guinea hospitality and lore while ensuring the greatest level of comfort, safety, privacy and wellness. Forè Foté School was the first to establish an organized camp in Guinea and offers an experience unlike any other – a spectacular island village location, a beautiful villa, six hours of drum and dance each day with our master teachers, interaction with like-minded souls from around the world, and the opportunity to totally immerse yourself in the music, dance, culture and sacred traditions of West Africa.

Forè Foté is an hour’s boat ride off the Guinea’s coast. This lush tropical paradise with its unspoiled sandy beaches is home to a traditional Susu fishing village of about 200 people. Our trip is during the dry season with temperatures in the 80’s so bring your swimsuit for a refreshing plunge in the Atlantic after a hot dance class! While there you’ll become a part of the village, witness to its day-to-day activities and even take part in traditional village events such as wedding, naming & boat launching celebrations. Learn from master drum-makers. Take boat trips to Baga and other islands. Wander the streets of Conakry; interact with and taste the sumptuous foods of the Baga, Susu, Malinke and Fula peoples. Guinea is a French-speaking country.

Accommodations & Cuisine

Our Host

You will be comfortable and secure in Forè Foté’s beautiful new villa, situated at the water’s edge. It offers privacy while still being an integral part of the village. The compound’s courtyard is the hot spot for evening entertainment by local musicians, village events and celebrations. Rooms comfortably bunk two to four students with plenty of space for personal belongings. Three wonderful meals are prepared fresh daily by outstanding chefs. For breakfast, you’ll have bread with jam, butter or cheese, omelets, fresh island fruit, coffee and tea. For lunch and dinner you’ll be treated to traditional African meals of fresh fish or chicken with a wide variety of tasty vegetables cooked in an assortment of delicious sauces. Vegetarian options available. Living supplies available at the Forè Foté Café and Bar.

Course Instruction

Dance Class Whether you are an advanced professional or a beginner, your technique and skill will grow tremendously under the wings of our master teachers with three hours of drum and dance each, five days a week (M – F)! The traditional dances, rhythms, and songs of Guinea make up the curriculum for each of the student groups, which will be divided according to skill level. Teachers will focus on proper drum and dance technique and simpler rhythms and steps with Beginners, while Intermediate and Advanced students will be introduced to more complex rhythms, dances,and arrangements emphasizing the drum/dance relationship, choreography, phrasing, and solo technique.
Weekends are for rest, or excursions and cultural exploration. Students’ emotional support and transpersonal mastery has been added daily for an hour and is an all group meeting. Private lessons available for an additional fee upon request.

Our Master Instructors


M. Lamine “Dibo” Camara, nicknamed “Rhythm Devil” for his amazing speed, technique, and phrasing, is a master djembe soloist from Guinea. For over 25 years he has performed and instructed all over the world with top international artists including National Ballet Djoliba and Les Ballet d’Afrique Noir, and is founder of Company Forè Foté Music and Dance.


Yamoussa Soumah, who is also from Guinea is a true master dancer and legendary artist. As an original member of the National Ballet Djoliba and later principal dancer for Les Ballet Africains, Yamoussa toured with Ballet Africains and is featured in the acclaimed “Heritage” video. Yamoussa spent seven years conducting master classes and university community workshops in the U.S. with the late Kemoko Sano (1940 - 2006) and other top choreographers. He is a compassionate and patient teacher with unparalleled knowledge of traditional dance movements and their meanings.

Afia Drumming

Afia Walking Tree, World Class percussionist and Drum Amazon of the Ajuba Drum lineage, is the director of this tour and part of the teaching staff at camp. She has studied and performed with many masters within West African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian traditions. Afia has been called a luminary trailblazer because of her innovative, constructive, and inspiring approach to envisioning and awakening community through drumming our souls free.

Guest Artists

Specially chosen instructors from Guinea’s premier ballet companies will assist Forè Foté. These guests are selected not only for their artistic, but their ability to instruct.

Tuition & Deposit

The cost for the camp is $1,600.00 US, which includes all of your classes (90 hrs of instruction), 3 meals per day, 3 liters of water per day; shared accommodations (limited private rooms available for an additional $200 US); transportation to/from airport in Guinea; boat trips to Baga and other islands and special village performances! The price does not include airfare. Our travel agent can provide discounted group airfares that are below market value. Inquire! The camp is limited to 30 students! Register now as spaces are filling up fast.

Special Last Minute Tuition of $1,440.00 when you by November 15, ‘08

Full Last Minute Special Payment

Early Bird Special Final Deposit($680) + 4% Svc Fee: Pay $707.20
Early Bird Special includes a $400 non-refundable deposit.

$400 deposit due by June 15, 2008 (Non-Refundable)
$400 due by August 31, 2008
$400 due by October 31, 2008
$400 due by November 15, 2008 (Final Payment)
All payments can be made either through PayPal(4% paypal service fee added)

$400 Installment Plan + 4% Svc Fee: Pay $416.00

$240 Installment Plan + 4% Svc Fee: Pay $249.60


Mail checks to:
24 Varda Landing, Sausalito, CA 94965;
Payable to: Afia Walking Tree

Cancellation Policy:
Full refund except deposit up to September 15
Fifty Percent refund (except non-refundable deposit) from September 16 to December 12

Additional Cost Considerations
Travel Insurance $150 to 250
Guinea Visa www.visahq.com 30 days - $44.95; 60 days - $144.95
Passport $60 to 150 (renew or new)
Minimum of Malaria and Yellow Fever Vaccinations
Spending Money
Special Delegate Fees (for anyone with disabilities)
All travel supplies, bags & medical supplies

Tax deductible donations for scholarships and village medical and school supplies accepted. Please call or email us for further details.

We look forward to you joining this soulful drum journey. Email us with questions at SpiritDrumz@mac.com subject line: Africa 2008" or call us at (530) 918-9506.
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