Teaching in Schools

Click here to go to Sayon’s listing as NEST Eligible Teaching Artist on NEFA’s (New England Foundation for the Arts) Creative Ground.

Sayon is interested in developing relationships with elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, through residencies and/or teaching on an ongoing basis at intervals defined by the educational facility.

As an extremely gifted musician, both in terms of his knowledge and expertise, not only does he love working with people and connect with them well, they love him because of his open heart and the joy he exhibits. He has an unusual ability to foster high self esteem in his students, regardless of their age.

As a native of Guinea, West Africa, by working with him, students are exposed to another culture very different from their own, through music (playing and singing), language (French and Malinke, a traditional language of Guinea and Mali which can be introduced in song) and rhythmic movement (used in playing, body movement and dance). Sayon’s residencies are also an opportunity for cultural, world and social study.

All residency lengths, programs and costs can be tailored to the specific needs of the school or college. Programs are geared to school curriculum and needs. A program can consist of an introductory talk/demonstration, work with students in classes and/or intensively with a core group and with educators to extend the experience of the residency after Sayon leaves (where applicable), a final interactive performance and in some cases a workshop involving the broader based community, or any combination of these elements.

We will be happy to talk with you if you are considering opening the door to this diverse cultural experience for your students. Please feel free to make inquiries by contacting Lev at 802 779 4914 or emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let us know if you would like a list of residencies conducted to date.

About Sayon

Sayon Camara is an extremely talented djembefola with an intimate knowledge of the music for all the drums of the Malinke culture and an impeccable sense of time. Whether experiencing Sayon as a teacher or performer in classes, at workshops, celebrations, schools or other events, Sayon will take you places in drumming and traditional Guinean music that you didn’t know were possible and will do so with contagious joy. He is comfortable teaching and performing in any setting, for adults and children (whom he is wonderful with!) alike. He has been instructing workshops and classes in Guinea for fifteen years as well as being sought after for many celebratory occasions, both private and public. He has experience working with people from all walks of life, from many different countries.

In addition to his first CD, Sayon Barana, and second CD, Nyenema, Sayon is currently working on a third one. Prior to producing his own CDs, Sayon played on five of Famoudou Konate’s CDs, world renowned djemebefola from Guinea.



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