If you haven’t had the pleasure of studying with Sayon Camara, you are in for a treat. He will take you places in your drumming you didn’t know existed and he will do it with a humble, open heart and infinite joy. Get a direct West African experience. You’ll never be the same again! Sayon has been teaching workshops for almost a decade in the US, Guinea and Japan to students from all over the world. He has the ability to communicate the music to others, regardless of the language they speak and the size of the group. Past workshops have ranged in length from one day to one month and can be held in your city or country, or in Guinea. If you would like to arrange a workshop in your area, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. Please check out Workshop Tips below.

Workshop Tips

What to Bring to All Drum Workshops

djembe if you have one, water, an audio recorder – we ask that no video recordings be made during workshops, only photos and audio recordings – to practice what you’ve learned later, and whatever else you need to be comfortable. If you don’t have a djembe don’t worry, you can rent at the workshop for a nominal fee. Please let us know you need to rent a djembe when you register, and definitely in advance.

If You Need A Drum For A Workshop

Please let us know well in advance by calling 802 779 4914. We have djembes for rent for $5 per workshop day.

What to Bring to All Dance Workshops

Loose comfortable clothing, plenty of water and any snack you may need.

Pre-register for all workshops by calling or texting 802-779-4914, unless otherwise specified.

December 2021 – January 2022

A Workshop Like No Other!

3 Weeks of Immersion into the Culture of Sayon’s Native Guinea
Drumming, Music, Dance + Culture Intensive

Go here for more information. Plan now for this amazing 2021/ 2022 trip (exact dates to be announced)… it’s never too early to sign up!

Past Workshops

  • Sarasota NY

  • China Tour

  • Wiscasset ME

  • Guinea, West Africa

  • Uxbridge MA

  • Stonington CT

  • Harrisburg PA

  • Freeport NY

  • Newton MA

  • Boston MA

  • Woolwich ME

  • Bellingham WA

  • Washington DC

  • Schuylersville NY

  • Lebanon NH

  • White River Junction VT

  • Seattle WA

  • Norwich VT

  • Windsor VT

  • Plymouth NH

  • Laconia NH

  • Vassalboro ME

  • Portland OR

  • Ashland OR

  • Augusta ME

  • New London NH

  • Vancouver CA

  • Kouya Sidia & Conakry, Guinea

  • Japan Tour

  • Chicago IL

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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