15181478_10153791318161116_1081815797627343019_nDjembe with Mohamed BangouraAfrican dance with Naby Bangouraimg_2041img_2231Djembe with Simon Lewisimg_1792African dance with Naby BangouraBangouraké & Naby BangouraDundun dance with Naby BangouraCamp Samatou staffimg_2040img_2043img_2045NSW crew chilling between classesDundun dance with Naby BangouraDundun dance with Naby BangouraDundun dance with Naby BangouraDundun dance with Naby BangouraDundun dance with Naby BangouraSamatou kids campimg_2101img_2149img_2168img_2181img_2187Singing with Miriam Liebermanimg_2227Samatou kids campSabar dance class with Lamine SonkoSabar dance class with Lamine SonkoSabar dance class with Lamine SonkoSabar dance class with Lamine Sonkoimg_2324Lunchtime at Camp Samatouimg_2349Miriam LiebermanSamatou PartySamatou choir with Miriam Liebermanimg_2383Senegalese drummersSenegalese drummersNaby BangouraWassawumba show at Samatou PartyWassawumba show at Samatou PartySamatou Party!Bollywood with Emily CooperEmily Cooperimg_2548Simon LewisLamine Sonkoimg_1773Mohamed Bangoura soloNaby Bangoura dance soloShabba dance soloAfrican dance with MitziLunchtime at Camp Samatouimg_2593African dance with Naby BangouraSabar drum class with Lamine SonkoSabar drum class with Lamine SonkoSenegalese drummersimg_2633Camp Samatou bushlandDancers chillingMohamed Bangoura and friendsLamine SonkoCamp Samatou crewYoga with Miriam LiebermanDundun dance with Naby BangouraDundun dance with Naby BangouraYacou Mbaye on dunslunchtime at Camp SamatouLunchtime at Camp SamatouWassawumbaMitzi & the ladiesDjembe with Mohamed BangouraMohamed BangouraSabar drum classLamine SonkoOusmane SonkoBangourake djembe classDJ Shabba Sat night partyNaby and friends party after the showWassawumba show at Samatou PartyCamp Samatou staff 2016

Samatou 2016 Photos


This year we had around 120 participants joining us for camp, and resounding good feedback from everyone.
Here’s what the surveys said…

“All classes were full of joyful energy. I’m definitely coming back next year”
“Excellent food – nutritious and great variety.”
“Loved the concert – so good to see the teachers perform”
“It was so inspiring to learn from & teach alongside such an incredible lineup of teachers – thanks for the opportunity!”

“It was only three days… but it was enough to re-ignite the slow burning embers within me. I returned home with a renewed vigour for this art form. My djembe playing is suddenly more alert seeking out endless possible gaps within the melody of the dunduns. It’s joyful once again and it’s persistent, intentional and harder than I’ve played in years. My fellow drummers here have noticed it. I have noticed it. I play envisioning you joyful dancers with your playful feet, your waving arms and your smiling faces. I drum with your faces etched in my mind.Thank you wonderful people of Camp Samatou. I hope to cross paths with you again soon…” Alex Salvador, Townsville

We’d just like to say a HUGE thank you to all our wonderful artists Mohamed Bangoura, Naby Bangoura, Lamine Sonko, Ousmane Sonko, Yacou Mbaye, Miriam Lieberman and Emily Cooper, and also to all those who came from interstate to join us. See you next year inshallah!!!

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