What did people say about Camp Samatou 2018?
” thanks for your passion, commitment, community building, energy to die for, and amazing giving, smiling personalities!!!!! You are all wonderful! AHEKOO !”
“great friendly people and relaxed fun increased by certain wacky people”
“Love, love, love and still buzzing. Thank you ”
“Thanks Mitzi, Simon and all other teachers, volunteers and organisers. I cherish this community and will give myself wholeheartedly to it ”
“Loved it, as usual. It gets better every year!”
“Such a beautiful community of people. The organisers Mitzi and Simon are simply amazing people”
Campaspe Downs Country Resort
Located on the outskirts of the Macedon Ranges, close to Kyneton and an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the site is set amid 160 acres of natural bushland.
1302 Trentham Rd, Kyneton VIC
Each day will packed full of workshops – you’re welcome to attend whichever you like
- African dance All dance classes will be accompanied by a full drumming ensemble in the large hall. All of our artists are highly experienced teachers who are patient and friendly. They are there for you!
- Djembe classes Please bring your own djembe along to the class. If you are hiring one, this will be allocated when you arrive (see Mitzi or Simon). There is also some opportunity to play dundun in these classes but the focus will be on learning djembe accompaniments, technique and solo phrases.
- Dundun classes will teach sangban, kenkeni and dundunba parts for traditional West African rhythms.
- Dundun dance This is combining simple dance moves with playing dunduns (stick drums)
- Song Miriam Lieberman (Sydney) has a rich history of teaching and performing African and African-inspired music
- Soukous/Ndombolo Lam will be teaching this popular style of dance from the Congo. The word Soukous means ‘to shake’ and the dance movements are sexy and fun.
- Kizomba is an Angolan dance style characterized by close partner connection and smooth, grounded movement. Lam is a highly acclaimed teacher of Kizomba. He will be teaching an evening workshop to get our party happening.
- TaKeTiNa TaKeTiNa is a musical, meditative group process designed to develop an awareness of rhythm. Participants are guided into the experience of rhythm archetypes, rhythmic images anchored deep in human consciousness.
- Afrobeat dance Afrobeat music blends West African musical styles with jazz, soul, funk and electronic music. It’s all about having fun!
- Afro Belly Dance West African dance fused with moves from the Middle East and Northern Africa
- Raqs Sharqi Egyptian-style belly dance
- Kora (21-string West African harp) Small group classes with Roderick McLeod. Bookings essential as we only have 6 instruments available for use
For all drum classes you’ll need to bring your own djembe or hire one for $10 per day. For dundun and dundun dance classes, drums are provided on a first-in, first-served basis. If you have your own set of duns, please bring them!
Drummers are welcome to drum for dance classes.
Delicious hot meals will be provided with a vegetarian/gluten-free option available. Sweets courtesy of Mitzi’s mum. Prepare for a feast!
Tea, coffee and fruit will be available during the day.
All participants will need to bring their own breakfast foods and Saturday lunch.
Claire Adamson will be available for relaxation massage, remedial massage or myotherapy on site at discounted rates. You can pre-book or just book in at camp! She will be available Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
60 minutes $85
Claire runs her own business in Melbourne and can be contacted on 0478 535 412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday night performance by Wassawumba and guest artists
- Sunday night Kizomba dance party with DJ Lam Lakiz
- Monday night meet-the-teacher artist interviews, Miriam Lieberman kora and vocal performance, talent show
Rooms sleep 4-8 with ensuite bathrooms. A sheet and mattress is provided but you will need to bring all other bedding.
Alternatively, you are welcome to pitch a tent on a grassy area under the trees!
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Bedding (sleeping bag and pillow)
Breakfast food, & lunch for Saturday
Kyneton is 10min drive from the camp site.
If you have a child between the ages of 4-12, they might like to come along to camp too! On the Saturday and Sunday we offer a fun program of activities during class hours so that parents can join in classes while children are also having a great time.
This program will provide care and a range of activities including art & craft, games, dance, drum and singing workshops during class hours. Children will need to be picked up for lunch and when workshops are finished for the day.
On the Monday and Tuesday, kids are welcome to play in the lounge area adjacent to the main hall (where most classes occur). There will be art/craft materials, games and books for entertainment but kids will NOT be actively supervised on these days.
Guest teachers 2019 (more to come!)
Mohamed Bangoura (“Bangouraké”)
Djembe Fola, Guinea
Mohamed Bangoura is described in Guinea as the man with “Hands of Fire” or “the Lion of Matam”
He is regarded by many connoisseurs as one of the best amongst the Master Drummers of this world. His life totally dedicated to the music and his traditions, mesmerizing audiences with his out of this world skills, talent, power and virtuosity.
Bangouraké is a true master through initiation and ability.
Mohamed was born in Guinea, West Africa in a village called Bourramya-Koubya. Mohamed started to play at the age of 5 years old and has been surrounded by music throughout his life.
Djembe Fola & Balafonist, Mali
Bassidi Koné is of Bwa ethnicity from the Segou region in Mali. Born into a Griot family, Bassidi grew up beside his father’s instrument, the balafon (a traditional, wooden xylophone), instilling in him his forefathers’ traditional village songs and rhythms.
After moving to Bamako at thirteen, Bassidi extended his knowledge and skill, distinguishing himself through his innovative solo lead playing and technical virtuosity.
Bassidi now tours internationally and collaborates with many different ensembles. Read more about Bassidi.
Dancer, Congo Brazzaville
Miriam Lieberman, singer
This Sydney based singer songwriter is known not only for her unmistakable voice and songwriting, but for playing the 21 string West African harp, known as the kora. Miriam draws her influences from far and wide – having most notably spent long periods of time studying traditional music in West Africa where she studied with local musicians including celebrated kora player Toumani Diabate, and has now created her own unique style. Miriam will be teaching singing classes and performing in the evenings at Camp Samatou.
Simon Lewis, drummer
Simon is highly regarded as a teacher of world percussion. He has lived and studied traditional djembe, dundun, balafon and kora in Guinea West Africa with Master drummers Lamine Soumah, Aliou Sylla and the world famous Les Percussions De Guinea. He is well known for his insightful and innovative teaching style which is both fun and challenging. With a background in classical and jazz his versatility and broad knowledge of music gives students a unique entry into the world of African drumming.
Mitzi McRae, Dancer
Mitzi has studied West African dance for over 15 years and has travelled to Africa (Ghana, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Senegal, Gambia and Mali) and also to the United States to further her knowledge by learning from the masters. She is a natural teacher and over the 10 years of teaching African dance she has developed a unique style which provides a relaxed and open environment which is cherished by her students.