Location: 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.
Camp Samatou is the best West African drum and dance camp in Victoria – great food and excellent tuition.camper, 2014
Naby is a resident of California. We are bringing him all the way to Melbourne for you! Read our interview with him here.
Naby Bangoura learned traditional West African dance during village ceremonies and celebrations in Guinée, West Africa. At age fifteen, Naby started dancing professionally with Les Merveilles de Guinée. In 1998, Les Merveilles brought him to perform in the United States. Known for his energetic and fluid dance style and soaring spirit, Naby has been performing and teaching high energy West African dance, Guinée style, in dance studios and dance workshops all over the world.
He is described in Guinea as the man with “Hands of Fire”, “the Lion of Matam”, already 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.
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 dinners will be provided with a vegetarian/gluten-free option available. Sweets courtesy of Mitzi’s mum. Prepare for a feast!
Lunches will consist of a wide variety of rolls/bread and salads/cold meats/cheese/eggs.
Tea, coffee and fruit will be available during the day.
All participants will need to bring their own breakfast foods.
If you have a child between the ages of 4-12, they might like to come along to camp too! For the first time, we are offering a program for the kiddies so that parents can drum and dance without stress – and also so that the next generation can meet their contemporaries in the drum/dance community and have an awesome time!
This program will provide care and a range of activities (craft, games, dance, drum etc) during class hours. Children will need to be picked up for lunch.
If you would like to offer a kid’s activity for a camp discount, email Mitzi: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday evening, you will have a chance to ‘meet the teachers’. Our African artists will tell stories of their lives in Africa.
Saturday evening is a big party night! There will be a grand performance of and traditional drum, dance and song from Wassawumba and our African artists, and all camp participants will perform an en masse piece (learnt on the Saturday afternoon).
We will have a dance party to finish the night with the awesome DJ Shabba Eshun!
Mohamed Bangoura (Guinea) – drum, dundun dance
Naby Bangoura (Guinea) – dance, dundun dance
Lam Lakiz (Congo Brazzaville) – Soukous, Congolese dance
Lam’s classes will be accompanied by Congolese drummer Iglay Arnaud
Simon Lewis – drum, djembe maintenance class, balafon
Mitzi McRae – dance
Miriam Lieberman – song, yoga
Emily Cooper – Bollywood, Afro-Yoga, Tribal bellydance
Rooms sleep 4-8 with ensuite bathrooms or 2-12 with separate purpose-built toilet and shower blocks. 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!
Bedding (sleeping bag and pillow)
Breakfast food, & lunch for Friday
Kyneton is 10min drive from the camp site.