2nd-5th November 2019
Stay tuned for more info
Stay tuned for more info
” 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”
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.
1302 Trentham Rd, Kyneton VIC
Each day will packed full of workshops – you’re welcome to attend whichever you like
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 email@example.com
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!
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.
Oumou lives in Santa Cruz, California. We are bringing her all the way to Melbourne for you!
Oumou Faye is an acclaimed dancer who brings fire, power and sexiness to the floor. She has had extensive teaching experience in the US and is nurturing of all students, encouraging them to
find their own freedom of expression through dance. We have chosen Oumou for our camp this year after meeting her at Camp Fareta and discovering that she has amazing versatility – being able to teach styles from various West African countries with expert skill. This woman has inimitable style and groove.
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.
Born into a Griot family of traditional musicians in Senegal, Ibou Ngom has been carrying on his family’s musical lineage since childhood. ies, the 2nd National Ballet of Senegal and the Ballet Sinomew before moving to the Unites States seven years ago. Since then Ibou has been working to share his native culture’s music and dance traditions with US audiences. Ibou is a master djembe and Sabar drummer.
Ibou toured with two prominent Senegalese dance compan
Having performed throughout Ghana, Mali, Benin and South Africa and now living in Australia, Kwame is emerging as one of Australia’s most talented in the traditional and afro-contemporary dance forms. Like many of Ghana’s top dancers, Kwame began practising his art on the street. Finding a passion for dance he was picked up and rigorously trained by the renowned Joe Mensah, and later joined the Namo Ale Cultural Troupe, where he learned the intricacies of traditional Ghanaian dance.
This year we are very excited to announce the addition of TaKeTiNa workshops. TaKeTiNa leads participants to their innate rhythmic knowledge through stepping, clapping and the voice.
Introducing our expert facilitator…
Tania Bosak was born in Australia to Croatian migrants and a musician father. Her musical influences have continued to be as diverse as her performing career, which has included, professional actor, director, rhythm specialist, dancer, stand up comic, composer and event producer. Tania is the only Master teacher worldwide next to the founder Reinhard Flatischler.
We met Mami when she visited Australia and worked with us in 2012. We have maintained contact with this beautiful woman who teaches African dance in Osaka. Mami was a hip-hop dance teacher from the age of 18 then was introduced to African dance while visiting New York in 2008. She has subsequently visited Guinea to study dance and drumming and is a highly regarded proponent of this style.
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.
Roderick is a drummer/percussionist who discovered the Kora, (the African harp) six years ago. Since then Roderick has traveled to Senegal, Mali and Paris to immerse himself in the world of African culture, the mysterious beauty of Kora music and learning from such greats as Toumani Diabate, Kane Mathis and many others. Join Roderick for a fun and informative workshop as we learn some of the basics of playing the Kora, Koras provided, Limited to 6 people.
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 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.