The Eastern Mass
Rhythm Festival 13th Annual EMRF on August 5, 2017

Check back during the month of May for the complete schedule of the 13th annual Eastern Mass Rhythm Festival on August 5, 2017.


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Traditional Sounds
of the African Drum

with Sayon Camara

Play the the songs of the djembe as they are heard in the traditional village culture of the Malinke people in the Sankaran region of Guinea.

No frills, no embellishments, straight from the origin. All levels are welcome! Sayon will guide you. Accompaniments, solos, duns, songs included! Bring your djembe (and duns if that's what makes you happy)!


sayon workshop crowd


A Bit About Sayon:

Few know the power of the djembe like Sayon Camara. An exemplary djembe and fluid dounoun drummer, musician, performer, teacher and scholar of the traditional music of Guinea, he operates with boundless energy and an deep and abiding respect for life and the music he stewards.

At the age of seven Sayon's father gifted him with a djembe. He continued to play, serving as the djembefola of his village for decades until he left to spend another decade studying, living, sleeping and breathing Famoudou Konate's teaching. He has taught in Mr. Konate's workshops and you will hear Sayon's playing on many of Mr. Konate's CDs.

Sayon carries an intimate knowledge of the music for the drums, songs, and stories of his people. In the spirit of an angel he delivers a sound that is as clear as a bell with an impeccable sense of time.

Sayon has taught students from all over the world, from all walks of life and currently offers weekly drumming classes in White River Junction VT and New London NH and private instruction and workshops, as well as school residencies in New England, the US, Japan, Guinea and anywhere in the world avid drummers wish to invite him.


For More Information and Links:

Find out what Sayon is up to, and see videos at:



New Water for Sidia

Clean water means good health. Good health means being able to feel well enough to work, grow food, cook and go to school. Sayon’s home village of Kouya Sidia needs a second well and pump. We are more than halfway to our goal of $12,500. Help us reach it! Any donation, no matter the size, brings the well closer to reality.

Be part of New Water for Sidia!


Make a contribution online or in person
with Sayon or Lev the day of the EMRF


Make a contribution by check or money order:

Please make it out to: One African Village
And mail it to: One African Village • PO Box 646 • Woodstock VT 05091

Donations are only one way to help! If you are a teacher or group leader of any kind of group that might be interested in creating fund raisers... lemonade stands, car washes, bake sales (just a few ideas)... are all ways to raise funds and allow people here to lend a hand to people in Sayon’s village. Please feel free to contact us to discuss ideas and how we can help your community get connected with Sayon, his village and the wonderful people who live there!
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