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M'Bemba Bangoura

Master Musician, Cultural Representative, Performer, Teacher, Choreographer

M’Bemba Bangoura has traveled throughout the world as a performer and teacher of African drum and dance and is revered worldwide for his high level of mastery. As a native of Guinea, West Africa, M’Bemba began drumming at a very young age. By the age of 21, he was acclaimed as a master drummer and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the most respected ballet company in Guinea at that time. Since moving to the US in 1992, M’Bemba has been an integral part of most major drum and dance conferences nationwide. He has taught hundreds of students, many of who are now teachers themselves. In addition, he has personally created choreography and developed repertoire for dozens of dance companies in New York City and abroad. M’Bemba is one of the foremost ambassadors for Guinean drum and dance.

Yearly, M'Bemba Bangoura hosts a yearly study/travel experience to dance and music practitioners. The three week study experience takes place in Conakry, Guinea as well as Boke, Guinea. Practitioners have the opportunity to study with Les Ballet Africains de Guinee- which is the foremost dance and music company of Guinea. Music and dance classes are taken 5 days a week with weekend experiences to music workshops and spiritual institutions. One week is spent in the village of Boke.

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