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Tasana Camara: West African Griot & Musician

Artist

Culture, Music

Contact: Tasana Camara
Phone: (814) 673-1708
Email: kelly@erieartsandculture.org
Address:
Oil City, PA

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History

A native of Guinea, Tasana Camara comes from a long line of well-known West African musicians who play traditional Mandinka music on hand-made instruments. Tasana makes and plays an African harp called the Kora, a wooden xylophone called the Balafon, and the various drums of the Mandinka. Tasana has performed professionally throughout the world including appearing with the Ballet Senegal and the National Ballet of Guinea and a Carnegie Hall performance with the Chicago Arts Orchestra. In 1990 to 2003 he was part of the 10-member Guinean supergroup Fatala. This ensemble, based out of Holland, toured extensively throughout Europe.  In 2005 he came to America at the invitation of the University of Florida. Since 2012 his base in the U.S. is Oil City. He is in demand for workshops and residencies at universities, high schools and elementary schools in Northwest PA. To him, music is a way to bring people together. His training in Guinea as a traditional griot, or djeli, prepared him to heal relationships and create peace using music. Highly intuitive, Camara combines high energy music with a gentle personality and he is equally at home with preschoolers, teens, college students and senior citizens.  

Short video of Tasana working with students at East Middle School in Erie: https://youtu.be/dH-6LaTXl5A

 

Photos

Tasana on balafon

Tasana on balafon