Chicago Percussionist Helen Bond
With Fodé Camara of Guinea, West Africa
JULY 6-8, 2012
Helen Bond is a dynamic percussionist, teacher, and storyteller who engages diverse audiences of all ages through the joy, energy, and healing power of traditional West African hand drumming and songs. For over a decade she has traveled regularly to Guinea, West Africa to study the intricate musical traditions and culture of the Malinke people, whose ancestors created the d’jembe and dunun drums. There she deepened her skill in Malinke rhythms and songs and her understanding of their role in village life. In giving back, her travels have opened opportunities for social justice work in the remote villages in West Africa. Helen is the founder of Motherland Rhythm Community, a nonprofit organization focused on creating community and connecting cultures through hand drumming, co-founder of Benkadi Project, which offers charitable assistance to address education, health, and basic human needs in Guinea, and the Diamana Dia and Mboray Nani performance ensembles.
Fodé Camara, is a musician, artist, storyteller and performer from Guinea, West Africa. He has been touring in the US and Canada for the past six years participating in workshops and assisting in teaching traditional percussion music rom his home country. Fodé is a master drum maker who creates professional quality African hand drums using natural materials, including the goblet-shaped djembe and barrelshaped dununs. A member of the Susu ethnic group in Guinea, Fodé offers unique and engaging presentations and performances for people of all ages in which he discusses his culture and traditions and his reflections on the benefits and challenges of growing up in West Africa. Fodé has shared his experience, talents and warm smile and laughter with children and adults through presentations at many local schools, community and cultural centers over the years.