Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Sabouyouma

Sabouyouma is a high energy 6-piece polyrhythmic groove machine that formed through ongoing musical relationships in Burlington, Vermont’s vibrant West-African dance and drumming scene. Sabouyouma is led by Guinean-born Ousmane Camara: the band’s front man, composer, and master Balafonist (the Balafon is a West-African marimba).

Sabouyouma has opened for nationally touring acts like The Toots and the Maytals, Moon Hooch, Xenia Rubinos, Polyrhythmics, Ikebe Shakedown, and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, and has performed at music festivals that have become staples of the Vermont music scene: Burlington Discover Jazz Fest, Waking Windows, Frendly Gathering, Tumble Down, Grand Point North, and The Manifestivus.

Ousmane Camara is a 6th generation Griot. Historically, in West Africa, Griots passed messages from the king throughout the kingdom before the use of pen and paper. Griots continue to play an important role in Africa today as poets, musicians, singers, and historians, preserving their ancient traditions through song. At the age of seven, Ousmane left his family’s home to go live with his teacher, Djeli Sana Camara. He would study and play balafon with his teacher for the next fifteen years. Ousmane continued to play throughout Guinea and traveled through nine other African countries. He has subsequently taught students from around the world.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Cameron
Job Title/Position: 
Manager
Physical Address: 
Burlington, VT 05401

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Year Founded: 
2016
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
French
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International