SABOUYOUMA AT BCA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Burlington City Arts’ Summer Concert Series, presented by VSECU, features Sabouyouma on August 5.
Sabouyouma is a high energy seven-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).
Ousmane Camara is a 6th generation Griot: Historically, in West Africa, Griots passed messages from the king throughout the kingdom before 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.
Burlington City Arts’ is bringing music back to Church Street – safely – with our annual Summer Concert Series. All are welcome to enjoy these free concerts by Vermont musicians on lower Church Street, near City Hall. The series takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. For many of the musicians featured in this summer’s series, these concerts will mark their first gig in many months, so go cheer them on!
Thank you to Summer Concert Series 2020 supporting sponsor Small Dog Electronics.