WHO WE ARE
Sibo & Rachel Bangoura welcome you to Drum & Dance Sydney. We hope to inspire our students and audiences with an authentic taste of the richness of West African music and dance.
Percussionist – Musician – Teacher
Born into a Musicans Family (Griot) in Conakry, Guinea West Africa, Sibo is one of Australia’s most valued African Percussionists, renown for his entertaining and interactive teaching style. A highly sort after professional, he has travelled both nationally and internationally for workshops and performances. Sibo has music and rhythm in his blood, it is a language of his childhood. Traditionally a Griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician responsible for preserving cultural history through music, dance and ceremony and ensuring that it is passed on across many generations.
As well as regularly teaching, Sibo performs regularly at private and public performances as lead singer for popular 8 piece band Keyim Ba. He has also played along side many of the greats including Mamady Keita, Epizo Bangoura, Bocca Camara, Afro Moses, Declan Kelly. Current Sydney based Groups: Keyim Ba, Chosani Afrique, Afro Moses O’Jah Band, Miriam Lieberman Big Band, Stage Show – Rhythm Safari. Currently working on a new stage show VERADA, Directed by Hilton Denis (Limbo).
In his regular classes and workshops, Sibo works alongside students to build an understanding of playing djembe as an instrument and teaches the parts of traditional rhythms staying true to his culture. Sibo opens his classes to all levels of students in order to introduce his culture in a fun and interactive way.
Dancer – Teacher – Event Management
With a background of various dance forms including Ballet and Jazz, Rachel has studied West African dance extensively over the last 15 years both in Guinea, West Africa and in Australia. Her teachers included Sekouba Camara (Director – Ballet Matam, Guinea); Nema Camara (Les Ballets Africannes); Aminata Conde (Ballet Matam); Epizo Bangoura (Guinea); Mory Traore (Guinea); Lucky Lartey (Ghana) ; Fode Mane (Senegal).
Having taught in Australia for over 10 years, she has unique skills as a teacher with an ability to translate to Western students the complexity of traditional choreographies and rhythms. An extremely talented and dedicated teacher, Rachel reaches out to students of all levels to encourage them to embrace the freedom and joy of West African dance.
With a background Event Management, managing corporate & high profile events as Assistant Venue Manager at The Australian National Maritime Museum, Rachel Bangoura is now entrepreneur of world music projects. She is currently Directing a leading school of African Drum & Dance in Australia – Douniya – African Drum & Dance Sydney; Director of multicultural schools arts program – Drum Safari; Manager of the popular Sydney based African band Keyim Ba and Director of Sydney’s annual West African Festival.
She has won several prestigious grants on her projects including funding granted by Australia Council of the Arts (West African Festival 2012/2013), Arts NSW (Keyim Ba), Playing Australia (Keyim Ba), Kultour (Keyim Ba).
Friends of Drum & Dance Sydney :
Pape, Yacou & Thiass MBaye – www.drummingafrica.com
Lucky Lartey – www.luckyafricandance.com
John May & Emily Cooper – www.handsheartfeet.com.au
Fode Mane – Jamojamoarts.com
Benjie Wills – www.earthenrhythms.com