ABOUT N’NATO CAMARA______

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In Malinke, N’Nato means "I’m coming" and she arrived in this world dancing! N’Nato Camara is a member of the Susu tribe and comes from the city of Conakry in Guinea West Africa. In Guinea, N’Nato was the principal dancer with the Ballet Taille led by Mamadouba Camara, soloist for the Ballet Djoliba and former soloist for the Ballet Africans - two of West Africa’s most respected traditional groups. Other Guinean groups N’Nato has performed with include Circus Baobob, and Kaley Multicultural, and Aklysso.

After arriving in Canada in 2004, N’Nato performed with Masabo Culture Company and primarily with three time juno award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo. N’Nato travels the world performing and teaching traditional West African dance including in Mexico, Japan ,Costa Rica and the United States. Some of her career highlights include in August 2008 when she was the lead Choreographer and Artistic Director of Explosion Africaine performed at the Chan Centre in Vancouver. She toured North America and Poland with Les Amazonnes de Guinee. Along with touring with Marafani World Beat and Kikeyambay Traditional Drum and Dance, N’Nato continues to perform internationally with Alpha Yaya Diallo.

THE BAND______

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A celebrated soloist and master djembe player from Guinea, Alseny Michel Diallo and Marafani offers audiences a chance to dance, be joyful and revel in the African way of music as a vital and fundamental part of everyday life.

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