Master drummer Sayon Camara from Guinea, West Africa, joins forces with multi-instrumentalists Dave Kobrenski and Grant Ellerbeck for spellbinding performances of traditional Malinké music.

Known collectively as Landaya, this powerhouse trio draws from the traditions of Sayon’s village, weaving intricate rhythms on the djembé and dunun drums with ancient melodies. Kobrenski and Ellerbeck accompany Sayon’s joyous singing on instruments like the Fula flute, kamale ngoni (10-string harp) and bolon (4-string bass harp). The performance is further enhanced by Sayon’s storytelling, providing rich cultural context.

Prepare for an immersive and unforgettable journey into the heart of West African music with Sayon Camara and Landaya.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 8 @ 7pm
Hermit Woods Winery Meredith, NH
Sayon Camara & Landaya Trio

West African djembé master Sayon Camara joins forces with Landaya (Dave Kobrenski, Grant Ellerbeck) for a formidable display of virtuosity and style, showcasing the traditional music of the Malinké people of Guinea.


Saturday, September 7 @ 1pm Laconia Multicultural Festival

Mark your calendars - exact time and location TBA. West African djembé master Sayon Camara joins forces with Landaya (Dave Kobrenski, Grant Ellerbeck) for a formidable display of virtuosity and style, showcasing the traditional music of the Malinké people of Guinea.

Over the years, this hard-working group performed at hundreds of concerts and festivals, and presented drumming workshops to countless students at schools throughout the Northeast US. During this time, I made yearly sojourns to West Africa to immerse myself in the music, with the goal of sharing the music and culture in an inspiring and educational format — while generating needed financial support for my teachers in Guinea. What started as a performance troupe grew into a family of musicians that spanned two continents.

These are a few of the recordings from 2008 that feature my own arrangements of traditional Mandinka rhythms and songs, performed on the Fula flute, djembe and dunun drums, balafon, and more. They represented years of studies and travels. Almost a decade later, I’m proud to share these with you.

Dara

Traditional Malinké rhythm, arranged by D. Kobrenski.

Sofa

Traditional Malinké rhythm, arranged by D. Kobrenski.

Taama Diya Lé

A more contemporary song sung in Malinké, that I arranged for the Fulani flute and balafon. It’s a song of hardship that deals with how one must endure walking many miles to find work and food.

Wading into the River Djoliba

This is my own composition. I recorded it with balafon and two flutes, and composed a new rhythm on the djembe and dunun drums. I still love this piece.

Sayon Camara and Landaya
Sayon Camara and Landaya