Lansana Camara

Lansana (Sana) Camara was born in 1977 in Saraya, a small village in Guinea West Africa. Being born into a family of griots (village story tellers) and musicians.

Sana started playing music at the age of 10. He began with the balafon (African wooden marimba) he learnt and played this instrument for 20 years and still plays and performs today. Sana’s second instrument is the djembe (African drum) which he started two years later and was taught by various teachers and later joined percussion de guinee junior, (percussion and dance ensemble) and stayed with them for five years. This group were very famous at that time in Guinea and still perform today. While playing with the group, he was offered a position in percussion de Boka, led by Ibrahima Camara (Boka) regarded as one of Guineas best djembe fola’s. Along with this new group, Sana also had he’s own percussion ensemble, plus he was teaching percussion to children and various other age groups. Sana’s third instrument is the kora (22 string African harp) this instrument has been with him for ten years. Owing to the amount of time, discipline and passion that Sana has dedicated to his music, the outcome reflects an extremely confident and high standard of musician ship. In 2005 Sana moved to Australia and now lives there permanently. During this time he has been involved with various musical projects, this includes, Balabajal a three piece traditional African music ensemble, Tribalious an African contempory percussion ensemble, Tibet to Timbuktu a fusion of Tibetan, African, Indian and Australian music and Adoona a four piece contempory group high lighting the Kora. He has also been hired to do session work with various projects and artists. Festivals include Woodford folk festival, Island vibe, Cairns African festival, Sydney festival and various small festivals. Also, Sana has been involved in corporate drumming workshops with drum circle, formerly known as drum cafe and teaching children percussion at schools with Hello Africa, running workshops in the Brisbane area, and on tour teaching at schools in Tamworth, Coffs harbor and Newcastle. Alongside this Sana has worked with Jumbo Jumbo also a company involved in school projects, where he worked teaching kids percussion