Aboubacar Camara and Doundounba

Aboubacar Camara and Doundounba


Traditional and modern instruments mingle
in dance-driven afropop melodies, and ancient rhythms are given original arrangements - all to lyrics highlighting kindness, unity, and joy.


Aboubacar Camara leads his group, Doundounba, in performing West African amasumbou music – a mingling of musical traditions – with popular West African dance-driven melodies of mandeng guitar as well as ancient Guinean rhythms.

Their instrumentation is equally diverse, incorporating the balafon (xylophone), djembe (hand drum), doun doun (bass drum), kirin (slit log drum played with sticks), and gongoma (gourd) alongside electric and bass guitars and the drum kit.

The result - dance hall world music! And spiced with traditional percussion, its a combination that gets everyone on their feet dancing or moving in their seat! On stage, Aboubacar’s extra-ordinary dance moves, with their speed, energy and style, are thrilling to watch.

Many of Aboubacar’s original lyrics promote qualities such as kindness, unity and joy, and others make inquiries into the human condition and the challenges that face a diverse society.

This range and excellence in African music make Doundounba's sound stand out in the World Music community. Their compelling presentation and the vibrant atmosphere they create make this group one you won't want to miss!

Experience Africa. Experience Doundounba!


Fanyifan, 2003

Set List

Standard show is 2 sets, 45 min to an hour each, but flexible to event/presenter preferences

Workshops available in African dance, djembe