Ibrahima Kolipe Camara

Musical Director

Kolipe Camara


"I am so impressed, I have never seen
anything like this !"

Gregory Hines



Ibrahima Kolipe Camara is a Master Drummer from Guinea West Africa. At an early age Kolipe traveled throughout the regions of Guinea learning the different types of musical instruments, rhythms and dances from the many ethnic groups of Guinea. In 2000, Kolipe joined Les Ballets Africaines, the internationally recognized representatives of West African Culture, and the highest level of accomplishment for a Guinean percussionist. As a lead drummer for the Ballet, Kolipe toured throughout Africa and the United States, eventually settling in New York City.

Kolipe has been teaching, touring and performing with Feraba-ART, Magbana, Drum Caf�, Kakande and many more groups since 2006, continually pleasing crowds as a dynamic musician with a powerfully positive presence. He has been featured on numerous CD�s from diverse artists including Mange Sylla, M�mah Doumbouya, M�Bemba Bangoura and Famoro Dioubate and released �Rhythms from Guinea Vol.1� in 2012.


Andy Algire

Andy Algire




"F�raba provided a completely convincing mix of African rhythms and tap."

...The international flavor of the Tap Extravaganza might best be summed up by F�raba.

      Cynthia Kirk
        New York, ITA News









Andy Algire is a drummer, percussionist, balafonist and pianist specializing in jazz and African music. From 1990 to 1995 he pursued a degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, with an emphasis on drum set and Jazz Studies. He participated in the recording of two CD projects, conducted a lab band and toured China while a member of the University�s Jazz Ensemble.  From 1995 to 1997 he toured nationally with guitarist/singer/songwriter Billy McLaughlin.

In 1997, Andy performed and recorded with Scott Hanna, percussionist, and founder of Rhythm Exchange World Music Ensemble.  The group toured nationally in 1999 including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Since 2000, Andy has been studying balafon and the music of West Africa with various master musicians such as Abou Sylla, Famoro Dioubate.   He is a member of several New York based groups including The Mandingo Ambassadors, Famoro Dioubate's Kakande, The Afro-yorkers and others.  He has also worked with several acclaimed recording artists from West Africa, including Sekouba Bambino, Mory Djeli Kouyate, and Oumou Dioubate

He currently leads his own ensemble, dedicated to the exploration of traditional and contemporary styles from Africa, the African Diaspora, and various jazz forms.  Andy has traveled to Europe, Cuba, Guinea, and Mali to study and perform and plans to return to West Africa. He has received several composition grants from various New York arts foundations, and in 2007 was commissioned by Circuit Productions to create the program �Sound Bridges� with funding provided through the New York State Music Fund.  Andy also leads an African percussion ensemble at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, and teaches private and group classes in the New York City area and throughout New England. 


Yalani Bangoura

"Ms Koloseus and Yalani Bangoura are extremely accomplished dancers! The music and dancing from her troup was from the heart, direct, and a great demonstration of human connection through music -both within the group and out into the auditorium."

Parents Association,  CT

Yalani Bangoura is a master dancer, performer, choreographer, acrobat and teacher of dances from his homeland, Guinea, West Africa. He is also well known for his exciting, contemporary hip-hop dance style. Since his arrival in the U.S. he has appeared with many prestigious African Dance companies such as Magbana, SankofaKuumba, and Bamidele. Yalani teaches African dance classes and workshops at many events and locations throughout the U.S. including the Guinea Fanyi Conference, Oakland, CA, The Dinizulu Center of African Culture and Research, NYC, residencies at Buxton School, Williamstown, MA and at the Ifetayo Cultural Arts Center, NYC. Yalani was a member of the award-winning West African dance and drum company Les Merveilles de Guinea under the direction of Mr. Kemoko Sano, former choreographer for the legendary Les Ballets Africains of the Republic of Guinea. Yalany has toured France, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast and Senegal and has performed at Orlando�s Disney World with Les Merveilles. He has been a member of Feraba since 1998. Yalani teaches open classes at Alvin Ailey, NYC.


Kadiatou Kante


"F�raba has claimed quite a bit of attention for its singular choreographies and world sounds."

Ted Killmer
Emerging Arts

F�raba delights the audiences with their impulsive and highly innovative dances."

Buster Brown, Tap Dancer


Kadiatou Kante was born in the village of Siguiri, Guinea,West Africa. Encouraged by her parents to develop her artistic talents her love of dance became her chosen path in life. At age 7 Kadiatou began her formal training under the tutelage of Master Artist Kemoko Sano, the Director of the world class performance ensemble, Les Ballets Africains. Kadiatou's talent, enthusiasm and dedication landed her positions in some of Guinea's most notable West African performance companies, including Les Merveilles, The National Circus of Guinea, Soleil d'Afrique, and Ballet Fareta. Kadiatou spent several years touring throughout Africa with the various ensembles in which she participated. She came to the United States with Les Merveilles in 1999 to perform at Disney World. Today Kadiatou continues to teach dance and perform throughout the United States. Kadiatou currently resides in New York City where she teaches dance, conducts workshops and performs.


Mangue Sylla




"F�raba's performance was absolutely terrific. The audience enjoyed it immensely. I am requesting a return visit from this fantastic ensemble."
Shina Goldstein
Administrator NY Psychotherapy and Counseling Center



Mangue Sylla was born in Conakry, Guinea West Africa where he started playing music at the age of 7. In addition to playing Djembe, Sangba and Doundoun are his main instruments. Mangue�s expertise led him to join the well-known ballet troupe: "Les Merveilles de Guinee�. This provided him the opportunity to travel throughout Africa and eventually move to New York City. Today, Mangue travels extensively in the US teaching and performing with numerous groups such as Drum Caf� and Wula drums, and is one of the most sought after Doundoun and Sangban players around. He joined Feraba in 2000.



Former Members:
Abou Sylla
Chikako Iwahori
Stefan Monssen
Aboubacar Kouyate
Pablo Dembele

Zumana Diarra
Fode Bangoura
Lynn Schwab
Sidiki Conde
Mamasta Camara


Guest Artists:
Max Pollak
Roxane Butterfly
Mouminatou Camara
Fara Tolno
Abdoulaye Diabate
Madou Dembele
Mamady Kouyate
Keba Bobo Cissoko
Famoro Dioubate
Rufus Cappadocia
Azouhouni Adou
Sogbeti Diomande
Balla Kouyate
Salif Malima Kone

Moko Camara
Kocasale Diabate

Chikako Iwahori and Lynn SchwabMax PollakStefan Monssen
Mamasta CamaraFode BangouraSidiki CondeMangue SyllaZumana Diarra




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