M’bemba’s Africa Trip provides students the opportunity to study, observe, and immerse themselves in the culture of Guinea, West Africa. Through the teachings of Master Drummer M'Bemba Bangoura, students receive daily drum and dance classes, attend performances, rehearsals, celebrations, and take excursions to beaches, islands and villages.
This year, M’Bemba will teach most classes along with a select guest artists. Classes consist of 2 drum and 2 dance classes, daily (Monday-Friday, unless there is a special event). Classes will be divided by level, if needed, to help assure that students receive the best learning possible. Dance classes will include 1 Dundun Dance and 1 traditional dance class per lesson day.
This year, M'Bemba will throw a Festive New Year’s Party, with plenty of Food/Drink, Music, dancing and fun. Then on January 1st, Wula is hosting a Special New Years Festival, including a variety of performances. And there will be a special awards ceremony to honor the entire Wula Drum work staff, and their families.
In addition to the classes, there is much more to do and see!
Students will see rehearsals, performances and Dundunba celebrations. Trips to the big markets are always an adventure, plus M’bemba takes everyone to a very interesting Museum tour in Conakry. For those who want, we welcome everyone to the Wula Drum Production Center to see how the drums are made and if you like, even design your very own custom built djembe.
On the days off from classes, we take the group the Island of Roume: the beach, swimming, relaxing, taking it all in. We also take a side trip, to the Village of Kindia, a few hours up into the mountains. Here we can visit a Waterfall, Indigo markets, and hopefully see some mask dances. Also, part of this trip includes an outing to The Wula Drum Reforestation Program to see where we are growing fruits and planting trees.
Going to Guinea is a most memorable, life changing trip!
Pay in Full or 2 payments (Second payment is due Dec 15th).
Includes all housing, classes, meals, airport pick up and drop off, and side trips.
If you want to stay longer, you can make arrangements with M'Bemba!
Does NOT include airfare to and from Guinea.
Please note: Tickets to the trip are NON refundable. Students will stay in a nice house, and the payments goes to Guinea to prepare everything for the students arrival.
The food is a variety of delicious sauces with fish, chicken, rice, salads, and fresh breads. Bottled water will be served with every meal. Vegetarian options available. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or requirements.
You will need to book your ticket to Conakry, the capital city of Guinea. Please arrive between December 27-29th, we will arrange to pick you up at the airport. Once you book your ticket, please let us know your flight information and all details of times and contact information.
Please make sure you get your visa as soon as possible. Visit here for details: https://www.paf.gov.gn/visa
A Yellow Fever shot is required. Please refer to Travel.State.Gov. (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Guinea.html) and the CDC (www.CDC.gov) for information about travel, safety and health when traveling to Guinea. Although not mandatory, we strongly suggest taking a malaria preventative medicine. Please discuss which one is best with your doctor as well as other vaccines.