The best way to fight cabin fever is to embrace the cold and venture forth in search of entertainment. The place you want to be on Sunday, January 26, 2014 is the Quiet Reading Room in the Main Library First Floor at 4400 Forbes Avenue. I am a big proponent for all our local libraries and love to promote the wide scope of events they offer. They are known for digging up the best talent in Pittsburgh and offering it to the public free of charge. If you show up between 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM you can catch a performance of a unique African arrangement.
In December of 2007 Yamoussa Camara formed Camara Drum & Dance to perform the music and dance of Guinea and West Africa. He includes unique and exciting arrangements of West African music punctuated by original choreography and authentic costumes made for the group in Guinea. Camara was born in the village of Boke, Guinea, West Africa in 1966 and took to his drum at an early age. In 1995 he immigrated to the United States. He taught drum and dance at Yale University for 10 years then traveled the U.S. teaching, performing, choreographing and polishing presentations for various dance ensembles. We are indeed fortunate that he has decided to call our region home and join the huge base of talent our city holds.
Yamoussa Camara currently resides in Pittsburgh and teaches West African dance at Carnegie Mellon University, the African Drum Ensemble at the University of Pittsburgh and West African drumming at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. This is a busy guy with lots of positive energy you can absorb from every performance. Hey, maybe you even want to take a class. He teaches drum and dance workshops for children and adults. This Renaissance man can be contacted for private classes or performances as well. What better way to warm up on a cold winter night. You can reach him at 412-403-7502 or check out his website http://www.camaradrumanddance.com.