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Sabouyouma is a high energy 7-piece poly rhythmic groove machine that formed through ongoing musical relationships in Burlington, Vermont’s vibrant West-African dance and drumming scene. Sabouyouma is led by Guinean-born Ousmane Camara: the band’s front man, composer, and master Balafonist (the Balafon is a West-African marimba).
The balafon is a west African take on a xylophone made of wood. In many of their songs, Ousmane effortlessly strikes the 20-plus keys of the balafon all the while singing in a Guinean dialect. The band combines traditional West African dance music with contemporary funk and reggae.