Manimou Camara & Denbaya   

A performance by Manimou's multi-ethnic dance and drum troup DENBAYA - begins by sharing with the audience the groups commitment to unity and compassion. "Wontanara - We are one!" saysManimou Camara, in his native Susu language.

The music quickly swells to an intensely pulsating rhythmic form of traditional African music that invites everyone to dance as DENBAYA captures the audience, with vibrant notes, and spectacular costumes.

The result is an exuburant and joyful combination of rhythms, soul-soaring dance, and melodic melodies that are inherent to Susu, Malinke, Baga and K'pele cultures. This performance group invites the audience to make this incredible music and dance their own and really enjoy themselves!

Manimou Camara
Manimou Camara

Manimou Camara & Denbaya are guarenteed to draw a crowd with the high energy music and dance of Guinea.

Our engaging performances introduce students to the instruments, the music and the traditions behind of the dance/music, as well as interactive "show-and-go" dance demonstrations. The kids will be talking about it for the rest of the year!

Liven up your wedding, birthday or corporate event with African music and dance! We can offer an intimate ensemble, our full orchestra with dancers, or even a mini dance or drum class.

Festivals & Concerts
  Manimou Camara  
  Founder’s Notes 


Denbaya means family in Susu, one of my primary languages. We are more than just a group of people who get together to make music and dance; we are a family. 


Our goal is to spread appreciation for Guinean performing arts all over the Western United States and beyond. 

Oregon Country Fair!

Denbaya was thrilled to participate as performer on several stages at Oregon Country Fair in 2015 and 2017. 

We look forward to sharing with everyone at OFC in the future!