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My Guinea Experience....My trip with Dounia Djembe to Guinea was all I expected. Experience Africa with Dounia Djembe formed memories that I cherish every day. Our hosts, Manimou and Jessica were very attentive to all our needs and beyond. Be ready for an experience of a lifetime.... Don't hesitate, just go for it... It will give you a new take on life and you'll come back a changed individual.
My experience in Africa was the best experience possible because of who Manimou is; his character, his personality, he is a high quality person. His connections in the community and his integrity facilitate the experience. The dance was phenomenal; all the teachers were extremely helpful and communicative. All the people associated with Manimou and Ballet Saamato are extremely reputable, they have an ancient connection with high quality, soul-level music and dance.
The first time I went to Guinea I was with Manimou, it was very eye opening. It was an opportunity to understand the life of artists living in Conakry, it was very personal, it meant alot to me on many levels. Admire their work and it motivates me to study harder and be stronger than I knew I could be. It has deepened my involvement as well, I have started doing several projects to give back. Manimou organized my second trip and I look forward to my third trip with him and Jessica in 2015!
Manimou has always been more than just a teacher and more than just a friend to me. has given so much more than it would be possible for me to return. When I decided to travel to Guinee to study the djembe, his involvement was far beyond the three weeks that I was with him. It is the value of the relationships that he has developed with artists and people which made navigating the landscape so fun, exciting and real.
I highly recommend going to Guinea, West Africa with Manimou and his Experience Africa team. They are real people who see you for who you are and who look beyond culture, money, and color of skin. They truly just want you to have a good time while you are a guest in their home land. Their high energy and enthusiasm strongly shows throughout the entirity of their lessons. They honestly are the best and so much FUN! They definitely made my Guinea drumming and dance experience one I will remember.
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