davidognomo wrote:but they had contact before, in the states, in guinea, as artists?
Mamady was long gone to europe before Bolo even left the village for Conakry....that's around 1996-ish. They met soon after since Bolo was now part of Percussions De Guinee and playing all over Conakry at that point doing folklore playing as well as the ensemble/ballet stuff.
Here in the US, i think they ran into each again when Bolo was in North Carolina and Mamady visited for a workshop...that was maybe 2004/5.
there's a picture on my FB of one of their meetings in Santa Cruz when Mamady taught a workshop and Bolokada was living in San Francisco at the time.
since then they've been in regular contact both here and in Guinea.
They will both be at Camp Fareta again this summer.