About us

three people smiling and a few drums in front of them
Namory and Liz with Namory’s uncle, Grand Djembefola Famoudou Konate in Sangbaralla, Guinea

Namory Keita was the lead drummer (djembefola) for his village of Sangbarala, Guinea before relocating to the United States. He teaches weekly classes at the Dance Hall in Kittery as well as in Portland, ME, and Cambridge, MA. He is an incredibly talented drummer and generous teacher who brings joy to all his students.

Liz Fowler has been dancing since she was a young girl. She has a BA in Dance Studies from Connecticut College and was first introduced to West African Dance as a student in 1991. Since then, she has studied with teachers from Mali and Guinea including Mohamed Kalifa Kamara, Mohamed Joh Camara, Sidiki Sylla, Abdoulaye Sylla, Papin Camara, and Youssouf Koumbassa. She has traveled to Guinea to study dance intensively five times and is looking forward to dancing there again soon. In the meantime, she is grateful for the opportunity to share this dance form and some about the culture of Guinea with people around the Seacoast.

Weekly classes with Namory and Liz are open to anyone, beginners or long-time students.  Outside of his weekly classes, Namory can be found collaborating with other artists from Guinea and even Ghana all around New England and more for performances and instruction.

More about Liz and Namory:

Summer 2018 story in Seacoastonline

Fall 2015 story in Pen Bay Pilot Namory teaching in midcoast

Spring 2015 interview with Namory from the Salt Institute

February 2015 article in The Sound, NH

January 2014 article in the Portsmouth Herald

January 2014 article in the University of New Hampshire Campus Journal

July 2007 article in the University of New Hampshire Campus Journal

December 2013 article in the Ledger Transcript

Liz, Namory, and the other dancers and drummers from Seacoast West African Dance and Drum, are available for your workshops, classes, performances, and residencies. Contact them for more information:

Telephone: (603)969-5264
Email: seacoastdanceanddrum@gmail.com

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