Amara Camara | Look at It

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Look at It

by Amara Camara

Amara Camara honors the great teacher and mentor - the late Kemoko Sano - with this album of powerful West African traditional music from Guinea.
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1. Sano Amara Camara
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2. Nantoma Amara Camara
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3. N'gasire Amara Camara
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4. Forokoba Amara Camara
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5. N'bé-cila Niné Amara Camara
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6. Konkoba Amara Camara
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7. N'gri Amara Camara
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8. Dara Amara Camara
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9. Toré Ismael Damba
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10. Horonou Amara Camara
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Amara Camara of Conakry, Guinea, West Africa plays the djembe and other West African traditional instruments with joy, power and energy. He has studied under some of Guinea’s most notable master artists including Moussa Sylla, Fode Yola and the late Mohamed Kemoko Sano.

This CD is dedicated to Mohamed Kemoko Sano, the revered teacher and mentor who inspired Amara and many young Guineans to reach their full potential as performing artists. Sadly, Papa Sano passed away in July 2006 in Conakry, Guinea while Look at It was being recorded in that city. Amara assembled an ensemble of incredibly talented musicians to create this vibrant and moving CD to honor a great man.

Amara has performed with Les Merveilles de Guinee, Les Ballets Africains, and other world renowned companies. Audiences in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and throughout the United States have enjoyed his performances. An extraordinary teacher who is an ambassador of the spirit of his country, Amara has generously and enthusiastically shared the music and culture of Guinea wherever he performs or teaches.


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This CD features some great musicians from Guinea and the arrangements are very nice. However, the production is what loses points here. The mix is not balanced (dunun faint and vocals a bit muddy with frequent clipping on some tracks). Also very important in the genre of West African percussion based music is some notes about the rhythms and songs. There are no such notes with the CD. Even if they were trying to cut production costs they could have at least posted this information here or on the artists's website.