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The passing of a master: Fadouba Oulare 1935 - 2010
One of the world’s great djembe players, Fadouba Oulare, of Guinea, West Africa, passed away this month. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Fadouba’s family; this influential and charismatic performer and musician will be missed by many.
Fadouba Oulare was the first djembe player from Guinea to be recognized throughout the world. A founding member of and first djembefola for Guinea’s national drum and dance group, Les Ballets Africains, Fadouba performed worldwide for more than 20 years. As a cultural historian, his teaching has influenced countless students, and his work in preserving the traditional music of Guinea is immeasurable.
He is survived by 3 wives and 34 children.