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The Kissidugu Foundation is proud to present Camp Merveilles, first started in 2003 in Colorado.  Named after Les Merveilles, the preeminent Drum and Dance Company from Guinea, the camps are hosted by Gabriel Fara Tolno, in tribute to his mentor, thekemoko companies legendary Director, Kemoko Sano. Camp Merveilles brings world class artisans from all around the African Diaspora to share their cultural arts and heritage. With classes for all ages and abilities, this is an opportunity to study, connect, and celebrate through music, dance, and dialogue.


Conference2015_v20Merveilles Utah

April 7th, 8th & 9th, 2017

This year Merveilles Utah brings together top notch talent bringing you an incredible weekend of cultural immersion in dance and music.  This is an event you don’t want to miss!Please join us!  More information soon.  CLICK HERE FOR UTAH PAGE.

CAMP-MERVEILLES-FLAGMerveilles Flagstaff

JULY 25-31st, 2017

Flagstaff, Arizona has become the new home of the annual Camp Merveilles Colorado conference.  It is a “camp” experience set in a beautiful location featuring an incredible line up of Artists from across the African Diaspora.  Save the time of year and join us in the beautiful mountains of Flagstaff!!!

We can’t wait to see you in Arizona!



Merveilles Hawaii

November 1st-5th, 2017


Kissidugu Foundation and Lavaroots Performing Arts present the fifth annual Merveilles Hawai’i. Featuring 8 West African Artists: Gabriel Fara Tolno, Youssouf Koumbassa, Marietou Camara, Naby Bangoura, Fode Bangoura, Lamine Bangoura and Sekou Camara.  As well as Hawaiian Hula with local Kumu’s Hope Keawe and Leia Lawrence and daily morning Yoga with Big Island favorites!  Join us for an amazing 5 days at our incredible location:  The The Grace Center at The Iole Institute.


Camp Merveilles is the longest on-going program operating IMG_5364under the current non-profit of the Kissidugu Foundation. If you would like to support these programs to continue the sharing of the cultural arts of Guinea in the United States please donate online below or send a check or money order to “Camp Merveilles” P.O. Box 20894 Boulder, CO 80308. All donations are greatly appreciated! You can also donate to support the creation of The Kissidugu School of Dance, Music & Education in Guinea, West Africa. Please click HERE for more information. Inuwali!! (Thank you)

For all questions and inquiries or further information please contact: [email protected]

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