Ryan Mehlmauer Camara

Ryan M. Camara is an award-winning percussionist and educator. He received formal training in ethnomusicology as a student at UCLA and under went a traditional West African apprenticeship to Master Drummer M. Lamine Dibo Camara in Guinea, West Africa where he has lived part time and studied since 1996. Ryan has been adopted into the Camara family of the Susu ethnic group and has performed with many of Africa's most famous artists including members of Les Ballets Africains, The National Ballet Djoliba, Ballet Matam, Prince Diabate, Mouminatou Camara, Boka Camara and Yamoussa Soumah in tours and appearances around the world.

Ryan has numerous recordings to his credit including, Fore-Fote's acclaimed,Wonbere, a variety of instructional CD's and is co-author of West African Drum and Dance: A Yankadi-Macrou Celebration from Alfred Music Publishing. Ryan conducts workshops and lecture/demonstrations for major Universities, Jr. High and elementary schools, Percussive Arts Society Conferences, Music Educator Conferences and intensive workshops and retreats around the world. Ryan is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University, Artist in Residence for the Arts Council of Southern Oregon and the Artistic Director of the non-profit cultural performance organization, Denbaya, Inc.