Master Drummer, Dancer and Lead Faciltator
Fara Tolno was born in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. He spent his youth in the village of Kissidugu and Guinea’s capital city, Conakry. Playing djembe since the age of nine, he has traveled extensively performing and teaching both drumming and dance. Fara spent nine years as the lead drummer for Les Merveilles de Guinea (The Wonders of Guinea) under the tutelage of West Africa’s most influential director and choreographer, Kemoko Sano.
Fara has performed with many of the world’s premier musicians including Mamady Keita, Burning Spear, Neil Young, Sekouba Bambino, Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita Habibe Koite, Oumou Sangare…
Currently Fara is focusing his energy locally by developing Project Drum and Kissidugu, an explosive West African percussion and dance troupe. He is also pursuing an MFA in Dance at CU Boulder and has recently become the father of his new son Fyah
Fara’s performance style has been described as mystical as he dazzles audiences around the world. Now as the director of Kissidugu he has taken his depth of knowledge to the realm of musical arrangement and choreography.
Fara has a magical way of teaching everything from the basics to the beautiful intricacies of West African percussion to Western players of all levels and ages. His energetic and compassionate teaching style make him one of the most sought after drum and dance instructors in the United States.