Adama Doumbouya is a Master Drummer from Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa. Born in Abidjan, Adama grew up in Kankan village in Guinea, where he was taught to make and play Djembe in the traditional style of the Mandinka people from his Father.
At the age of 15, he became a member of the Ivory Coast National Ballet, in Abidjan, where he studied, taught and performed traditional West African rhythms, dances and percussion for 8 years: including djembe, dundun, stilt dancing and theatre. During this time, he began to tour West Africa including Guinea, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal.
For the last 12 years, Adama has toured internationally as the lead Djembe player of the Mother Africa Circus, and more recently in the Australian company, Cirque Africa. He has performed throughout Europe, Middle East, South Pacific, United Kingdom and Australia, and is now settled in Brisbane.
Adama now performs locally with different groups across Brisbane, Gold and Sunshine Coast.
“Working with Adama is always a joy. He entrances the audience with his show and charisma…with his modest demeanor, you would never guess his knowledge in Ancient West African rhythms, dances and stories…. he is a very valuable man to have in Australia, sharing his passion for his country’s music….. we are honored to work alongside this incredible talent on a regular basis and regional Queensland is blessed to have access to such an authentic source of knowledge.” Nathaniel Combs – Rhythm Culture