Alpha Oulare was born in Faranah from an original Mandingo family in Guinea Conakry and comes from the generation of the seventies. He started playing drum at the age of 5. He describes himself: "I saw the Djembé in a dream after I had left a cultural place where I had met Ma Siré Camara. I was 10 years old and I said to him that I love the music, then he told, come with me", " I studied with him for 5 years and soon became a member of his ballet. Afterwards I joined the group Kounkouré Bamba. At first, I accompanied and later became a solo Djembé player..." "I then met Famoudou Konaté and Mamady Keita. We also played with Faduba Oulare and his Ensemble in numerous traditional festivals all over Guinea." "The Djembé will make you suffer, but it can show you the way to obtain knowledge of nature... To learn the Djembé I suffered a lot, but today I thank God, because of the Djembé I am well known in Africa and Europe." "You have to always play the Djembé to get a new spirit" "When I am asleep, the Djembé is in my dreams, Djembé playing the is in my blood, I will keep on playing 'till the end of my life." Presenting the group SUGÉ Berlin 2000 at the beginning of the new millenium Alpha Oulare had the idea to form the group SUGÉ, his idea was to form a group that could express the traditional music of Guinea, with songs from the mandingo and sousou traditions. Sugé is a tree which you can find all over Guinea. It is also known as the tree of life, It has a fruit which is popular in Guinea because it gives a lot of power. This is why Sugé represents the positive influence that comes out of nature. Sugé, is also the name of an old Guinean song expressing the necessity of protection against negative things that happen in life, like today in this century: racism, violence, war, illness...! Sugé, is the new generation of Guineans who expresses the tradional mandingo, sousou and Griot music mixed with their own new style.

Alpha Oulare est né à Faranah, d'un famille Malinke de Guinée Conakry. Dès l'age de 5 ans, il a commencé à jouer au petit tambour. Il se raconte:"J'ai vu le Djembé dans mes rêves, après être sorti d'une salle de culture où j'avais connu Ma Siré Camara. J'avais 10 ans et je lui ai dit que j'aimait la musique, après il m'a dit, vient avec moi", "peu après je suis devenu membre de son ballet et j'ai étudié chez lui pendant 5 ans. Après je suis entré dans le Ballet Kounkouré Bamba. Au début, j'ai accompagné et après je suis devenu soliste..." "Plus tard j'ai fait la connaissance de Famoudou Konaté et Mamady Keita, avec Faduba Oulare et son Ensemble on a joué à l'occasion de beaucoup de fêtes traditionnelles, dans toute la Guinée." "Le Djembé, il va te faire souffrir, mais il peut te donner la voie de mieux connaître la nature... Apprendre le Djembé m'a fait souffrir beaucoup, mais aujourd'hui je remercie Dieu, parce que c'est par le Djembé que je suis devenu connu en Afrique et en Europe." "Il faut jouer au Djembé tous les jours pour avoir un nouvel esprit" "Quand je dors, le Djembé est dans mes rêves, dans mon sang, je ne peux pas y renoncer jusqu'à la fin de ma vie."



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