Sylla Music

ABOUBACAR SYLLA | Master Percussionist | Austin, Texas
West African Music, Drum and Dance

Sylla Music provides West African dance and drum performances and interactive and fun music, drum and dance workshops for adults and children of all skill levels in a variety of settings, from universities and schools to festivals to private events.

Austin to Africa - OCT 20, 2019

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WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 2019, 4-10 p.m.
WHERE: The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Road, Austin, TX 78721

PERFORMANCES BY:  

Join us for the 2019 Austin to Africa Benefit Performance for Guinea at the Sahara Lounge on the east side in Austin, Texas - an evening of music, dance, and percussion benefiting villages in Guinea, West Africa. Enjoy music ranging from reggae to African to electronic to Brazilian and more.

Lots of free parking. Family-friendly.

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/2419333275001139/

ONLINE DONATIONS: https://www.gofundme.com/f/austin-to-africa-benefit-performance

INSTAGRAM: Follow @syllamusic and @bramayamusic for updates.


photos and video

See a bit of life in Guinea in this video by Deano Cote of Fort Never, one of the bands in the 2019 lineup.

Scroll down to learn more about Guinea and the results of past benefit performances.


GUINEA

Guinea is located on the Atlantic Coast of West Africa and is bordered by Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone.   

The people of Guinea have an indomitable spirit that is embodied in their vibrant musical traditions.  

In addition to its diverse people and heritage, Guinea has tremendous natural resources (including diamonds, gold, iron ore and what is estimated at half the world’s reserves of bauxite - the primary source of aluminum). Unfortunately, poor governance and political unrest have kept mining revenues from benefiting the country’s people.  

As a result of these ongoing issues, Guinea has very little infrastructure – access to potable water and electricity is limited, and the vast majority of the population has little or no access to education or healthcare. 

U.S. Guinea
Life Expectancy 79.5 years 60.6 years
Gross National Income (GNI) per capita $54,941 $2,067

The 2018 Statistical Update to the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI)* ranks Guinea at 175 out of 189 countries and UN recognized territories. (To give a bit of perspective - the United States is ranked 13, after Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Iceland, Hong Kong, Sweden, Singapore,the Netherlands, and others.)

*The HDI is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. 

For further details, visit: http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/GIN and http://hdr.undp.org/sites/all/themes/hdr_theme/country-notes/GIN.pdf.


PAST BENEFIT PERFORMANCEs - RESULTS

2018 BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - RESULTS

Rice and Cooking Oil**

  • 2,500 pounds of rice

  • 150 gallons of cooking oil


2016 BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - RESULTS

Bicycles and Rice**

  • 20 bicycles for well-to-household water transport***

  • 2,220 pounds of rice  


2014 BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - RESULTS

Bicycles, Rice, Sanitation, Vehicle Transport, and Critical Well Repairs**

  • 2 bicycles for well-to-household water transport***

  • 2,750 pounds of rice

  • 30 bottles of water purifier

  • Costs for shipping donated vehicle to Guinea. The donated vehicle was transported to Guinea and is used to disseminate goods provided through Austin to Africa benefits as well as other donated items such as clothing, shoes and household goods.

  • Repair of well pump


2013 BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - RESULTS

Bicycles and Critical Well Repairs** (See photos)

  • 20 bicycles for well-to-household water transport***

  • Critical village well repairs


2012 BENEFIT PERFORMANCE - RESULTS

Rice and Oil Delivery**

  • 3,300 pounds of rice

  • 78 gallons of cooking oil


**Each year, 100% of proceeds were used for the purchase of supplies (rice, oil, bicycles, water purifier, critical well repairs in the village, vehicle shipment) as well as rental and fuel costs associated with transporting them from Conakry, Guinea’s capital, to the villages.

*** Bicycles allow families to more easily transport water from the well to the household – a task typically performed on foot. The distance from well to household can be relatively lengthy, and any reduction in well-to-household time provides a significant benefit.


We are beginning the process of forming a non-profit that will serve to educate people about West African music and culture, and work to provide sustainable support and resources to people in need in Guinea.