Written by: Famoudou Konate and Thomas Ott Famoudou Konate was born in 1940 near Kouroussa (Guina, West Africa). His exceptional rhythmic talent appeared at a very early age. In 1959 Guinea took the best musicians and dancers in the country to form the ‘Ballets Africains of Guinea’. Famoudou Konate was chosen to be the lead drummer. a position that he occupied for 26 years. Since 1987 he has gone to Germany every year to give concerts and workshops to an ever growing audience. In 1996 he became honorary professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Dr. Thomas Ott, born in 1945, is professor for music pedagogy at the University of Cologne, Germany.