Aboubacar ‘Abou’ Sylla. Renowned West African music/dance performer, teacher, and traditional instrument builder. Performer for 20+ years, teaching West African drum/dance culture globally, including present-day. Born into a family of traditional musicians in Guinea, West Africa, Abou began his study of the djembe and balafon as a child. He lived, studied and performed with his balafon teacher until moving to Conakry (Guinea’s capital) to perform with his family, as well as other musicians. Abou joined Guinea’s national dance company, Les Ballets Africains, and performed there for six years, playing five traditional instruments (balafon, djembe, krin, doundoun and bote). Abou is a Master Folk Artist for Texas Folklife’s Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program.