NIMBAYA!, an all-female Guinean percussion troupe, shares a new interpretation of traditional African drumming and dance with its worldwide audience. The lively music of the group impressed several critics during its tours. NIMBAYA! also breaks taboos, does community outreach, and tries to promote peace and understanding through the arts.
In the late 1950s and the 1960s, Guinea became the centre for African drum and dance, and several troupes were formed. Les Ballets Africains, founded in 1952, was the first Guinean international dance company. This troupe provided inspiration to others to found their own companies. Several celebrities, including Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte, visited Guinea, because they wanted to be a part of the thriving musical scene.