started rehearsing as Sextet Camayenne
in the Camayenne Hotel in Conakry.
Soon renamed in Camayenne Sofa, the 14-piece band was composed of young students and musicians, founding members
were Papa Kouyaté
, Jean-Baptiste Williams
, Riad Chaloub
et Justin Morel Junior
They rapidly were successful with songs about
youth, love, education, African unity and against violence.
The band turned out to be unstable. From the original members, Bossély Keita
, Mamadou Camara "M.C."
and Salia Camara
left for Kaloum Star
. Drummer Papa Kouyaté
left for Miriam Makeba
's Quintet Guinéen, and singer Ange Miguel
Only Jean-Baptiste Williams
remained, changing to solo guitar. François Koïvogui
(on bass) became
and Pierre Koïvogui
drummer. The singers were Mamady Kala Camara
Youssouf Bâ 'Youyou'
(b. 1954, † 12 July 2015) and Zézé Guilavogui
Camayenne Sofa was successful in the mid-1970s, especially with
their icon song « Were Were »
, sometimes referred to as the Guinean
« Guantanamera »
. Over the years several albums were
recorded. The band is no longer active.