Languages: English, French, African Dialects
Fana Soro is a West African performer and educator whose musical expertise includes the balafon and percussion as well as traditional West African dance. Fana, a former principal performer with the Ballet National de Côte d'Ivoire for nine years, is no stranger to the Canadian classroom. Since he arrived in this country many years ago, he has been bringing his African magic to thousands of students across the country.
An artist with integrity, vision, and immense talent, Fana has been a positive influence on hundreds of Vancouver students and educators and I give him my highest recommendation. Valerie Dare, Director, Oceanside Community Arts Council
Fana Soro and Masabo have been members of the MASC roster since 2010. During this time Fana and his team of artists have thrilled audiences with their dynamic performance of West African music, drumming, stories and dance. They are a most conscientious group of artists who offer their art form with enthusiasm and creativity, to audiences from Kindergarten to Grade 12, in both English and French. As an individual artist, Fana Soro also offers workshops in West African Drumming and Dance to students and teachers. Wendy Hartley, Director, MASC
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: 30 - 50 students per 45 mins. session
Tech Requirements: must have use of workshop space for full day
Fee Range: $685 - $1,235 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
While learning performance techniques, students discover the social and cultural significance of West African instruments and music. Through interactions with individuals of diverse cultures and ethnic origins, Fana believes that students build their understanding and appreciation for art and culture. Study guides are available in English and French.