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KUNDA African Culture Music & Dance

Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Sunshine Coast
Languages: English, French, African Dialects

KUNDA, meaning "family", fronted by Kocassale Dioubate, a Mandingo-tribe griot (descendant of a long line of traditional singers, musicians and keepers of tribal history) from Guinea, West Africa, is driven to share their vibrant heritage through music and dance, promoting respect and awareness of ethnic diversity, and encouraging people of all backgrounds to unify in peace and harmony, as one world, one love and one people... one family. KUNDA is no stranger to schools, and has performed and facilitated workshops in hundreds of schools throughout BC and beyond.


Reviews

Thank you for an outstanding performance... I couldn't stop my feet and hands. I loved your stage presence, enthusiasm and most of all, your professionalism. Kunda is the best African performance of music, dance and sheer magic... You rock!!! Lynley Lewis, Event Coordinator
In every performance [Koca] has the audience clapping, singing and dancing to his djembe - he gets not only the students involved, but the teachers as well! Always in costume, always a unique bringer of the music and history of his people, Koca is the "whole package". Monica Hofer
Having worked with music students at both the elementary and high school, I understand the importance of an engaging performance. Sasha and Koca [Kunda] delivered such a performance with ease. The students (and parents, and staff) loved the passion and energy exuded by these artists. Jennifer MacInnes (Band Director, Madeira Park Elementary & Pender Harbour Secondary Schools)

Performances & Workshops

Kunda African Culture Music & Dance Performance

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 mins. + 5 - 10 mins. Q&A
Capacity: 500+
Tech Requirements: access to a couple of chairs, basic PA/sound where available
Fee Range: $825- $1045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$780.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$800.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$900.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$900.00
Vancouver Island North
$900.00
Interior
$1,000.00
North
$1,000.00
Kootenays
$1,000.00

KUNDA, meaning "family", fronted by Kocassale Dioubate, a Mandingo-tribe griot (descendant of a long line of traditional singers, musicians and keepers of tribal history) from Guinea, West Africa, is driven to share their vibrant heritage through music & dance, promoting respect & awareness of ethnic diversity, and encouraging people of all backgrounds to unify in peace & harmony, as one world, one love, one people.. one family. A vibrant and colourful presentation of artistic culture, music & dance from various regions of Africa, KUNDA showcases authentic handmade instruments, exotic costumes, explosive percussion, high-energy dances, joyful melodies, soothing instrumental pieces & vocals. Diverse & interactive, involving the audience through call-and-response song, dance & clapping, KUNDA's show is equally entertaining & educational, giving an insightful taste of African culture, while inviting the audience to break boundaries & participate in the universal languages of music & dance

Kunda African Culture Music & Dance Workshops

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: Half-day to Full-day (20 - 45 mins. per group)
Capacity: Max 50 (including staff/helpers) per group
Tech Requirements: Chairs for all participating students; microphone & stand where available
Fee Range: $745 - $945 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$700.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$750.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$820.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$820.00
Vancouver Island North
$820.00
Interior
$860.00
North
$900.00
Kootenays
$860.00

KUNDA, meaning "family", fronted by Kocassale Dioubate, a Mandingo-tribe griot (descendant of a long line of traditional singers, musicians and keepers of tribal history) from Guinea, West Africa, is driven to share their vibrant heritage through music and dance, promoting respect and awareness of ethnic diversity, and encouraging people of all backgrounds to unify in peace and harmony, as one world, one love and one people... one family. These fun and interactive workshops allow students the chance to experiment with percussion instruments and dance movements while learning about their historical and cultural context. Through call-and-response songs, and repeat-after-me exercises, participants will learn language and vocabulary in Koca's African dialects, while also touching on subjects such as demography and geography. The main objective of these workshops is to unite participants through fun team-building activities and the universal language of music.

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