Languages: English, French, African Dialects
Fana Soro is a West African musician from the Ivory Coast. His experience as a primary performer with the Ballet National of Ivory Coast is what gave him the opportunity to share his culture with audiences across the world. His expertise include traditional West African dance, percussions and a traditional Senoufo instrument called the Balafon. The Senoufo village where Fana was raised places a great importance on passing traditions on to younger generations. Since his arrival in Canada, Fana has educated and inspired thousands of students through exciting West African music and dance.
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
Not Availible until 2019-2020 School Year
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: 50 students per session
Tech Requirements: must have use of workshop space for full day
Fee Range: $745 - $1,045 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
This workshop offers a flexible structure which can be tailored to your needs (all dance, all music, or a combination of the two to give your students a taste of everything.) As a master percussionist, Fana will introduce traditional playing techniques of the djembé, West Africa's most popular drum, as well as other hand-held percussion instruments. He will share call and response in various languages native to northern Ivory Coast. Must be purchased as 2 consecutive workshops + a performance, or one full day of four workshops.
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Tech Requirements: 1 microphone, 9 chairs
Fee Range: $745 - $895 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
"Yamo! Yamo!" ("Hello! How are you doing!" in Baoulé) from the charismatic ambassador of West African culture! In this dynamic and interactive performance, Fana Soro, a hereditary master musician of the Senoufo people, shares the musical traditions of his home country to showcase the soaring melodies, driving rhythms and spirited dances of ancient West African performing arts.