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. 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
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: $745 - $1,245 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
While learning performance techniques, students discover the continent of Africa through the social and cultural meanings 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 both English and French.