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Kikeyambay African Storytelling Drumming and Dancing

Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Victoria
Languages: English, French

Kikeyambay West African drum and dance troupe is fronted by master musician Alseny Michel Diallo from Guinea, West Africa, accompanied by N’Nato Camara and Ilana Moon. Formed in 2007, this 12-piece troupe brings you tight percussion rhythms, educational cultural stories, dazzling dance pieces and interactive engaging theatrics. Come experience explosive traditional rhythm, song, dance and traditional storytelling of Guinea. They will dazzle you and astound you with their masterful movements and colorful costumes. From the many options of theatrical traditional Guinean stories offered mimicked through dance and music, to the audience participation and invitation to dance and revel in the African way of life, Kikeyambay will sure to bring an element of excitement and joy to any occasion! Take a journey to learn about Guinea West Africa and enjoy the many gifts Africa has to offer.


Performances & Workshops

Life in the Village

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 - 60 mins.
Capacity: 500+ students
Tech Requirements: Sound system
Fee Range: $740 - $940 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$900.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$900.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$700.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$700.00
Vancouver Island North
$800.00
Interior
$900.00
North
$1,000.00
Kootenays
$1,000.00

Kikeyambay will take you on a journey before cell phones, below computers and libraries where the culture is taught through the oral historian the griot. The tribe gathers to plant food, sing, dance and celebrate the passing of the seasons. An educational tale of life in the village. An interactive story involving the whole community including the audience, the students and the teachers. Everyone in the village participates.

Workshop in Guinean Drum and Dance

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: Half day to full day (30-60 minutes per group) or if a school desires a show to work towards, week intensive programs are available where students work on different pieces to showcase
Capacity: 50 max per group
Tech Requirements: Chairs for all participants, microphone and stand where available
Fee Range: $745-$945 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$850.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$850.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$700.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$700.00
Vancouver Island North
$800.00
Interior
$900.00
North
$900.00
Kootenays
$900.00

Enjoy the opportunity to dive deeper into the infectious rhythms , songs, and dances of Guinea. Master djembe player Alseny Michel Diallo invites you to learn some of his traditional drum and song pieces. Learn the meaning, the breaks, multiple parts and a solo part. If time permits, two rhythms will be taught. We welcome students to learn some simple dance moves that go along with the rhythms with long time teacher Ilana Moon. Alseny also demonstrates some of the other traditional instruments and gives a chance for students to ask questions, and to understand some of the deeper meanings behind the music.

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