Languages: English, French
Originally from Cameroon, Jacky Essombe grew up in Paris and now lives in Vancouver. She has toured in Canada, the United States and Europe with major recording artists and has appeared on television and radio in Canada and France. She loves to share the traditions, history and culture of Africa, and the wisdom of her ancestors, and she truly believes that the Western world can benefit from the ancient wisdom of Indigenous people.
We absolutely LOVED the performance. Jacky and her musicians were extremely entertaining and responded to and interacted with the students extremely well. Michael A. Kostek Elementary, Edmonton, AB
Jacky and Yoro were fantastic. Our school loved the performance and energy they brought. We look forward to having them again. Pinewood Elementary, Prince George
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 600 students
Tech Requirements: hand-held wireless mic if available
Fee Range: $810 - $930 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Well-known Cameroonian singer, dancer and musician Jacky Essombe is fond of saying, "If you can talk, you can sing!" Singing Africa is a participatory show that will turn your entire student body into a huge, rhythmic choir.
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: 300 - 500 students
Fee Range: $960 - $1,710 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Travel to the depths of Africa with professional dancer Jacky Essombe in this day-long workshop. Accompanied by a live drummer, Jacky celebrates the richness and community spirit of African culture using easy-to-follow African dance steps, traditional songs and storytelling. This social, stimulating and bonding shared experience allows students to interact in a playful and focused way, building important developmental skills and a love for creativity. Available in English, French and bilingual.