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Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Victoria
Languages: English, French

Go on a journey with Kikeyambay through storytelling, costumes, music and dance to Guinea, West Africa. Kikeyambay Traditional Drum and Dance group is fronted by master musician Alseny Michel Diallo and joined by internationally acclaimed dancer N'Nato Camara. Every year new educational stories unfold, exploring the tales of traditional life in Africa told through interactive engaging theatrics, explosive traditional rhythms, dazzling dance pieces and community song.

Performances & Workshops


Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 - 60 mins.
Capacity: 500+ students
Fee Range: $730 - $930 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

Kikeyambay invites full audience participation as students get a chance to try the instruments and dance while going on a journey to Africa. Before internet and phones, learn how the traditions passed and the tribes communicated. Kikeyambay offers three performance story options: 1) The traditional story of show the griot (oral historian) came to be 2) Explore the origins of how the drum came to be in Africa and how the tales of the drum are the foundation of the culture 3) The traditional ways of gathering food

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