Masabo and Fana Soro

Visiting Artists.
Performances  (4 artists)   Available: February 1 - 1, 2021  
'Yamo! Yamo!' performance and workshops available throughout the year.

Fana Soro, the group leader of Masabo, is a hereditary master of the balafon, West Africa's big wooden xylophone. Fana hails from the Senoufo tribe in northern Cote d'Ivoire and spent 9 years as a member of the prestigious Ballet National de Cote d'Ivoire touring England, Holland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Martinique and West Africa. In 1990, he moved to Norway to perform throughout the Norwegian educational system and work as Artist in Residence at the International Children's Museum in Oslo. From there, Fana continued to tour throughout Northern Europe with the celebrated West African group, Super Djembé Kan. In 1997, Fana moved to Vancouver and formed Masabo, a performance group specializing in traditional West African music, dance and story. Fana and his family have made their home in Ottawa since 2010.

Curriculum Links

African culture, dance, geography, language, movement, music, rhythm, storytelling, teamwork and community building.


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French Immersion

School Performance: Celebrate Africa! 4 artists

Residency Performance English French Immersion

Performance available: February 1 - 5, 2021. Feel the energy when Masabo hits the stage! These hereditary West African master musicians and dancers fill the air with soaring melodies and driving rhythms as the ancient arts of West Africa are brought to life. This performance is a feast of traditional songs, stories, dance and stunning musicianship.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
300
Discipline:
Dance, Music
Time and Price:
In person only
One performance: 1 hour (incl. Q & A) $900 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day
$1,460 + HST
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School Performance: Masa-Senekela, the cultivating King 4 artists

Residency Performance English French Immersion

Available: February 1 - 5, 202- Students will take a journey to West Africa and hear the story of Masa-Senekela, a farmer-king who is worried about the future of his people. Masa-Senekela creates dances, songs and music to encourage the new generation to start working towards a brighter future.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maximum:
300
Discipline:
Dance, Music, Drama
Time and Price:
In person only
One performance: 1 hour (incl. Q & A) $900 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day
$1,460 + HST
Request a Booking

School Performance: Yamo! Yamo!

Residency Performance English French Immersion

Available year round (1 artist)
Yamo! Yamo! "Yamo! Yamo!" means" Hello! How are you?” in Baoulé, one of the 63 languages spoken in Côte d'Ivoire. Fana Soro, master musician and hereditary dancer of the Senoufo people, shares the ancestral arts of West Africa. The music features the balafon and the djembe, as well as various other traditional instruments.

Participants:
Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
300
Discipline:
Dance, Music
Time and Price:
In person only
One performance: 1 hour (incl Q&A) $500 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day: $900 + HST
Request a Booking

School Workshop: Drumming Workshops

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Available year round (1 artist)
Fana Soro introduces students to traditional rhythms and songs of the djembé, West Africa’s most popular drum. Students will gain a basic understanding of the drumming connected to the dances and songs of the Senoufo Culture.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
In person only
One hour session: $215 + HST
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $315 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $415 + HST

Three full day residency: includes performance by students $1,245 + HST
Each additional day $415 + HST
Request a Booking

School Workshop: Dance Workshops

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Available year round (1 artist)
Fana Soro, a professional West African dancer will teach students movements and the meanings behind the high-energy dances of Côte d’Ivoire. The students will also experience the joy of working together and performing for an audience!

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance, Music
Time and Price:
In person only
One hour session: $215 + HST
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $315 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $415 + HST

Three full day residency: includes performance by students
$1,245 + HST
Each additional day $415 + HST
Request a Booking

Senior Performance: Yamo! Yamo! (1 artist)

New Program Residency Performance English French French Immersion Seniors

"Yamo! Yamo! "means" Hello! How are you?” in Baoulé, one of the 63 languages spoken in Côte d'Ivoire. Fana Soro, master musician and hereditary dancer of the Senoufo people, shares the ancestral arts of West Africa. The music features the balafon, a traditional West African xylophone, the djembe, the most popular African hand drum, as well as various other traditional instruments.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
In person only:
(English/French) $360 plus HST

Request a Booking

Seniors Workshop: Drumming workshops

New Program Residency Workshop English Seniors

Fana Soro introduces participants to traditional rhythms and songs of the djembé, West Africa’s most popular drum. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the drumming connected to the dances and songs of the Senoufo Culture.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
In person only:
1 hour session $215 + HST
Request a Booking

Seniors Workshop: Dance workshops

New Program Residency Workshop English Seniors

Fana Soro, a professional West African dancer who has performed internationally, will teach participants movements and the meanings behind the high-energy dances of Côte d’Ivoire. The participants will also experience the joy of working together and performing for an audience!

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance, Music
Time and Price:
In person only:
1 hour session $215 + HST
Request a Booking