Masabo and Fana Soro

Visiting Artists.
Performances available: Feb 5 - 9 and 12 - 16 2018. 
Workshops available: Sept & Dec, 2017, Jan, March, April & June, 2018.

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.

Additional Information

Workshops can be extended into a week-long residency, culminating in a school performance by students.


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Celebrate Africa!

Residency Performance English French Immersion

Performance available: February 5 - 9 and February 12 - 16, 2018. Feel the explosion of energy when Masabo hits the stage! This dynamic ensemble of hereditary West African master musicians and dancers fills the air with soaring melodies and driving rhythms as the ancient arts of West Africa are brought to life. Led by renowned Fana Soro, the performance is a feast of traditional songs, stories, athletic dance and absolutely 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, General Public, Youth at Risk
Maximum:
300
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour (incl. Q & A) $765 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day $1365 + HST
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Masa-Senekela, the cultivating King 4 artists

New Program Residency Performance English French Immersion

Students will take a journey to West Africa and hear the story of Masa-Senekela, a king who is worried about his hungry people. How can they feed them, day after day? The solution he comes to, is to plant fruit trees! Mangoes, mahogany nuts, avocados, papayas and bananas will not only feed the people of his community, but the birds, monkeys and other animals as well. Masa-Senekela works the land to feed his people, accompanied by dance, song and music.

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:
One performance: 1 hour (incl. Q & A) $765 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day $1365 + HST
Request a Booking

Drumming Workshops

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Workshops available: Sept & Dec 2017; Jan, March, April & June 2018 Master percussionist Fana Soro introduces students to traditional playing techniques of the djembé, West Africa's most popular drum. Fana also shares call and response songs in his mother tongue of Senoufo.

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, Teachers, General Public, Youth at Risk
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $300 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $400 + HST

Workshops can be extended into a week-long residency, culminating in a school performance by students.
Request a Booking

Dance Workshops

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Workshops available: Sept & Dec 2017; Jan, March, April & June 2018 Fana Soro, former nine-year member of the National Ballet of Côte d'Ivoire, introduces students to choreography from traditional dances of Côte d'Ivoire and shares the cultural significance and joy of the movements!

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, Teachers, General Public, Youth at Risk
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance, Music
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $300 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $400 + HST

Workshops can be extended into a week-long residency, culminating in a school performance by students.
Request a Booking