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Wise Atangana is a Cameroonian musician, percussionist and music producer living in Ottawa since December 2013. Born Ernest Benoit Atangana, he goes by the stage name of Wise as a tribute to the wisdom of his ancestral people, the Fan-Beti. In his mother tongue Ewondo, the name “Atangana” means “story teller”, “communicator” or “master of ceremonies.” Wise’s grandparents passed on to him the wisdom that comes through oral story telling. In the small village where he grew up, stories were the medium for passing on knowledge and wisdom, told around a fire every night. Storytelling is an art form that Wise continues to practice through a mix of Cameroonian folk music, Afro beat, French and American hip hop. He describes his musical style as “Afro beat hip-hop fusion” and through his music he replicates what his grandparents did – shares his stories, his beliefs and his experiences as a Cameroonian, an African and a newcomer to Canada.

Curriculum Links

African Culture; Awareness of elements of duration; Considerations on cultural context; Knowledge of form and style in writing; Active listening; Language as a fundamental element of culture.


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Residency
Residency
Indigenous
Indigenous
Performance
Performance
Workshop
Workshop
Senior
Seniors
Language
English
French
French Immersion

Percussion & Slam Poetry

New Program Residency Workshop English French French Immersion

This writing and percussion workshop allows students to develop their performance and French skills through slam poetry and African drumming. Students learn basic writing and percussion techniques, improve their confidence, and develop their creativity.

Participants:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Music
Time and Price:
One-hour session $265
Half-day two 1 hour sessions: $335
Full-day 3 one hour sessions: $435
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Central Africa drumming workshops

New Program Residency Workshop English French French Immersion

Wise Atangana introduces students to traditional rhythms and songs of Cameroon (Central Africa). Through drumming, students will gain a basic understanding of this art form connected to dance and songs of the Ewondo and Fang-Beti culture of Cameroon.

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:
One-hour session $265
Half-day two 1 hour sessions: $335
Full-day 3 one hour sessions: $435
Five full day residency (including a performance by students)
2000$
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Mafolo – African bilingual lullabies

New Program Residency Performance English French French Immersion

Mafolo is an interactive and cultural show that presents children’s songs and tales from Central Africa (Cameroon). These Lullabies were originally written in Ewondo, a popular language in the Cameroonian oral and musical tradition. Through a creative and fun way, students will learn the lyrics (English/French) and gestures of the songs, accompanied by live African drumming and storytelling.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Music
Time and Price:
1 hour show (question period included): $415
2 show 1h (same school same day): $645
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Afro Beat & Hip-Hop Live Show

New Program Residency Performance English French French Immersion

Inspired by his latest album ‘Rhyme and Motivation’, this bilingual performance exposes students to African hip hop, Afro Beat, and Francophone slam poetry. Wise will guide them through an energized and interactive show with short rhythmic movements and choreographies.

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:
350
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Music
Time and Price:
Solo format
1 hour show (questions included): $ 435
2 shows of 1 hour (same school same day): $ 695
Duo formula - 1 show 1h $ 935
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