Festival Baobob

Celebrating and showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in BCs fast-growing African community

All events at the WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac (off Victoria Drive)

African Cabaret doors open 8 pm, show 9 pm
Entertainment by animated Congolese storyteller, actor, musician, 
dancer Jean Pierre Makosso; multi-talented Guinean percussionist and
kora (harp-lute) player Kocassalé Dioubaté; the high energy Kokoma
dance and drum performance ensemble, led by Maobong Oku from Nigeria; 
and a rare solo performance by Guinean master-musician 
and multiple Juno Award-winning artist 
Alpha Yaya Diallo of the African Guitar Summit supergroup
Heart of the Baobab dinner 7 pm, show 8 pm
Dinner (optional), prepared by the Nyala African restaurant, 
followed by a performance on kora from master-musician Daniel Janke; 
African dances from the young women of the Miyanda troupe; 
and two full sets  of West African music, masks, storytelling, 
and dance from Masabo,  helmed by athletic balafon 
(marimba)-player Fana Soro
A Night in the Sahara doors open 8 pm, show 9 pm
Sudanese music from five-piece band Sudan’da led 
by oud (lute)-player Aladeen Abdalla; trance-inducing North African 
rhythms and bellydancing with Egyptian drum-master Adel Awad and Sahara; 
and the contemporary grooves of DJ Nils from the Beats without Borders 
collective to take us dancing into the wee hours
African Carnival dinner 7 pm, show 8 pm
Chef Hinda from Djibouti will serve tasty African tapas. 
Storytelling from Nigerian actress, playwright, and yarnspinner Comfort Ero; 
the irresistible rhythms of young Afro-Cuban drum and Zimbabwean 
marimba ensemble Kutapira; and two full sets of dance music from
Guinean groover Aboubacar Camara, his band Doundounba, plus special guests
An African/Caribbean Jam or DJ will play out each night
The WISE will have an all-ages license for these events
Tickets $18 each show ($15 concessions)
Pass for all 4 shows $55 (or $45)
Available at Highlife Records - 1317 Commercial Drive
SofiaBooks. - 450 West Hastings
Banyen Books - 3608 West 4th Ave, and by phone at (604) 737 8858
More info at
Festival Baobab is co-produced by Alliance Française de Vancouver, 
the WISE Hall, Zula Productions, & Bluehouse
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