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Fana Soro

AKWAABA! Welcome to Africa!
Fana Soro welcome’s you to the music, dance, and wise messages of the Senoufo people from the Ivory Coast. You will learn about the continent of Africa, their instruments and the love that Senoufo people have for their community. Fana will introduce Balafon rhythms, dance moves, and traditional songs. You are guaranteed to feel the beat!

African Drumming Workshop
This workshop teaches the basic sounds and rhythms of the Djembe drum. Fana incorporates song and community messages throughout the workshop. Students will be drumming loud, signing, working as a collective, and having fun!

Booking Details
School In-Person Performance Fee: $915 + HST
Audience Size: 300
School In-Person Workshop Fee: $340 + HST
Audience Size: 30
School Virtual Workshop Fee: $244 + HST
Audience Size: 30
Virtual format: fully live
Grades: K-12
Language: English, French, bilingual
Availability: limited year-round
Curriculum Connections
Equity and Inclusion
Well Being
French Education
Cross Curricular Connections
Experiential Learning
Teacher Resources
About Fana Soro
Fana Soro is a musician, dancer and educator who hails from the Senoufo tribe in northern Côte d’Ivoire. He spent 9 years as a member of the prestigious Ballet National de Côte d’Ivoire. Fana is a hereditary master of the balafon, a West African gourd-resonated xylophone. In 1997, Fana moved to Vancouver where he became a cultural ambassador for West Africa, bringing his vast experience of engaging students over a hundred Canadian schools for years. He also formed and became creative director of Masabo, a performance group specializing in traditional West African music, dance and story. In 2009 Fana moved to Ottawa, continuing to spread his knowledge and love for West Africa and its culture.