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Event Archive - FESTIVAL BAOBAB - A Night in the Sahara with: Adel Awad and Sahara, Sudan'da, Beats Without Borders with DJ Nils

Fri. February 16th 2007 WISE Hall (All Ages)
8 pm - 1 am doors at 7 pm
$18/night or $55/all 4 nights (pass)
Tickets at: Highlife Records, Sophia Books, Banyen Books, The WISE Club Lounge, Charge by phone: 604.737.8858
Presented by: Alliance Française, The WISE Club, Zula Productions, & BlueHouse
Roots, Rhythms & Reels from the African Diaspora

Celebrating and showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in BC’s fast-growing African community

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

African Cabaret
doors 7 pm, show 8 pm

Entertainment by Congolese storyteller, actor, musician, dancer Jean Pierre Makosso; multi-talented Guinean griot Kocassalé Dioubaté, with accompanist; the high-energy Kokoma dance and drum performance ensemble, led by Maobong Oku from Nigeria; plus a special surprise guest and master-musician from Guinea in a rare solo performance. Chef Hinda from Djibouti will serve tasty African tapas (as for all evenings)

Heart of the Baobab
doors 7 pm, show 8 pm

Solo performance by young griot Kocassalé Dioubaté of Bérésanké Percussion. African dances from the young women of the Miyanda troupe; soulful Nigerian drumming and songs from Ezeadi Onukwulu, and two full sets of West African music, masks, storytelling, and dance from Masabo, led by athletic balafon (marimba)-player Fana Soro. Exhibition and sale of musical instruments made by Kocassalé Dioubaté

A Night in the Sahara
doors 7 pm, show 8 pm

Exhibition of 33 photos The Tuareg of Niger by celebrated French geographer Edmond Bernus. 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 & films 6 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; African folk-pop from Togolese songwriter Lazare S. Halk and his quintet; and two full sets of dance music from Guinean groover Aboubacar Camara and his band Doundounba.

An African/Caribbean Jam or DJ will play out each night

Tickets $18 each show –
Pass for all 4 shows $55
Available at Highlife Records - 1317 Commercial Drive
Sofia Books. - 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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