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Event Archive - Padare - an evening of African music, dance, and storytelling: African Trio, Kocassale Dioubate, Jean Pierre Makosso

Sat. August 5th 2006 @  1956 Graveley st. (All Ages)
7 pm - 9:30 pm doors at 6:15 pm
Tickets at:, at the door
Presented by: In the House Festival
After a hugely successful festival, the In the House Performance Series is back to regale you with another year of amazing performances. The first show is an evening of African music, dance, and storytelling called “Padare.”

In Zimbabwe, “Padare” is a Shona word which means "at the gathering". At these gathering places, people share ideas, stories, music, and dance.

On August 5th the air will be filled with the exciting words, rhythms, and movements of Africa as African Trio, Jean Pierre Makosso, and Kocassale Dioubate take the stage. The show takes place in a lovely backyard in the Commercial Dr. area.

Address: 1956 Graveley St.
Date: Saturday, August 5th
Time: doors are at 6:15
Show starts at 7:00 pm

Adults: $15.00
Kids + Members: $10.00

Tickets can be purchased on-line at or can be reserved by calling 604-874-9325 or by emailing

Seating is limited, so make sure you get your tickets early.

Feel free to pass this on to family, friends and co-workers!

Jean Pierre Makosso: An internationally renowned African actor, storyteller and dancer, Jean Pierre, was born in Pointe Noire, Congo Brazza-Ville. Jean Pierre has performed all over Africa. As an actor and storyteller, he has toured in Switzerland, France, Canada, and China. Jean Pierre has also performed in more than 1,000 schools worldwide as a storyteller and dancer. He also works in schools, teaching drama and giving workshops in storytelling and dance.

Kocassalé Dioubaté: Kocassalé Dioubaté is a Guinean of the Mandingo tribe of West Africa. A descendant of the tribe's "Griots" - traditional storytellers, musicians and dancers - Koca has been dancing, playing and making music since he was old enough to walk. Career highlights to date include playing as Head Drummer for Ballet Kaloum Lolé in Guinea, soloist for Ballet Bougarabou in Senegal, recording with renowned drummer Moussa M’Boum in the Gambia and playing with Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour. He has also won awards from the Minister of Culture in Guinea for Dance in 2005 and was named Best Male Artist in 2001. Since arriving in Canada in May of 2005, he has joined three-time Juno winner Alpha Yaya Diallo’s band Bafing, playing shows all over Canada. He has performed solo at the Filberg Festival in Courtenay, the Vancouver Diversity Festival and Vancouver’s Afrikadey Festival. Under the name BéréSanké Percussion, he and his wife import and manufacture traditional West African percussion instruments and coordinate African drumming and dance workshops all over BC. For “Padare,” Kocassale is accompanied by Robin Layne on the marimba.

African Trio: African Trio is composed of Yoro Noukoussi, Aboubacar Camara, and Sekou “Dico” Sylla. They are accompanied by dancer Kesseke Yeo. Kesseke Yeo was a national star and member of the National Ballet of Cote d'Ivoire. Since 2001, he has performed at various festivals with Masabo Culture Company and Kokoma Dance among others. Yoro Noukoussi was born into the family of the Chief of the Wama people and learned drumming and storytelling from his family as they traveled through North Benin. He has been performing in Vancouver for several years. Sekou "Dico" Sylla came straight from a small village in the Republic of Guinea to join Masabo on-stage in Canada. He is rightly recognized here as a djembe master, and in addition to Masabo he is an active teacher and performer with dance companies. Aboubacar Camara is a performer native to Guinea, He spent 16 years performing and training with professional dance troupes, touring Africa and Europe. He came to Canada in 1995, performing with Vancouver-based African group, Bafing Productions. He is now leading his own group, Doundounba Music & Dance.


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