Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song
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Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song

North Adams, MA | Established. Jan 01, 2014

North Adams, MA
Established on Jan, 2014
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This pioneering group, founded by international musicians and teaching
artists, Lara Gonzalez & Yael Shacham with Lisa Gonzalez-Howell,
presents an artistic expression that
fuses original songs and spoken word with traditional West African
rhythm and dance – showcasing indigenous instruments. Marafanyi is known
for diverse creativity -"Percussion is just the beginning!"

infectious energy, genuine warmth, and rock-solid musical talent place
them in high demand for group shows of every genre including World
(Angélique Kidjo), Folk (Odetta), Rock (Hamell on Trial), Jazz (Perry
Robinson), Metphysical (Ram Dass), Spoken Word (Carl Hancock Rux) and DJ
Spooky that Subliminal Kid.
They are pleased to have recently
collaborated with Guinean Master Artist, M'Bemba Bangoura and Guinean
Griot & Balafon Master, Famoro Dioubaté. Marafanyi has also
supported Congolese guitarist Dominic Kanza and his African Rhythm
Machine at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), Habib
Koité, Sierra Leone Refuge All-Stars, Mesgana Dancers from Ethiopia and
Grammy award winner, Angélique Kidjo from Benin at SOPAC (South Orange
Performing Arts Center).

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