The staff and students were enthralled with the lively, colorful, entertaining and educational performance of all the troupe members. Christina Lake, Elementary School, B.C.



Presented by Malicounda


The performance lasts 60 minutes.


During the performance, we will lead people through some simple dance movements, inspiring the audience to participate.

Our mission

Our goal is to present the power and beauty of traditional West African culture by sharing this art form with children, teachers, and the community, providing a multicultural experience and opening their minds to the world. We hope to inspire the creative nature of children and adults alike.

Performances can also be accompanied by a Drum Circle , Drum Workshops or Dance Workshops.

Malicounda Dance Company
West Africa dance shows

Technical requirement for performance:Set up time: 30 minutes
Wood floor measuring : 25 ft. by 25 ft.
Changing room : One
P.A. system
Number of performers : 4 artists on stage.

The following study guide is intended to help you prepare for our visit. It includes a description of the program and some of the instruments we will use..

About Malicounda Dance Company

Malicounda Dance Company performs music and dance from West Africa primarily in Canada and the United States. Our program will help build an awareness of a different cultural context. This will help in recognizing the similarities that we all have as people and respecting the differences from which we can all learn..

Our goal is to let the people discover another culture through movement, singing, drumming and language!

About the performance

Dance has been an important part of West African society for many thousands of years. Music and dance play an important role in major life events: birth, rites of passage, harvest, weddings, war, funerals, praying for rain, and honoring the ancestors. Every dance has its own rhythm though song.

“Dancing is an expression of a physical, psychological and spiritual state of being that enables people to give meaning and context to their greatest joys, hopes, frustrations, fears or sorrows. This expression contributes to a sense of wholeness. Diversity is the key to African dance, which can be as spontaneous as moving to the beat of an intoxicating highlife rhythm, or may involve an elaborate rite of passage performed for centuries in celebration of the community (Tracy D. Snipe). In West Africa , dancing and music is part of everyday life.”

Description of the performance

West Africa dance shows

The performance will be with live drumming. Some aspects of the performance are interactive; we will invite people to join us.

    • Time : 1 hour
    • Songs from West Africa : Interactive clapping with audience to help learn rhythm.
    • Dance pieces:
      • Aconcone : Aconcone is a fertility dance originally from the Joola people from Senegal and Gambia .
      • Yankadi : Yankadi is a courting dance performed by adolescent boys and girls of the Susu people of Guinea .

Musical instruments will be introduced and include:

    • Kutiro-ceruba : drum from Gambia , made from goat skin and played with a stick.
    • Kalimba: Zimbabwe thumb piano made with a wood sound board and metal keys, played inside a gourd (dezzee) for sound resonation. Related to the m’bira.
    • Hosho : Dried gourd hollowed and filled with hota seeds, similar to maracas.
    • Djembe, Dunduns, M’bira, Balaphone (More information below).

Musical Instruments

You will also see the following musical instruments in the performance.

    West Africa dance shows Djembe: A drum originally from Mali that has since migrated throughout West Africa . Djembe drums have an hourglass shaped body usually made from the wood of the Dumbe tree. The head of the drum is made with goatskin, which is fastened to the wood body with rope. The rope is pulled and woven around the drum to tighten the skin and raise the tone of the drum.

    Dunduns: The dundun is the foundation of the rhythm and is originally from Mali , West Africa . The dundun is a cylinder usually made from the wood of the Dumbe tree. Both ends of the drum are covered with cow skin. Ropes are used to fasten the skins to the body of the drum. Dunduns come in different sizes and produce different tones based on its size. The dundun is usually played with sticks. A bell can also be attached to drum so the player can combine the sound of the dunduns and the bell while playing a rhythm. The dundun is an older instrument than the Djembe.





“The artistry of the West African Dance may elude many of her young students,
but they capture its vibrant, celebratory essence.”
Dublin News

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We are available for drumming worshops and shows all over British Columbia, North Territories, Alberta and Manitoba