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Musical journey to Africa

Musical journey to Africa. Trio chekere-Val-David. Photo credit Luc Vallières.jpg

Board the 2023-2024 flight to Senegal!


With Sadio Sissokho, Cheikh Anta Faye and Valérie Ivy Hamelin,

you will take a musical, percussive, dancing and festive journey to West Africa!


Discover mandinka percussion, doundoun, djembe, kora,

the balafon, the songs and dances,

 through an odyssey to the heart of African culture.


A dynamic show in which you are the artists!

Take part in this fabulous journey,

come dance, sing and play music with us :)



Musical journey to Africa

With Mafrica


Percussive and participatory show

African percussion - rhythm games - African dance - gumboots and singing


Young audience

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour



Ideal for primary and secondary schools, young and old festivals, municipal festivals or private events.

Musical journey to Africa. Public up close - Val-David. Photo credit Luc Valliè

Biography of the artists

Cheikh Anta Faye

Cheikh Anta Faye, percussionist from Senegal, began accompanying the great Senegalese ballets at the age of 16. Arriving in Quebec in 2006, he has since taught and hosted at the Samajam percussion school, with which he has given more than 1000 team building sessions.


A talented teacher, he gives private lessons and accompanies the dance classes of great masters.

With more than 20 years of experience, he has shared the stage with the greatest Senegalese percussionist Kissima Diabaté, the Diouf brothers, Bombolessé and he has collaborated with several other groups of varied musical styles. He has been supporting Mafrica training for 7 years already!

He was seen at Star Académie with Céline Dion and Lionel Richie.

Sadio Sissokho

Sadio Sissokho was born into a large family of griots. From a young age, he learned his cultural heritage, Mandinka music. In 1998, he completed a bachelor's degree in percussion at the National Conservatory of Music and Percussion in Dakar, Senegal. For several years, before emigrating to Quebec, he was a member of multiple groups such as Les Ballets Banaya, Les Ballets Cheik Fall, Les Ballets Famondi and the Guido group.


Upon his arrival in Quebec, he became a member of the group Taafé Fanga, then joined Kabakuwo.

He has accompanied several artists on doun douns, kora, congas, sabar, tama, balafon, djembe and voice, including Annie Ébène, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Zal Seck, Wilfred Le Bouthiller, Lamine Touré, Mussa Dieng Kalla, Samajam, Sylvain Cossette, Les Frères Diouf, and several others.


He also has great talent as a teacher and teacher with a varied clientele, he teaches percussion in schools, CEGEPs, cultural centers, etc.

Sadio has remarkable charisma and stage presence!



Ivy is a multidisciplinary artist expressing herself on the flute, voice and dance and percussion. She studied classical music at Collège Lionel-Groulx, and has been perfecting African dance for 10 years in several schools in Montreal (Afrique en Mouvement, S`Temps d`Art Africain, Oumar N`diaye, Estelle Lavoie de Taafé Fanga), in Mexico with Karim Keita, Lamine Thiam, M`Bemba Bangoura as well as in the United States, at Jeh Kulu school during intensive courses involving the participation of several great African masters. She began her journey with a Young Volunteers project from which the album Entre terre et femme was born, inspired by world music. She then led the Mamalua troupe, a troupe of women celebrating dance, singing and percussion. She has been part of several musical groups and accompanied different artists during performances and studio recordings. She teaches dance and singing in schools, CEGEPs, cultural centers and in cities. Ivy is dedicated to the transmission of her art and her passion, possessing a therapeutic vision of the benefits of art in its entirety. She joined the Mafrica group in 2008, bringing her melodious, harmonic and dynamic touch.

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