Music Beyond Borders: Revisit the World With Us: West African Drumming and Dance with Feraba

Although the coronavirus likely prevents us from presenting Music Beyond Borders this summer, we thought you might enjoy revisiting some of the wonderful moments from past performances.

For  10 years, Music Beyond Borders, a collaboration between Morris Arts and Mayo Performing Arts Center has offered this summer series of free outdoor programs of world music and dance….bringing a taste of cultures from six continents to summer lunchtimes on the Morristown Green.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane and sample some of the past delights of Music Beyond Borders –  Feraba presented West African Drumming and Dance  on  July 25, 2017

Feraba’s Ismael Kouyate, from a family of renowned griots in Guinea, West Africa,  demonstrates his prowess  as a dancer, drummer and singer.

Ismael Kouyate sings and dances accompanied by Irene Koloseus, Andy Algire and Dekom Bembele, below:

July 25, 2017: Féraba: West African dance, drumming and tap dancing has a terrific feature article on Feraba and Music Beyond Borders HERE. and check out the post performance coverage – with photos and videos –  by HERE.

Our audiences explored the universal language of rhythm with this unique, award-winning multi-ethnic group. Féraba fuses traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with American tap dance, hip-hop and jazz, performing on international radio/TV, at Lincoln Center, Town Hall and throughout USA, Europe and West Africa. The group includes Master Drummers percussionists/balafonists and dancers  from Guinea, West Africa whose talents highlight the unique ability of rhythm as a means of  promoting tolerance and cultural understanding. Fabled dancer Gregory Hines states, “I am so impressed. I have never seen anything like this!”www.feraba.comVideo:

On July 25, 2017, hundreds  enjoyed the fascinating rhythms and high energy dancing of Feraba, learning some new steps and songs along the way!

Here are some additional VIDEOS from Feraba’s performance: 

Here are some  PHOTOS from Feraba’s performance: