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Fefafe Festival 2024: West African Dance, Drum & Song

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Fefafe Festival 2024: West African Dance, Drum & Song
Friday, July 19 + Saturday, July 20

"Fefafe" is a SouSou word meaning "something is coming"...

In this case, we can anticipate a very special, full day of djembe, dundun, krin, balafon, traditional dance and dundun dance classes with 4 premier artists - with some additional special guests - from Guinea and Mali, West Africa!

This event is curated by the one and only M'Bemba Bangoura with organizational assistance from EarthBeat Music.

Friday, July 19 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm
West African Dance & Drum Community Celebration with M'Bemba Bangoura & Youssouf Koumbassa

Saturday, July 20 | 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
West African Dance & Drum Classes with M'Bemba Bangoura, Youssouf Koumbassa, Moussa Traore & Abou Sylla

Adults + Teens | All Levels | Lunch included

Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY 12866

M'BEMBA BANGOURA | Guinea Drum, Dundun Dance, Krin
ABOU SYLLA | Balafon

You must preregister to attend.  Space is very limited.

Fefafe Festival 2024 Pricing:
$165 for Friday July 19 Community Celebration (6-8 pm) AND Saturday July 20 Classes (10 am-7 pm) with lunch included!

$150 for Saturday July 20 Classes only

5 full scholarships available for people who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Please email with "Fefafe Scholarship" as subject heading.

A nourishing lunch will be provided for all participants. Complimentary water, tea and fruit will also be on site.

Saratoga Arts is in the heart of Saratoga Springs NY. The city is very accessible by car, bus, train or plane from NYC, Boston, Montreal and on.

Fefafe Festival 2024: List

Saturday, July 20

9:00-9:45 am

Check In

Sign in and settle in at the Saratoga Arts Center.

10:00 am


M'Bemba Bangoura welcomes you to Fefafe Festival 2024!

10:15-11:30 am

Class 1

DUNDUN DANCE with M'Bemba (Theater)

11:45-1:00 pm

Class 2

KRIN with M'Bemba (Theater)
BALAFON with Abou (Lobby)

1:15-2:30 pm

Class 3

MALI DRUM with Moussa (Theater)

2:45-4:00 pm

Class 4

GUINEA DANCE with Youssouf (Theater)

4:15-5:30 pm

Class 5

MALI DRUM with Moussa (Theater)
BALAFON with Abou (Lobby)

5:45-7:00 pm

Class 6

GUINEA DANCE with Youssouf (Theater)

7:00-7:30 pm


Festival Group Photo and Hugs!

Fefafe Festival 2024: Schedule
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