Africa Oyé

There’s going to be a dance party and you’re invited! Africa Oyé features songs, music, and dances from Cameroon, Benin, Guinea, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Come celebrate this beautiful expression of African culture with the talented Jacky Essombe, accompanied by her friends. Jacky’s lively dancing will inspire you to move your body as you feel the rhythm of music played on a variety of traditional African instruments, including the djembe, donga (talking drum), mbira, shekere and more. Audience participation is encouraged throughout the show in the form of call-and-response, singing, clapping and dancing. We can guarantee that by the end of the show you will be up and on your feet! Watch a video below!

C’est la fête et vous êtes invité ! Africa Oyé présente chansons, musique et dances du Cameroun, du Bénin, de la Guinée, de l’Afrique du Sud et du Zimbabwe.  Venez célébrer l’expression de la culture africaine avec la talentueuse Jacky Essombé et ses amis. Laissez vous guider par le chant, les pas et les gestes de Jacky aux sons et rythmes d’instruments traditionnels d’Afrique : djembe, ldonga, mbira, et shekere. Le public est encouragé à participer aux techniques rhytmiques de chants et de percussions corporelles. C’est sûr qu’avant la fin du spectacle tout le monde sera debout en rythme avec les artistes !

Performers: Jacky Essombe and friends
Country: BC / Canada (with roots in Cameroon, Benin, Guinea, South Africa and Zimbabwe)
Genre: Music/Dance
Show length: 50 minutes
Ages: All Ages (Grades K-12)

Ways to Watch & Listen

Watch a live performance at the venue.
Live Online
Watch a live performance at home or in your classroom and access the recorded performance from 9 am the day after.
Pre-recorded Online
Watch a pre-recorded online performance at home or in your classroom. Available until Sunday, June 13th at 8pm.

Show Times

In-person and Live online

Thursday, June 3 In-person tickets Live online tickets
1:30 – 2:20 pm (en français) Buy tickets to this in-person showing Buy tickets to this live online broadcast

Pre-recorded video (en français)

Available starting Watch until Pre-recorded video tickets
Friday, June 4 at 9:00 am 8:00 pm on Sunday, June 13 Buy tickets

Ticket Information


Schools – Virtual Field Trip

  • LIVE Online – $60+GST & order fee per class
  • Pre-recorded Online – $60+GST & order fee per class

More info…


School Tickets are on sale NOW! All Virtual Field Trips include access to 6 online arts workshops!



Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC

We absolutely LOVED the performance. Jacky and her musicians were extremely entertaining and responded to and interacted with the students extremely well.

~ Michael A., Teacher

We loved the performance!!! It was well structured, energetic, informative, interactive and so joyful.

~ Audience Member