Africa Oyé

Age/Grade: All Ages (Grades K‑12)
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Performer from Africa Oyé performance, wearing a colourful outfit and smiling holding drumsticks in the air

There’s going to be a dance party and you’re invited!

Africa Oyé is NOT performing at this year’s Festival, check out the list of 2023 performers here.

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 of Origin: 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)

Curriculum Connections:

  • Arts Education: Dance, music
  • English Language Arts: Literature, poetry
  • Emotional Development: Cultural studies, cultural perspectives, diversity and inclusion
  • Physical and Health Education: Fitness

Venue: Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC

Ways to Watch

IN PERSON

Watch a live performance at the venue.

TICKET INFORMATION

FOR SCHOOLS:

  • Festival 1 Show Pass: $12+GST/ticket
  • Festival 2 Show Pass: $22+GST/ticket

FOR THE PUBLIC:

  • Festival 1 Show Pass: $12.50-$22.00 + GST/ticket

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show highlights

Testimonials

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

Festival Participant 

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 

TICKETS ARE ON SALE TODAY! RESERVE YOUR STUDENTS OR GROUP BY PURCHASING ONLINE.