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Vivien Bassouamina

Bret Arnald Baleketa

Lamine Bangoura

Moustapha Bangoura

aline nkouakoua

Vivien Bassouamina
Congo 
Artistic Director of Kikulu Kia Nza
Founder and artistic director of Kikulu Kia Nza Dance and Drum conference, Vivien breathes dance. His movements comes from the water and the trees, and his understanding that everything in nature is dancing. His first inspiration was none other than Michael Jackson, and he was that 8 year old boy in the streets of Congo, emulating "The King." As Vivien says, "danced saved my life," and it helped him escape the atrocities of war. After touring Europe and the US professionally with a modern dance company, he took up residence in California, USA where he has resided for 9 years as a San Fransisco Bay Area choreographer, director and performer, and dance teacher to his dedicated following of students all over the United States.  Vivien recently relocated to North Carolina where he teaches Traditional Congolese Dance, as well as Tradi-Modern dance.    
 
 
Bret Arnald Baleketa
Congo
Drummer
 
 
 
 
Mohamed Lamine Bangoura
Guinea
Drummer
Mohamed Lamine Bangoura is the musical & artistic director of Afrique Souge, a traditional West African performing arts company based in the Bay Area, California. Lamine is a master drummer whose contagious spicy energy will inspire and uplift your drumming experience.  
 
Moustapha Bangoura
Guinea
Dance​
Moustapha Bangoura hails from the West African nation of Guinea. He is a veteran of the largest and most celebrated dance company from the continent of Africa.
 
 
 
 
Aline Nkouakoua
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Drum
 
 
 
Blanche Vitero-Brown
Afro-Haitian Dance
DanceGroup Petit La Croix was founded by noted dancer/choreographer Blanche Brown, who studied with Haitian teachers Jean Leon Destine, Serge St. Juste and Mona Amira in New York. This company, for many years, was the sole professional Haititan dance company in the western U.S. and certainly one of the few to present a spectrum of Haitian dance, from Vodun rituals to the turbulent legacy of the island's political struggle.

Blanch vitero

Brought to you by:

Pisa Za Congo Dance Company & 

Vivien Bassouamina

kikulukianza@gmail.com

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