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Feraba - African Rhythm Tap Company

Feraba - African Rhythm Tap

Traditional West African Music and Dance fused with Tap dancing

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About

Féraba was founded in New York City in 1995, through the collective creative vision of Austrian tap dancer Irene Koloseus and world-renowned master balafonist Abou Sylla from Guinea, West Africa.

A multicultural and multiethnic performance group, Féraba fuses the traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with the American artistic form of tap dance.

“The performance was exhilarating! In a nutshell, encore s’il vous plait!."

Brooklyn Public Library

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Mission

Féraba is dedicated to the appreciation and the preservation of American Tap dance and traditional West African music, dance and culture.


Feraba’s mission is to inform, educate and entertain through the universal language of rhythm, promoting the ideal of friendship, tolerance and cultural understanding among people of all nations

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School Assemblies

Since 1996 Feraba performs their unique shows in schools, libraries, community centers and festivals.  


Students will connect to the captivating music and rich culture of West Africa and gain a better understanding and appreciation for the depth and variety of percussion rhythms that keep us dancing. 

  • Program 1: Sounds of the Mande Empire

  • Program 2: Roots of Tap

  • Program 3: Biashi-The Journey

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SU-CASA 2024 Artist

SU-CASA at Vandalia Older Adult Center

Irene Koloseus along Andy Algire and Niko Diarra-Koloseus are teaching West African Mande Music played on djembes and balafons to seniors at the Vandalia Older Adult Center.

 

 

SU-CASA IS A COLLABORATION AMONG THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL, THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING AND THE CITY'S FIVE LOCAL ARTS COUNCILS. THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING.

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SU-CASA 2023 Artist

West African percussion workshops and performances at the Narrows Older Adult Center, Brooklyn

BAC’s Brooklyn-wide SU-CASA Creative Aging program is made possible, in part, by the New York City Council, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA).