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 forms of tap dance and jazz in a unique and exciting way.
Féraba's explosive blend has been well received by audiences worldwide, including performances at Lincoln Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Town Hall, and other prestigious venues throughout the U.S., Europe, and West Africa. Through community outreach, Féraba also brings its extraordinary programs to hospitals, schools, universities, and libraries in the New York metropolitan area.
Ethnic Dance Award
NYFA Fellow in Music composition
Jubilation Foundation fellow in teaching artistry
Brooklyn Arts Fund Grantee
City Artist Corps Grantee
Meet the Composer
Féraba exposes its audience to many different cultures, and seeks to create a bond of understanding among the people of the world, suggesting that this diversity enriches one’s life.