African drums at the Cleland

A West African drum and dance group will perform Sunday in Penticton.

Children’s Showcase presents Kikeyambay, a four-member troupe that use music, dancing and costumes to engage audiences.

“We are so excited to bring Kikeyambay to South Okanagan audiences,” said Melanie Walden, Children’s Showcase organizer. “Kikeyambay’s performances are electrifying and audiences will have a chance to revel in the music and dance of West Africa.”

Children's Showcase is run by a group of volunteers who are interested in instilling a love for the performing arts in young children and their families, according to their website.

The troupe will perform rhythms, songs, dances and stories of the Malinké and Susu people of Guinea, led by master drummer, singer and composer Alseny ‘Michel’ Diallo.

The group also features well known dancer and singer N’nato Camara, along with dancers Ilana Moon and Rachelle McElroy.

Tickets for the show are $12 per person and are available prior to the event at Tumbleweed Gallery, Penticton Arts Council office, Oliver Veterinary Hospital or online at Eventbrite.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Cleland Theatre.

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