Great Mother Africa concert. Unity is strength

Africans passing through Europe to arrive in America tell their own musical tradition

My name is Seydou Kienou, percussionist musician residing in Italy because we all actually have the same goal which is to stay and live well with family, friends, etc. And to do this it takes the mind and the open heart that also listens to the ideas, thoughts, projects of others even if they are different in mutual respect. Getting to know other people, other cultures from other countries is a personal and cultural enrichment. Other points of view are thus known which can help each of us to live better with ourselves and with others. Dialogue is always a positive way to understand each other and achieve our common goal sooner and better, which is to be at peace in harmony with ourselves and with others, in a word to be as happy as possible. To convey this message, I would like to propose a show that is both a cultural project. Children of whatever color they are (white, black or yellow) do not have superstructures and welcome the other very easily, together they share everything: the game, the food, the experiences, etc ... It is only by growing up that things change , adults often become racist and coexistence between different cultures becomes difficult. The show that I propose, retraces the stages of a journey that saw Africans move from their continent to Europe and the United States. It is for this reason that I really care about carrying out this project whose aim is to stimulate a reflection on the encounter between different cultures. The main instrument of this show is the drum which in Africa is considered fundamental. It is used to send messages, to celebrate weddings, the birth of children and other important moments in life. The drum in Africa gives the direction of life and guides the dancers on the stage. Dance, on the other hand, represents scenes from everyday life. It is generally divided into three moments: a group of women going to the river to wash clothes, another group cleaning the house and drying clothes and a group of men hoeing the fields, while some women sow. At the same time a woman passes among them to offer drinking water. Then there is the scene of the owner, who, having arrived at the workplace, no longer finds anyone, and gets angry. Finally we return to dance and sing all together. The message that the show wants to convey is that through music you can cross the borders between cultures, music is a hand stretched out towards the other, it unites instead of dividing. The show is a real musical journey that traces the history of black people. It tells the story of the slaves who, starting from Africa, passed through Europe, stopping to leave the mark of their origins through Afro and blues music and then arrive in America.

This show was made in the following places in Italy:

1.     Piazza di Predappio (FC)

2.     Piazza Saffi, Forlì

3.     Piazza di Faenza

4.     Piazza di Bagnacavallo (RA)

5.     Piazza di Minerbio

6.     Piazza di Trieste 8 agosto

7.     Piazza di Russi, “Fira Sett Dulor”

8.     Presso lo stabilimento balneare Isola di Cervia

9.     Teatro Tiffany in via Medaglie D’oro n.82, Rimini

10.  Cinema Settebello via Roma n.70, Rimini

11.  Teatro sala polivalente Iris Versari, Portico di Romagna

12.   Teatro comunale di Galeata

13.  “Festival delle religioni”, Piazza del popolo San Giovanni in Persiceto

14.  Festa dei popoli “Ritmi e danze del mondo”, Giavera del Montello

15.  Piazza di Castelfranco Veneto

16.  “Buskers Festival” di Ferrara, (piazze di Mantova, Comacchio e Lugo)

17.  Acquario di Cattolica

18.  Marina di Ravenna