Pape Mbaye and Chosani Afrique bring you the magic of West Africa. Pulsating percussion sets, sassy Senegalese Salsa, the dance inducing vibe of Mbalak and Latin rhythms, as well as jazz and reggae numbers with an African flavour. Book this band!

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Pape Mbaye The beaming smile of Pape Mbaye is as well loved as his wide musical talents. It's an infectious smile that seems to go hand-in-hand with the West African rhythms that lie at the root of his music.

Pape Mbaye, and his eight-piece band Chosani Afrique, bring some of the magic of West Africa to their audience - a night of Latin, reggae and jazz, inspired and led by this uncontainable master percussionist. Captivating and hypnotic, these are the sounds of a culture steeped in magic, ritual and a strong spirituality. They're the sounds that bring people together, that celebrate, commemorate and rejoice. They're the sounds that have sophisticated a world of music from jazz to R'n'B to pop. And they're the sounds that Pape has made since childhood.

Pape was born into the special Griot cast, creative leaders and pioneers who are also the guardians of their culture's oral history and artistic traditions. From 1976-1999 he was head drummer of the village of Yoff in Senegal, and was a percussionist and dancer with L'Ensemble Traditionelle Sorano, L'Orchestre Nationale du Senegal and Back to Africa. Seven years ago he left Senegal, West Africa, to make a new home in Sydney. He brought the traditions of a great musical culture, which is now fast becoming a major part of Sydney's own multicultural music scene.

Renowned the world over, Pape has played alongside musical legends such as Miles Davis, BB King and Ringo Starr. In 2003 he released his first CD Listen! Drum Speaking, followed by his second CD, Yoff in 2005 and now combines performing with teaching. (He even takes adventurous music-lovers on trips back to Senegal for a first-hand experience of music and life there). Pape plays sabar, tama, djembe, bougarabou, saorouba, congas, andtimbales. He's also a dancer, choreographer, teacher and Griot. We have smaller bands, troupes and dancer for all your event requirements.

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