About the Festival

The idea for the “Kouraba World Music Festival” was first conceived in 2011 by world renowned Malinké, Master Percussionist/Artistic Director, Mr. Amara Kante and the multi-talented, Nigerian born Canadian Artist/Producer, Ms. Rachael Eluan Abah. This musical spectacle is a showcase of world music & dance innovation, homage to Master artists, a celebration of traditional art forms and an incubator for cross-cultural dialogue. The “Kouraba World Music Festival” brings together and promotes music from across cultures to present a unified voice to an often divided audience.

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Kouraba 2016 Flé!: Watch!

The theme in 2015 was “Yelema Dona Ko La: Things Have Changed”. This year the 4th Annual Kouraba World Music festival brings you, "FLÉ! : WATCH!”. In the Malinke language (West Africa) the word “Yelema” means, change/transformation and “Flé”, means watch/witness. Kouraba invites you to experience a new paradigm in world music.

This 4th Edition of the Kouraba World Music Festival will feature international musical Masters and Apprentices of the World Music genre: Amara Kanté (Ivory Coast & Republic of Guinea), Ravi Naimpally (India), Abdoulaye Traore (Burkina Faso), Mohamed Diaby (Mali), Odel Johnson(Jamaica), Aline Morales (Brazil), Bruce Skerritt (St. Kitts) to name a few.


Master musicians meeting and playing together LIVE for the very first time anywhere, exclusively for you.

  • Drumming Workshops- Saturday November 5th, 2016. Brant Hills Community Centre, 2255 Brant Street, Burlington, Ontario L7P 5C8
  • Concert of the Musical Masters - Sunday November 6th, 2016. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H3

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Festival Drumming Workshops

The drumming and musical influences of the Mandé peoples of West Africa converge in this incredible learning opportunity. These drumming workshops are taught by not just one but two Master drummers: Adama Bilorou Dembele (Burkina Faso) and Amara Kanté (Ivory Coast/Republic of Guinea).

Participants in these workshops are treated to a full rhythmic experience as they learn & play the Djembe and Dunun drums alongside a LIVE professional musical Ensemble. The Ensemble features classic African instruments such as: The Balafon (xylophone), Flute, Kora (harp), Bolon (bass) and much more!

You are invited to step into the spirit, mystery and wonder of African rhythmic healing traditions. Transcend your senses and become the rhythm.


Special guest Instructor: Adama Bilorou Dembele
  • Recognized in 2001 as the best drummer of his generation.
  • Soloist for the the National Ballet of Ivory Coast and the Abidjan Djolem.
  • International multi-instrumentalist, conductor and composer.

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Kouraba 4th Annual Festival Poster

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Past Festivals

Kouraba 2015

Kouraba 2014

Kouraba 2013