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The Meaning of MASABO

“Masa” is the Djoula word for king or wise man of the village. “Bo” is the word for the house where the wise man lives. “Masabo” is the place where villagers would come to receive advice.

The Masabo performance (EN/FR) features music, dance, and storytelling from the Côte d’Ivoire in the Senoufo tradition. The music features the Balafon, a traditional West African xylophone, and the djembe (hand drum) and various other traditional instruments. Audience participation is encouraged throughout the performance in the form of call-and-response. Student volunteers will be selected to assist with the storytelling. Especially featured will be the Boloyé an initiation dance for young men in which the dancers represent leopards to show their strength, cunning, and agility. 

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