Nigui Saff K-Dance
is the originator of the Mapouka--Mapouka Originale. The music
is a symphony of traditional drum, stirring vocals and movement
propelled by a pure primordial and unique African essence.
They are superb performers ready for cultural centers or part
of the international summer stage in any US, UK or Canadian
Nigui Saff K-Dance received the International
Music Award for best African Dance and Music in South Africa
in 2000. Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela conferred the
award to the group.
Mapouka and especially Nigui Saff has reinvigorated
not only Ivorian but also the collective West African music
culture. See what this group is about. See the way they carry
their audience to the traditional times of the Avikam and
Ahizi villages. Pure, rhythmic, exotic--beautiful--this is
the Mapouka of Nigui Saff K-Dance.
The group is made up of 8 extraordinarily talented individuals.
The band consists of 4 male musicians: vocalists, percussionists
and drummers. Their sound is described as melodic with a captivating
tempo-- It is the sound of the Nigui Saff village, it is Mapouka.
The dancers are 4 beautiful Avikam ladies. They move with
grace akin to the subtle yet powerful rush of the waves on
the Gulf of Guinea, coupled with an unassuming sensuality.
The group has won numerous acclaim in Africa and Europe.
In 2000, the group won best African dance and music at the
International Music Awards in South Africa. Michael Jackson
and Nelson Mandela were on hand to present the group with
this most distinguished honor.
Nigui Saff has also toured Europe visiting Holland, France and
Belgium. The group continues to express and represent the art
and majesty of the Nigui Saff tribal tradition.