World Vibration Series Rumbles with African Beats

February 3, 2010 by  

Master musician and Senegalese singer Toumany Kouyate returns to the World Vibration Concert Series with Bountalo, an African music ensemble, at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater, 3130 S. McLeod Drive. Kouyate was last seen on the Winchester stage during the series’ fourth anniversary concert in July. During this performance, he leads Bountalo, which translates to “black scorpion.” Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children ages 12 and younger.

Kouyate is joined by percussionists Adama Diop and Ousmane Gueye, keyboardist Nico Gutierrez and dancer Ndeye Ndaiye. Listeners are typically fascinated by the unusual quality of Kouyate’s voice. The musicians in Bountalo live in Southern California and Las Vegas. Kouyate moved to Las Vegas in 1998 as a performer in Cirque du Soleil’s “O,” and he continues as a cast member today. He also appears on the company’s soundtrack for the Cirque du Soleil film “Journey of Man.” Bountalo will perform traditional African songs and original compositions.

Kouyate has performed in a 2007 Earth Day remix of Dave Stewart’s “Go Green” with such artists as Sarah MacLachlan. He also has performed in the last year at Festival International Nuits D’Afrique in Montreal, Canada; with former student Zal Idrissa Sissokho and at British Columbia’s Festival du Bois.

Winchester Cultural Center has hosted musicians from all over the world through the World Vibration Concert Series during the last four years. Musicians from Brazil, Ireland, China, Thailand, Mexico and many other countries have brought their distinct rhythms to the Winchester stage. The series continues with Tommy Sands, who will perform traditional Irish music at 2 p.m. March 6.

Those interested can call 455-7340. Additional information and tickets can be found online at Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting

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