Video: West African rhythms on the Morristown Green, courtesy of Féraba

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What happens when you mix a tap-dancing bandleader from Austria with a balafon player from Wisconsin, a singer from Guinea and a doun douner from the Ivory Coast?

Ismael Kouyate of Féraba at Music Beyond Borders, July 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ismael Kouyate of Féraba at Music Beyond Borders, July 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

You get Féraba, that’s what.

We couldn’t swear to it, but we’re pretty sure the name loosely translates to “Get up and dance!”

That was the effect on kids attending Tuesday’s lunchtime performance on the Morristown Green.

West African rhythms and dance comprised the third installment of  Music Beyond Borders, the free summer series presented by Morris Arts and the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Féraba is led by Irene Koloseus, the Austrian tap dancer.  She was joined by Andy Algire (Wisconsin), Ismael Kouyate (Irvington by way of Guinea), Sekom Dembele (Ivory Coast), and dancer Nene Camara, stepdaughter of Koloseus.

The series concludes on Aug. 8, 2017, with the Music from China Trio.

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Sekom Dembele of Féraba with young fans at Music Beyond Borders, July 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sekom Dembele of Féraba with young fans at Music Beyond Borders, July 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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