A DANCE and LIVE MUSIC celebration, done in a circle; featuring an incredible line-up of artists.
AUG 28, 4 – 6 PM
This event is included in your FESTIVAL PASS and SUNDAY WORKSHOP or attend this event only for $13.13.
YENSA Festival’s ATSIA Circle will feature international guest artists Ranzie Mensah (Ghana/Italy), as well as local artists Collette ‘Miss Coco’ Murray, Zahra Moves, Amadou Kienou, King Chino, Cécé Haba, N’deré Headley-Lindsay, and many more; followed by a live dance and drum celebration.
YENSA Festival’s ATSIA Circle invites the community to gather, dance, sing and make music collectively to celebrate life. ATSIA originates from the Ewe people of Ghana.
“Mensah takes a singular vibrato-heavy, nearly operatic approach to vocal afro-jazz… Her voice also has the power to transport the listerner to other places:” Sarah Greene – NOW Magazine, Toronto.
Ranzie Mensah headlined with African legends, Salif Keita, Mory Kante, Alpha Blondy. Based in Italy, she’s shared the stage with renown Italian and international artists: Jimmy Cliff, Gilberto Gil, Miriam Makeba. She has also produced and released several recordings. Discography includes “Amazing Grace”, “The Music of the Mountain” and “Just a Dream”. Hailed as a “Princess for Peace”, in 2011 she became the spokesperson for NOPPAW’s (Nobel Peace Prize for African Women) campaign.
COLLETTE ‘MISS COCO’ MURRAY
Collette “Coco” Murray is a dance educator, cultural arts programmer and arts consultant. This award- winning artist was one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women honourees in 2020 and the 2019 Toronto Arts Foundation’s Community Arts Award winner. Murray pursues a PhD in Dance Studies and holds a Master of Education, and Honours BA in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity from York University and a BA in Sociology from University of Toronto. Along with Miss Coco Murray, her mobile, dance education business, she is Artistic Director of Coco Collective offering culturally responsive projects connecting participants, organizations and schools to African and Caribbean arts. Recent projects include Toronto Dance Theatre’s RBC Pilot Episodes and Art Etobicoke’s Augmented Reality in Islington Village for ArtWorxTO’s Public Year of Art. As board member of Canadian Dance Assembly, Arts Etobicoke and Board Vice Chair for Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Murray uses an anti-racism, equity and diversity lens.