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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Seattle group playing African songs Sunday

The Spokesman-Review

Gansango Mandinka will bring the sounds of West Africa to the World Music Series on Sunday at CenterStage, 1017 W. First Ave.

The Seattle-based group uses the kora (gourd harp), djembe and other percussion instruments in its performance of traditional African songs and dances.

A menu of West African dishes will be served Sunday at 5:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7. Admission is $43 for dinner and show, $22 for show only ($17 for ages 17 and under), by calling CenterStage at 747-8243 or through TicketsWest outlets (325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT,

Etienne Cakpo, the group’s director and lead choreographer, will present a workshop at CenterStage on Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is $10.

Maya Soleil in Sandpoint

Maya Soleil, an Afro-World Beat fusion dance band from Seattle, will give a concert Friday at Sandpoint’s Panida Theater.

Members of the group, which recently appeared at the First Night Spokane New Year’s Eve celebration, have performed and recorded with many of the big names in African music and dance.

Friday’s concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for students 18 and under; for ticket information, call (208) 263-6139 or see

Maya Soleil also will present an African dance and drumming workshop for all ages tonight from 7 to 8:30 at Studio One, 521 Cedar St. in Sandpoint. Cost is $5.