2020 Season: May 25-October 31

Sounds of Africa

Saturday, August 10th

Experience African music and dance in the zoo during Sounds of Africa!

Join us at the zoo for a day of African music and dance! The WOFA Dance & Drum company and PanNeubean Steel will provide exciting flash performances throughout the day for the enjoyment of our visitors. August 10th is also World Lion Day, so guests can watch the lions enjoy a snack at 3:30pm during the event.

Performers & Schedule

2019 Sounds of Africa Performers


WOFA DRUM & DANCE COMPANY was founded in 2009 by Kabisko Kaba (Bisko) and continues to be a source of inspiration for PVPA students to learn about the rich culture and heritage of Guinea, West Africa. WOFA is a Sousou word which means LETS GET TOGETHER which expresses our vision to reach out into the community to share our culture and art.  Part of WOFA’s mission is to share their cultural knowledge with the larger community through performances and workshops at schools and other cultural organizations. WOFA has performed at many locations including the Gorse School, Monson High School, Westfield University and 10 Thousand Villages. This year WOFA is intending to travel to Guinea during Paideia for a cultural dance and drum intensive.

Bisko came to the U.S. in 1998 with his world renowned dance company Les Merveille de Guinea debuting in New York and touring throughout the U.S.A for over five years, during this time Bisko taught in numerous schools and community centers thrilling audiences with his boundless energy and skillful dancing, acting, drumming and singing. As a teacher Bisko is known for his passion for the arts and demonstrated commitment to excellency in his choreography and storytelling.

PanNeubean Steel

PanNeubean Steel is a Steelpan lead Caribbean band that specializes in showcasing the beautiful sounds of the Islands.

Raised on Cape Cod, Musician/Artist Jefferey Clayton(Music Director, Music Educator), founded PanNeubean Steel to share his passion for music.  His love-passion for his Jamaican heritage and the quality of PanNeubean Steel is evident through his enthusiasm, leadership and dedication to presenting a positive performance experience.  

 Showcasing the Steelpan’s versatility in Caribbean (reggae, soca, calypso), Afro-Caribbean, Contemporary, Jazz, Soul, Fusion and Classical music styles is the essence of PanNeubean Steel.



August 10 Schedule of Presentations

11:00am: Reptile Keeper Talk at the EARTH Discovery Center

11:30am: Avian Adventures at the Bird Show Arena

1:00pm: Wild Wings at the Bird Show Arena

1:30pm: Sloth Keeper Talk (at the upper sloth habitat next to chimp habitat)

2:30pm: Hyena Feeding at the hyena habitat

2:30pm: Animal Ecology Presentation at the EARTH Discovery Center

3:00pm: Bird Presentation at the Bird Show Arena

3:30pm: Lion feeding at the lion habitat

4:00pm: Coati Keeper Talk at the coati habitat

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