You are listening to the music of Boyani.

Boyani started as a nice intercultural meeting on Queensday 2007 in Deventer. Playing together was nice, people started dancing on the street. Since that time many performances and workshops have past. From staff days, to family meetings, from small and intimate with a small group during one day, to an Africa day for 100 persons. We invite you to talk about your idea with us.

Boyani is formed by :

Yaya Samake: singing, ballophone and nGoni. Born 3rd August 1971 at Bobo-Dioulasso, the cultural city of Burkina-Faso and second city of the country. Yaya was always fascinated by traditions, but he kept also an eye for new developments. He went to a French secondary school until grade 4, but he spent also a lot of time with his neighbours, who were Griots. Griots are musicians who play an important role in the African society. They are the historical messengers and journalist. Every day there was music and art in Yaya 's life. Yaya is building his own instruments like the nGoni (a chord instrument made of calabash, bamboo, goatskin and rope). Yaya has moved to the Netherlands in 2003.

Bouba Diop: djembé, doun doun and dance
Born 20th May 1976 at Ziguinchor, Casamace Senegal. During his youth Bouba danced a lot with his friends. In 1992 he joined the Ballet Cultural Kilimanjaro. In 1998, Bouba formed with some friends the Ballet Casa di Memsa. They performed a lot in Abbene, a tourist attraction at the seaside. In 2003 Bouba visited the Netherlands for three months. He gave workshops. In 2004 he came back and organized in the Hague a weekly workshop. In 2006 he moved to Deventer.

Nico van Kan: bongo, djembe. Born 16th December 1964 at Meerssen, The Netherlands. Nico van Kan is the link with AfriKan. Since the early eighties Nico is fascinated by African music. Following Workshops djembe, a trip to Ghana where he lived together with a traditional music group, the friendship with master drummer Mangué Camara († 2006) and many other beautiful experiences have given him a background for organising performances and workshops.