Kevin Fell, BEd (O.C.T.), BA Hon, BA Kevin is a passionate advocate of social justice and a highly experienced artist-educator. His programs are tools for personal and societal growth. Kevin began his career in South Africa, a graduate from Rhodes University and since then he has worked with numerous Schools, School Boards, N.G.O’s, Theatre Companies and Corporations to help them facilitate learning; personal or professional growth, through the process of Creative Mediation.
Derek Thorne – Artistic Associate (Music) Derek Thorne was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. In 1991 he began teaching himself congas while earning his English Lit B.A. at McGill. He later studied latin and Caribbean percussion with Cuban legend Changuito and Toronto salsa doyen Luis Orbegoso; by 2011 he was learning traditional percussion in Burkina Faso, West Africa under master drummer and recording artist Amadou Kienou. Derek’s studio credits include Aline Morales’ JUNO-nominated album Flores, Tambores e Amores (2011), Kobo Town’s Jumbie in the Jukebox (2013), the forthcoming album Love And Protest by singer-songwriter Joni Nehrita, and The Soul Motivators’ forthcoming album Do the Damn Thing.
Amadou Kienou – Artistic Director (Drumming) Amadou Kienou is the 7th son of a family of praise singers from the Dafing origin, originating from a tribe which formed a part of the ancient Mandingue Empire. This tribe extends to Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali. Amadou, born in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, was initiated into music mostly by his father the late BABA KIENOU who distinguished himself in the sixties as a traditional praise singer and musician. Amadou has toured extensively and collaborated with many of the world’s top artists in his musical genre including: Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibango, Angélique Kidjo, Kassav, Youssou N’dour and Salif Keita. His recorded albums include: AYA FO (1999), SYA (2004) and TAABALI (2006). In 2011 Amadou was awarded Best African Artist of the year at the renowned International FESPACO festival. Amadou was nominated and one in two categories in the Kilimandjaro Music Awards for 2017 Best Live Concert Performer Best Male Artist Amadou is the appointed Cultural Ambassador for Burkina Faso in Toronto, and organizes trips for Canadians to learn drumming with him in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso every December.
Mark Sepic – Artistic Associate (Sound Sculptor) Mark Sepic is an internationally recognized guitarist/composer, whose virtuoso finger-style guitar, appealing vocal style, impeccable taste, child-like sense of play and some electronic loop-wizardry make his concerts an irresistible joy-ride into the magic of music. His projects have been featured in thirteen consecutive Toronto Jazz Festivals and have taken him abroad to Germany, Cuba and Singapore. A passionate environmentalist, Mark’s “Junkestra” program, a hands-on wonderland of recycling, integrates sports, music, and art, celebrating the musical potential of everyday things. In schools, galleries and festivals throughout Ontario, Mark has helped Canadians recycle over 250,000 items, giving tin cans, toilet paper rolls and plastic jars a musical afterlife as drums, kazoos and maracas.