Wednesday, September 8, 2010

After Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2010

What an experience it was! Miyanda had the time of their young lives - they performed all over northern Scotland and were the sweethearts of the festival. They drummed, they danced, they sang and they represented Canada, Africa and themselves with the highest of respect and with a 150% committment. Their parents can never be prouder and their fans here in Canada would have been too. It was a summer to remember. For all of you who gave of yourselves, of your pockets and of your positive energy to this project and to the collective spirit of Miyanda - we THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! It takes a village...

Please enjoy the photos posted on this blog. For more, visit FACEBOOK Group: Miyanda

It has been my honour and privilege to be a part of Miyanda. I want to thank the girls - all of them - Mimi, Kaly, Natasha, Aisha, Shanille, Esther, Soleil, Nadjema, Darielle, Danae, Cyan and AJ - for their years of committment, hard-work and stunning talents and personalities. You have taught me well.

I also want to thank the parents of Miyanda - Fana, Limpho, Colleen, Nola, Norm, Ingrid, Kara, Darren, Marion, Chester, Sherry and Lori - for EVERYTHING. Standing behind great kids are greater parents. I would also like to shout out to the heavens a thank you to a steadfast Miyanda supporter and Grandmother, Birgit Okoth, may you rest in peace.

It's been wild. And I loved it.

Lisa Soro

Friday, June 25, 2010

Miyanda SWAG on sale now!!!

Miyanda will be selling their exciting new Miyanda Canada T-Shirts at all future concerts. 100% of the proceeds goes towards their upcoming trip to Scotland in July and August 2010. Thanks in advance for your support. Should you want to purchase one online, please contact us and we will ship it out to you.

Miyanda Touring in the Okanagan Summer 2010

July 1st - CANADA DAY - Kelowna

Look for Miyanda at various city parks as they Busk about the Bustle of Canada Day!!! Still in hot pursuit of funding for their upcoming tour to Aberdeen, Scotland, the girls will be sharing the hot summer rhythms of West Africa on our proud Canadian Day...they's be selling some cool t-shirts and some yummy mouth-watering chocolotes...donations also gratefully accepted!

July 2nd - Powerhouse Theatre - Vernon

Powerhouse Theatre
2901 35th Avenue, Vernon
Doors Open: 7pm Performance 7:30pm
Ticket purchase at Bean Scene and Bean to Cup Coffee Houses or at the Door.
Thanks to our presenter Robin of Dancing Hand Productions and our sponsors Pure Air, Pure Water 250.545.9121 or

July 3rd - Inner Light Yoga Studio - Vernon

Address: 2807 44th Avenue
West African Dance Workshop with Miyanda - 11:00am to 12:30pm - $15
West African Drumming Workshop with Fana Soro - 1:00pm to 2:30pm - $20

Pre-registration please contact Robin at 250.545.9121 or

July 3rd to 8th - Harambee Summer Festival Show and Workshops - Naramata

See poster above for info!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Much Much More Miyanda in May, June, July and August!

Not to be missed...

May 15th, 2010 - Miyanda will be at Granville Island helping to open up the Vancouver International Children's Festival along with other great groups...Miyanda is on stage at 1:30pm. Granville Island Market Main Stage.

May 22nd, 2010 - Miyanda on the Band Shell at the Vancouver International Children's Festival on the Festival Grounds also at 1:30pm! for more info

May 29th, 2010 - Miyanda will be performing at Collingwood Days at the Collingwood Community Centre, 2:00pm show time...Miyanda will be performing with special guest Tuedon Ariri.

June 12th, 2010 - The last in a series of six West African Dance Workshops lead by the young ladies of Miyanda at the Ammara Dance Studio 40 Sixth Street in New West. Workshop is from 1:15pm to 3:30pm, $15 and a whole lot of fun, movement and rhythm. Live Drumming.

June 20, 2010 - Miyanda will be performing as part of Car-Free-Day on The Drive at the LOV Festival...LOV Leave Out Violence, girls will be on the main stage at 2:30pm!

June 22, 2010 - Whistler Village will feel the African Beat when the girls will be drumming gondola riders up the mountain...!!!5:30 to 6:30pm.

June 25 & 27 - Hut Tales Festival, Surrey Place Mall...Miyanda will be performing and supporting author Comfort Adesuwa Ero as she hosts her yearly African Storytelling Festival in true African spirit. for more info

July 1, 2010 - Canada Day! Miyanda is hitting the road for the Okanagan and will be in Kelowna busking for the day - once we get a location, we will post where we are going to be!

July 2, 2010 - Miyanda headlining performing in Vernon. Venue to be announced!

July 3, 2010 - Miyanda West African Dance Workshop in Vernon, 10:00am - 11:30am, location to be announced.

July 8th, 2010 - Miyanda and Kutapira perform in Naramata at the fabulously awesome Harambee Festival of Families, 7pm, contact Lisa Soro if you would like to attend, by invitation only.

July 27th to August 9th - Miyanda will be at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland!!! Yayyyyyyy!!!! Oh What A Summer!!!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lots'o Miyanda May 1st Weekend!

May 1st the Miyanda ladies are splitting up to bring you more! Our friend and mentor, Comfort Adesuwa Ero, is launcing her new children's book "Kokodiko" at the Surrey Art Centre on 88th Avenue and King George Highway in Surrey. 2pm to 4pm. The Miyanda performers will be: Aisha, Esther, AJ and Darielle. Kocassale Dioubate will be playing djembesolo as they all help Comfort tell the fascinating tale of Kokodiko - the dance monster from Nigeria!
Also on May 1st from 1:15pm to 3:30pm, Natasha, Cyan, Shanille and Soleil of Miyanda, will be delivering a West African Dance Workshop at Ammara Studio at 40 Sixth Street in New Westminster. Fana Soro will be on hand for drum accompaniement. The girls are still actively fundraising for their upcoming trip to Scotland to perform at the prestigious Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Contact for more info!