Kattam and his Tam Tams

Part of the STRAND FAMILY SERIES

To the sound of n'goni, balafon, djembe, naffar, derbouka and dhol, percussionist Kattam invites you to discover Africa, the Middle East and India through rhythm, song and dance! From African rap and desert dance to trance sufi rhythm and Bollywood dance, Kattam never fails to entertain his audience. Accompanied by his monkey, Takoum, Kattam takes families on an incredible multicultural adventure!

Runtime: 60 minutes

Artist Bio:

Kattam – who is part Quebeçois and part Morrocan – first trained in classical music, studying piano, singing and percussion. His keen interest in world music and travel has served as the basis for manifold musical experiences abroad. He studied conga, timbales and drum in Havana in 2005, djembe and doum doum in Guinea in 2007 with such international masters as Mamady Keïta and Famoudou Konaté, and derbouka in Morroco with Mustapha Antari. He has also studied dhol through The Dhol Foundation since 2012, and Indian tabla with Hindole Majumdar since 2015. He was able to perfect his skills in pop percussions with Paul Picard, Céline Dion’s percussionist.

On the music scene, Kattam is currently part of Ayrad, winner of a Felix Award and several other distinctions, and has been an active member of several other bands, including Wesli Band and Bambara Trans, named Révélations Radio-Canada; La Mandragore, nominated at ADISQ and winner of an Opus Award; La Famille Zon; and the multi award-winning Niyaz. His experiences have included collaborations with such renowed artists as Marie-Mai, Lynda Thalie, Mes Aïeux, Mélissa Lavergne, Manu Militari, The Losts Fingers, Luc Boivin and the Belle et Bum team, Kissima Diabaté and Saïda Fikri, etc. Kattam also earned his stripes as a teacher and team-building instructor.

Kattam’s artistic path has also been enriched by other experiences. In 2009, he joined Cirque du Soleil for a special event in Washington. In 2010 he performed at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and in 2012 he was dancer among the cast that presented a Bollywood dance performance at the Gala des Jutras. In 2013 and 2015, he recorded the percussion under the direction of Martin Léon for the movies A good lie and Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre by Philippe Falardeau. He has also been featured in several television performances, including the Série Montréal Québec reality show, for which he created the opening dance-percussion choreography. He played also the lead role in the play Ali au pays d’Alice, presented at Place des Arts as part of the 2012 Festival du Monde arabe.

Drawing on his extensive experience with youth and family audiences – with close to 200 shows per year – Kattam created his first solo performance, titled Kattam and his Tam-Tams. The show has been successfully presented in daycare centres and elementary schools, as well as in performance venues across Quebec and Canada. In addition to his solo show, Kattam release in 2016 his debut music album De Tombouctou à Bombay lending renewed momentum to his career due to various prizes and nominations. In 2017 he release his english album Timbuktu to Bombay and in 2018 the DVD of his live show.

The best show EVER in our CPE! - CPE Casse-Noisettes

Kattam is great! Children and employees just adore him. He's always well-prepared, full of energy and passion, and above all, he really cares about his pupils. We love Kattam! - École Curé-Lequin

A guaranteed success - Maison de la culture Parc-Extension

Kattam is captivating! The children love his shows because the music is fun, rhythmic and instructive all at once!  It’s always a real party when Kattam is in the house! - Montreal Children's Library

He won our hearts!! - Curé-Labelle Elementary School

Magical! - École Primaire Alice-Parizeau

Best show ever! Our children have never participated with such energy and enthousiasm, they are still singing 'Wawanco Sicolaîco'! Kattam, you make wonders ! - CPE Carcarjou

 

Awards:

Tilly Award 2018 (USA)- Best Family Fun - DVD

Tilly Award 2018 (USA)- Best Family Fun - CD

Parent and Teacher Choice Award 2018 (USA) - Gold Medal - DVD and CD

Global Music Awards 2018 (USA) - Silver Medal Winner - DVD and CD - Outstanding Achievement

Gala ARISTA 2018 (Montréal) - Prix coup de coeur - Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal

Parents' Choice Award 2018 (USA) - Gold Medal - Timbuktu to Bombay

Congrès Maghrébin au Québec 2017 - Prix Arts et culture

Académie Charles Cros 2017 (France) - Coup de coeur - Disques pour enfants

Independant Music Awards 2016 (USA) - Best Children's Music Album

Prix Product'Or 2016 (Ontario) - Tournée Scolaire - Réseau Ontario

Show Dates & Times:

3/22/19 - Friday

6:30 pm,
Admission: 

Pay-As-You-Can sliding scale: $20/$10/$5/$0

Advance tickets available at the link below; by calling (207) 594-0070 (M-F, noon - 4pm); or at the box office when the theater is open for shows.

Handling Fee applies to online and phone sales (except for $0 ticket)

Donations will also be accepted at the door

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