Lamine Sonko, is an award-winning musician, educator, social animator and proponent of African arts and culture. He has toured the US and Europe, collaborated on a recent Grammy award-winning album and presented sell-out shows across Australia Lamine’s formation as an artist, educator and facilitator is shaped by the ‘Griot’ tradition he was born into in Senegal. As a child in Dakar, he was immersed in a melting pot of cultures, captivated by the ancient traditions of the Wolof and Mandinko peoples. From day one it has been his mission to share his culture, his story, music, poetry and dance as a way for people to connect. Since 2004 he has resided in Melbourne, Australia where he has embraced his ever-expanding his role as an artist and educator to innovate in new directions. Lamine is passionate about using African music and culture as a creative tool to educate young people, bring communities together, facilitate team-building and inspire individuals, this motivated him to set up The Knowing Project in 2012. It is through The Knowing Project that he is able to combine his educational background in Community Development with his unmatched expertise in African arts: facilitating African drumming, music and culture workshops across the education, business, social and community sectors. He recently directed the highly acclaimed ‘One Africa’ Millennium Chorus show at Arts Centre Melbourne, pushing the boundaries of his unique fusion of African music which has been described as ‘speaking a new language’ where ‘the vibrations and soul felt in the music are uplifting’ (The Age). Lamine is known as Australia’s African cultural journeyman, he has toured Australia and internationally as a performer and educator enthusing and energizing audiences across the country, bringing people together to celebrate diversity and enable creative collective action.
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