Assane Konte

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Assane Konte is one of the original founders of KanKouran West African Dance Company, an organization that he founded in 1983 with his childhood friend and master drummer, Abdou Kounta. Since then, Konte has dedicated his career to preserving and sharing Africa’s rich culture through dance and music. His choreography and costume designs have enhanced not only KanKouran’s stage presence, but also countless local and national dance companies. KanKouran has performed with symphony orchestras, chorales, church-based dance groups, tap-dance companies, ballet companies, theatrical productions, and other drum and dance companies from around the world. Konte presently serves on the faculty at Howard University.>