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Maobong Oku

Maobong is a singer, dancer, and drummer  from the Efik people of Calabar, Nigeria. Based in Vancouver, she founded the Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble.

In August, 2011, Maobong Oku played with Project Nunkue Ayaya -- Roman Diaz, Clemente Medina, Onel Mulet -- in their premier session. This was  filmed by Martin Cohen and his Congahead crew and is available on YouTube. See for photos from the video shoot.

Among the musicians who played with Maobong in Vancouver is Toto Berriel, of los Muñequitos de Matanzas, whose father Israel Berriel still plays with the group, most of whom are Abakuá. See YouTube video of Canada Day performance, 7/1/11 -- Toto is to the left of lead singer Maobong.


Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble, YouTube video of Canada Day performance, 7/1/11

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