MAKAYA 'KAYOS' is a traditional and contemporary artist-choreographer, dancer, and drummer from Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. He arrived in the U.S. in 2007, brought to the states as an artist performing with Compagnie Li-Sangha in the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Prior to his arrival, he had toured parts of Europe while working with professional dance companies from the Congo. He currently teaches dance and/or drum workshops/classes in Ukiah, Santa Cruz, and other places in the Bay Area. His energetic, technical style is desired by many.
ARNAUD LOUBAYI of Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, started his artistic career in 2000. He took part in various courses and trainings in modern, contemporary dance with several choreographers. He toured with many companies as solo artist. He joined the group Ngoma Za Kongo in 2006 as a choreographer and toured many places in Africa, Asia, and America. With his experience as a dancer and choreographer, Arnaud Loubayi would like to introduce his perspective of the arts and traditions of Congolese dance to America.