Our Mission:

  • To provide artists with an opportunity to perform professionally
  • To bring the traditional music and dance of West Africa to our community and beyond
  • To educate children and adults about West African musical traditions and the culture from which they emerge
  • To preserve the traditional music of West Africa in its purest forms for future generations
  • To expand the artistic menu of our community to include West African musical arts
  • To share the joy, power and energy generated by West African music with audiences everywhere

Bibi with drumers in Guinea
Bibi with drummers in Guinea

The Company:

Darren (Bibi) Gilley  

Darren "Bibi" Gilley, Executive Director
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Rikkia Graham
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Rikkia Graham
Kadiatou Kante  
 Kadiatou Kanté
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Hamidou Koivogui
dancer, acrobat
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Hamidou Koivogui
Lamine Soumah  
 Lamine Soumah
djembe, doundoun, sangban, kenkeni, krin
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Mohamed DaCosta, Artistic Director Emeritus
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Mohamed DaCosta


Borenya is funded, in part, by:

National Endowment for the Arts
South Carolina Arts Commission
The SC Humanities Council
The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties
Columbia Music Festival Association
Doctors Care
The Kroger Co.
Target Corporation

Borenya is a member of the South Carolina Multicultural Arts Center, whose mission is to promote multicultural dance, music, and the visual and literary arts, through creation of new work, performance, and teaching.

All website material © 2007 Borenya, Columbia, SC