2020 Mosaic Festival Performers
Diaga Irish Dance
Country of origin or culture: Irish
Established in 2010 by World medalist and Riverdance cast member Zeph Caissie, Diaga Irish Dance has become renowned for excellence. Our school is connected to the rich Celtic heritage of the Maritimes and our performances regularly feature local musicians.
Our dancers have performed in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Hamburg Polizeishow, and will be featured artists in the 2021 Belgium Taptoe. We host Fundy Feis, an Irish dance competition in the Maritimes, and The Celtic Christmas Show, an annual celebration
of Celtic culture.
Marcel Amores & Plan Ashe Band
Country of origin or culture: Cuban
Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé ( M.A.P.A ), is an upbeat Cuban contemporary music band based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With members from the beautiful island of Cuba, Venezuela and Canada, our music delivers a fresh & new sound influenced by Cuban, Spanish and African rhythms that blend in common waters with contemporary Latin Jazz and Funk. M.A.P.A has performed at many festivals and venues in Halifax and across Nova Scotia including Halifax Jazz Fest, Cape Breton Jazz Fest, Nova MultiFest, South Shore Multicultural Fest and ECMA week.
Country of origin or culture: Nova Scotian
Reeny Smith is a powerhouse on the stage and in the studio. A songwriter, musician and producer, Reeny delivers magic every time she hits the stage. Her extraordinary vocals, confident presence and energetic live show make for a truly unforgettable, entertainment experience. At last year’s East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown, Reeny’s stunning performance at the Awards Show brought her a standing ovation topped off with two trips to the podium to take home a pair of trophies. She was also named to the Top 10 of CBC’s
Her first full-length album, WWIII: Strength Courage Love was released in 2018 and her song-writing took her to Germany and Japan. She’s collaborated with artists like Quake Matthews and opened for Anderson Paak, but through it all, Smith says the thing she’s the proudest of is developing her craft as a songwriter and being recognized for the hard work she’s put into the depth and realism of her work. She is currently working on a new Christmas album for release in fall 2020. Reeny has always been inspired and nurtured by her extensive musical family and friends growing up in North Preston, Nova Scotia.
Country of origin or culture: Syrian & Lebanese
Shanii22 is a Syrian- Lebanese breakthrough artist in the music scene. Now based out of Halifax, Shanii22 brings a cluster of combating personalities with a diverse take on music.
Country of origin or culture: Russia
Before Vladimir - professional musician for more than 20 years - made Canada his new home, he mastered his guitar and composition in Russia. A prize winner of an international classical guitar competition, he graduated from Rostov State Conservatory and toured across Europe. In Canada Vladimir continued his musical career. He has released a few classical and jazz guitar albums and created two original musicals, A Christmas Dollhouse and Oak Island Treasure, both co-written with Cheryl Edgett. He has been teaching music at Talent Studio and SCANS in Halifax, performing with many bands and musicians all across Canada, and appearing on award winning records, TV and radio stations. Vladimir is the musical director of The Shining Lights Choir - a community choir for homeless and disabled people in Halifax, NS.
Wontanara Drum & Dance Group
Country of origin or culture: West African
Wontanara Drum & Dance is a company and school of African dance and percussion based in Halifax, NS which has been founded by master dancer and choreographer from Guinea, Mohamed André Duranteau. This dynamic group specializes in teaching and sharing traditional languages, rhythms and songs from Guinea in West Africa. Wontanara, which means "we are
united" in the Susu language of Guinea, is a true definition of the spirit of West African dance culture and traditional music and the driving force behind it making Wontanara an unforgettable