Local performance troupe, Fe Fanyi, has been enlightening Central Oregon with the music and dance of West Africa since 2007. Since its formation, Fe Fanyi has performed at fundraisers, festivals and events throughout Central Oregon. Under the direction of drum instructor and artistic director, David Visiko, and dance instructor, Shannon Abero, Fe Fanyi performs traditional dance and rhythms from Guinea, Mali and the Cote’ d’Ivoire. Music and dance are powerful ways to unite us. Grand Master Djembefola Mamady Keita said that if world leaders were invited to a room filled with djembes and dununs and were taught the traditional rhythms of West Africa, we would realize world peace.