Senegalese master drummer and dancer Yacou Mbaye was born in Dakar, Senegal. He took to dancing at a young age, performing to a crowd of 10,000 people at only 6 years old. Yacou and his sister Mejoure won the highly regarded ‘Oscar de Vacance’ dance and percussion competition in 1997, and again in 2000. Yacou has performed with greats such as Rokia Traore, Alpha Blondy, Angelique Kidjo, Toumani Diabate and Salif Keita. He is a current member of the acclaimed Australian based bands Keyimba, and Chosani Afrique.
Now based in Sydney, Yacou teaches drum and dance classes, designs and delivers workshops, and performs at festivals and corporate events across Australia. Yacou’s vibrant energy and radiant smile is legendary in Austraia’s world music scene.
Along with drum and dance skills, Yacou shares his passion for Senegalese culture. His warm and playful approach makes him an instant hit in studios, classrooms and corporate workshops.