Korea's iconic percussion show 'Nanta' to take place in Africa's largest cultural event

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : April 4, 2024, 17:58 Updated : April 4, 2024, 17:58
Courtesy of the Korea Foundation
[Courtesy of the Korea Foundation]

SEOUL, April 04 (AJU PRESS) - The state-run Korea Foundation will hold the iconic Korean percussion show "Nanta" in Côte d'Ivoire. The performance will be featured at the Marche des Arts du Spectacle d'Abidjan (MASA), the largest cultural event in Africa, where South Korea will be showcased as this year's special guest nation.

Nanta is a non-verbal theatrical performance combining percussion and comedic elements. It features lively performances and a unique blend of traditional and modern elements. The performance predominantly takes place in a kitchen setting where the performers use various kitchen utensils as percussion instruments, creating rhythmic beats while telling a humorous story.

The Korea Foundation (KF) said the Nanta performance will be presented on April 14 at the MASA festival in Yamoussoukro, the capital city of Côte d'Ivoire. More than 100 performance groups from Europe, Asia, and Africa are scheduled to participate in this year's event.

Before the MASA event, the foundation will host the Nanta show at the Tunisian Medina Festival in Tunisia on April 6. This festival is a yearly cultural celebration held in the capital city of Tunis during the Ramadan period.

"The two performances will serve as a great opportunity to introduce Korea's unique performance culture ahead of the 'Korea-Africa Summit' to be held in Seoul in June," a KF official said in a statement. In October 2023, South Korea's foreign affairs ministry launched a preparatory committee for the summit, where entrepreneurs from 54 African countries are expected to attend. The foreign minister highlighted Africa's growing significance, citing its growth potential and rich resources.
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