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African Series

In his Peace Proposal submitted to the United Nations in 2001, Min-On Founder Daisaku Ikeda said, “Africa is the birthplace of humankind. It has been a continent of hope, giving rise to a rich diversity of civilizations since ancient times which have given humanity numerous blessings in many areas, including philosophy and science. It has long been my belief that the 21st century must be the century of Africa.” Based on this conviction, and to develop friendships with various African countries and contribute to the realization of an African century, the Min-On Concert Association initiated its first cultural exchange with an African nation in 1971. Since 1999, Min-On has engaged in the concert series entitled A Musical Voyage across Africa, which aims to introduce a variety of rich musical and dance cultures unique to the African countries, each of which has its own distinctive ethnic and tribal heritage.

Kenyan National Dancers and Drummers in 1991

The World of Madagascan Music in 2007

The National Troupe of Nigeria in 1992

Senegal’s National Ballet ”La Linguereh” in 2005

Ghana National Dance Ensemble in 2012

Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe in 1992

African Pop Group “Tatunane” from Tanzania in 1992

African percussion group Amampondo in 1995

The National Ballet of Cameroon in 2010

The Music of Morocco with Amina Alaoui, Tachinouit and Gnawa in 2003

Ethiopian National Folk Music and Dance Troupe in 1999

The National Ballet of the Republic of Guinea in 1971

Concert History

July 1971 – Guinea

The National Ballet of the Republic of Guinea


March 1991 – Kenya

Kenyan National Dancers and Drummers


March 1992 – Egypt

Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe Al-Tannoura and the National Arab Music Ensemble


July 1992 – Nigeria

The National Troupe of Nigeria


October 1992 – Tanzania

African pop group Tatunane


October 1995 – South African

African percussion group Amampondo


December 1997 – Ghana

Ghana at Forty exhibition at Min-On Center


August 1999 – Ethiopia

“A Musical Voyage across Africa” (1) – Ethiopian National Folk Music and Dance Troupe


August 2001 – Zambia

“A Musical Voyage across Africa” (2) – Zambia National Dance Troup


August 2003 – Morocco

“A Musical Voyage across Africa” (3) – The Music of Morocco with Amina Alaoui, Tachinouit and Gnawa


August 2005 – Senegal

“A Musical Voyage across Africa” (4) – Senegal’s National Ballet “La Linguere”


August 2007 – Madagascar

“A Musical Voyage across Africa” (5) – The World of Madagascan Music


September 2010 – Cameroon

“A Musical Voyage across Africa” (6) – The National Ballet of Cameroon


September 2012 – Ghana

“A Musical Voyage across Africa” (7) – Ghana National Dance Ensemble

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