Location: Versailles

Challenge: Various Disabilities

Website: teranga-show.com

Teranga in Senegal means: "The land of welcome, sharing and hospitality". TERANGA is a show that gathers mentally handicapped musicians - most of them having Downs Syndrome - with professional musicians. They began performing in 2000.

Their goals are simply, to integrate to society the challenged musicians performing with professional musicians. To become a band standard for the handicapped people and their environment. It is a band where the handicapped person can feel good with, identify with. Inspire vocations and thanks to the therapeutic effects (better concentration, better psychomotricity…) and suggest to devellop this kind of project in appropriate establishments.

It is a cocktail of energy, generosity and sincerity, for all types of audiences. There are 2 parts : first part is the integral concert, and secondly a documentary that is to show the work and the process for creating the music that the musicians go through, based on rhythm sensations.

Teranga is a show that gathers mentally challenged musicians - most of them having Downs Syndrome - with professional musicians.

They had their first concert in 2000 at the Palais des Congrès of Paris, for the 40th anniversary of the UNAPEI (“National Committee of Friends and Parents of Handicapped Children”). Since then, they have played at The Cabaret Sauvage in Paris (Festival sponsored by the Mairie of Paris), at the Trocadéro (“Handicap days of UNAPEI”), at the Ministery of Justice and at Champs de Mars (“Defistival”).

Indeed the diffusion of the show through concerts and festivals, and the dissemination of DVD TERANGA contribute to change the way we look on Disability, Symbiosis, complicity and the vital involvement of handicapped musicians of TERANGA make a show rich in emotions, energy (percusssions), and colors.

TERANGA has been playing in many places and occasions (sensibilisation to Disability issue campaigns), such as mixed festivals in Germany...