About Aguibou Bougobali Sanou
Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Aguibou Bougobali Sanou (CBA ’21) is a dancer, choreographer, musician, and storyteller. In 2016, he was a semi-finalist on “Africa’s Got Talent.” He has created work with support from the Institut Francais de Paris, Facets Choreographer residency in India, and the U.S. State Department Fulbright Scholarship. Born in Burkina Faso and raised in Burkina Faso and Mali, Sanou’s work is a mix of West African Mandingo traditional dances, Brazilian capoeira, and theater expressions drawn from his experiences with European stage directors. He designed an African dance curriculum at Naugatuck Valley Community College 2018-2019 and created a dance program at the civil prison of Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso).
Talking to my mum
At CBA, Sanou developed an artistic work that combines dance, live music and digital art. The work pays homage to Watta Dembele, Sanou’s mother. She said to her sons: “There is no job reserved for women and others for men. Everyone must and can do everything, so boys in the kitchen. Today we will all learn how to cook rice with djabadji sauce (vegetables) mandingue or saga-saga (sweet potato leaves).”