'Through the Mastery of Divine Rhythms travel ever homeward through time and space, riding waves of color and sound, from city streets to village squares, across an ocean to a clearing in the rain forest .... moving back and forth from traditional creole expression to contemporary urban experience.'

Tamango is a master of improvisation, renowned as one of the most musical tap artists worldwide. He blends the new sounds of hip hop culture with funk /world music, and the traditional jazz idioms  of bee bop and swing in a unique contemporary style.

 

A  native of the Amazon, French Guiana, Tamango moved to Paris at age nine.  In his late teens he began his formal education in art by entering the renowned Beaux Art de Paris. In his early twenties he started tap dancing at the American Center in Paris. He left Paris to join the 'university of the streets' , and eventually made his home in New York City.

 

Tamango has performed internationally with Giant Step NYC, and at festivals in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and South America. Tamango has shared the stage with legendary  musicians, Bobby McFerrin, Omar Sosa, David Murray, William Cepeda,  Elvin Jones  and Min Tanaka; as well as legendary dancer Mikail Barishnikov, and tap dancers  Sarah Petronio, Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines, Chuck Green Buster Brown, Harriet Brown and Tina Pratt.

 

Tamango  has performed in music videos with Madonna and Tony Bennett. He is the founder,  producer and artistic director of 'Urban Tap', having performed around the world and also on Broadway. He was choreographer and co-director of the smash hit 'Cool Heat Urban Beat, which toured Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Hawaii. Tamangoh's most recent work was with Takeshi Kitano in Tokyo.

 

Currently Tamangoh is working on a shamanic dance project from his native country French Guiana.

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