Kattam and his Tam-Tams

Kattam and his Tam-Tams

Created by Kattam Laraki-Cote, Montreal, Quebec

Music is the best passport to discovering the many cultures of the world!

To the sound of the n’goni, balafon, djembe, naffar, derbouka and dhol, percussionist Kattam invites you to discover Africa, the Middle East and India through rhythm, song and dance! From African rap and desert dance to trance Sufi rhythm and Bollywood dance, Kattam never fails to entertain his audience. Accompanied by his monkey, Takoum, join Kattam on an incredible multicultural adventure!

Kattam’s debut music album and DVD Timbuktu to Bombay, on which his live show is based, has garnered him many awards including:

  • Tilly Award 2018 – Best Family Fun – DVD and CD
  • Parent and Teacher Choice Award 2018 – Gold Medal – DVD and CD
  • Parents’ Choice Award 2018 – Gold Medal – Timbuktu to Bombay
  • Global Music Awards 2018 – Silver Medal Winner – DVD and CD – Outstanding Achievement
  • Independent Music Awards 2016 – Best Children’s Music Album
  • JUNO Awards 2017 (Nomination) – Children’s Album of the year

Best for Grades K-6 and Families
60 Minutes – No Intermission

Photo Credit: Nathaniel Huard and outdoor photos Bruno Dos Santos


  • Social Studies
  • Music
  • Social-Emotional Learning



“If you are looking for a dynamic and engaging assembly program for your venue we would highly recommend Kattam! His exuberance coupled with lively banter and pulsating rhythms has the audience enthralled and continuously engaged. Teachers, audience members, and the Basie Administrative and Executive staff all felt that the production was a winner on all counts.”

Yvonne Lamb Scudiery, Count Basie Theatre, NJ

“Using world-class musical talent and entertaining energy, Kattam took the audience on a tour of African and Indian music. Audience members of all ages were enthralled from beginning to end. It was a blast!”

“What a unique and captivating performance!  The whole family loved it, from the kids to the grown ups.”

“I’ve seen a lot of shows at Tryon Super Saturday over the last 20 years, but I’ve not seen any that would top Kattam’s.”

Super Saturday Festival, NC

“What an amazing experience offered to mid-coast Maine. Not only was Kattam an excellent performance and show… it was an incredible opportunity for the children of the Riley School to get intimate, accessible, and high quality introduction to the sounds and sights of a very different region. Kattam excelled in capturing their attention – without a trace of the all too common tone of condescension …or any of the cute tricks often used to appeal to children. He was respectful of his audience and captured them as he shared his pure joy and skill in the music. He gave us an essential opportunity to expand and gave them a much broader world view.”

Becky Clapp, The Riley School Director, Maine, US

“Kattam is an amazing, dynamic and wonderfully talented performer.  His performances engage audiences of all ages and takes them on a high-energy international journey filled with wonderful music and dance. Our audience was completely connected to him and everyone was on their feet, clapping, dancing and singing along. What a great show!”

Stephanie Turner, Tilles Center Brookville NY