Snow Griots band was formed by Cheka, who sought musicians to participate in Toronto’s first ever “Mamaya” celebration on January 6, 2007.
This community event originated in Guinèe and was performed in Toronto for the first time, under her direction. The music is as rare and distinct as the event, so she enlisted the cream of the crop of Toronto’s African musicians. This group included Kassoum Diamoutene (balafon), Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison (guitar), Chester Maroharan (guitar/ bass), Tamsir Seck (percussion, vocal),
and Guest musicians Kwanza Msingwana (percussion), Waleed Abdulhamid (bass).

Each member has distinguished him/herself with their performing and compositional skills in Toronto and abroad. There was a tremendous response from the Guinée and Senegalese communities as expected. People were shocked to hear this type of (griot) music being played in Toronto and in such a small venue with a group of musicians from diverse countries (Guinée, Mali, Ghana).

Many people also came from other communities and cultures, out of curiosity. Snow Griots, coined by Kobèna, wants to capitalize on this success to allow more people to appreciate the event and bring the spirit of the celebration to Toronto. In the brief time since that event, Snow Griots has been invited to perform at Sheridan College, Music Africa (Gladstone Hotel & AfroFest), Harbourfront Centre, Bana Y’Afrique Festival, Montreal (private function), Hadj for Nabe Abu (Sierre Leone community leader), Lula Lounge, baptisms & weddings etc.