I am a lifelong student of West African dance and percussion, and have studied under great West African teachers for more than 15 years. Among them Mohammed DaCosta, Yousef Kombassa, Babatunde Olatunji, Mouminatou Camara, Koto Ngun,and Lansana Camara to name a few. I founded the chamber music organization Garvey-Sisay- a world music percussion ensemble. As a licensed social worker, certfied teaching artist and doctoral scholar, I realize the importance of drumming and dance as part of education, health and wellness.
As a fiber artist and weaver, I continue the exploration of patterns and relationships and speak on art, mental health and empowerment as powerful catalysts for community and social change. I provide workshops, interactive discussions and classes for intimate groups as well as larger forums. I can do an intimate presentation alone, or I can bring an exciting ensemble of dancers and drummers to meet your entertainment and/or educational needs.
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What to Expect
Percussion selections with explanations of the history of songs, and interactive participation-emphasizing the interrelationship between dancers and drummers. I also can teach classes/workshops from imparting information from the West African Malinke and SouSou peoples in dance and percussion as part of mental health and wellness.
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