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Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage

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DANCE AND DRUMS OF AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA

Regions: Africa
Formats: School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event, Workshop
Genres: Dance, Music
Levels: All Ages

Dancers and musicians guide students through a variety of African dance and music, highlighting the connections between Africa’s traditional cultures and these art forms.  In workshops, students learn and perform African dances as they respond to the call of the drum.

Artists

Jerbean Gilkes

Jerbean Gilkes

Jerbean Gilkes is a dancer and educator. He has performed and taught at institutions such as Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum. He works with the New York City Department of Education’s Sport and Arts in School Foundation and Symphony Space Global Arts: cultural literacy and heritage programs as a dance teacher and choreographer.

Sanga of the Valley

Sanga of the Valley

Sanga of the Valley is a drummer and djembe player, born in Trinidad and Tobago. He has worked and performed with a number of artists, including Nina Simone, Carlos Santana, and the Grateful Dead. He has been performing in New York City for over 40 years, and has worked with Mickey Hart on the album Planet Drum, which won the first Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 1991.

Charles Moore Dance Theatre

Charles Moore Dance Theatre

Charles Moore Dance Theatre, founded in 1974 by the late Charles Moore with artistic director Ella Moore. The company creates and reconstructs dances, most notably “Shango,” the signature dance of world-renowned choreographer Katherine Dunham. The company’s African, Carribean and African-American dance and drumming programs have been seen on the stages of Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and in Central Park, and its work has been broadcast on the PBS series, Great Performances. Ms. Moore holds a B.A. in Arts and Education from Howard University.

Women of the Calabash

Women of the Calabash

Women of the Calabash, founded in 1978, combines traditional instruments, vocals, and music forms with contemporary influences to perform music from Africa, the Caribbean, and black America. Under artistic director Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, Women of the Calabash uses moments during workshops and performances to teach the history and playing techniques of the various instruments used, giving context to the music they perform. Women of the Calabash shared billing with performers such as the Temptations, Richie Havens, Philip Glass, Odetta and more.