Sankofa Cultural Collective will present a cultural workshop in Afrikan Drumming and Dance led by Luther Gray and Jamilah Peters-Muhammed of New Orleans’ Bamboula 2000 drum and dance band. The workshop is part of Sankofa Cultural Collective’s Kuumba Cultural Arts workshop series and will be held on Saturday, October 10, from Noon–2:30 at the Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second Street, downtown Alexandria. The workshop is free and open to the community, though space is limited and preregistration is required at https://www.signupforms.com/registrations/5825.
In this active workshop, participants will receive instruction in hand placement and basic rhythm patterns on the Afrikan djembe drum as well as basic Afrikan dance movements and sequences. Men and women, girls and boys are encouraged to attend. Some drums will be provided, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own drums, if possible.
Sankofa Cultural Collective’s Kuumba Cultural Arts Workshops are offered free of charge and introduce participants to a variety of cultural arts and crafts rooted in African and African American traditions. Instructed by master craftspersons, artists, and artisans, the Kuumba Cultural Arts Workshops generate interest and participation in the arts and culture, provide outlets for creative expression, and celebrate the rich diversity and creativity of African American culture. Workshop descriptions and online registration forms can be found at the website, www.sankofacc.org.
Formed in 1994, Bamboula 2000’s music is influenced by musical traditions in New Orleans, the Caribbean, and Africa. Three-time winners of the prestigious Big Easy Award for Best World Music group, the band has released five compact discs and reaches thousands of children annually through their Imagination Tour dance and drum workshops.
Sankofa Cutural Collective’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for central Louisiana children, youth, and families by providing quality educational resources, arts, and cultural programming, and experiences that celebrate the heritage and culture of people of African descent.