Dance & Drum of Nigeria, West Africa & Beyond! 2015

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Come by and celebrate with community the power of preserving indigenous cultures of Africa in America.

https://www.facebook.com/events/626290614165704/

Schedule:

DRUM
Saturday Febrary 7 2:00-3:30 pm

DANCE
Monday February 9 7:00 – 8:30 pm

DANCE
Thursday February 12 7:00 – 8:30 pm

DRUM
Friday 2/13
5:00 – 6:15pm

DANCE
Friday 2/13 6:30 – 8:00 pm

DRUM
Friday 2/13
5:00pm- 6:15pm

Price per class: $15 / Students: $10
Drum rental $5
Group rates available
Trade for work available too

Join Akeem Ayanniyi and Uzo Nwankpa for four unique classes in the art of Nigerian and West African inspired dance, rhythm, culture and tradition. Experience the energy and vitality of African culture through dance and music, shared by two extraodinary artists.

Live drumming, no dance or drum experience necessary, all levels welcome! Ideal for all ages. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes optional.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-dance-drum-workshops-tickets-15388443248

Akeem Ayanniyi leads Agalu. The “Ayan” prefix of Akeem’s name Ayanniyi, indicates that he descends from a family lineage that can be traced back 700 years to the Yoruba deity ofdrumming, Ayan Agalu. As the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum, Akeem, is from the Western Nigerian town of Erin Oshun near the historic art center of Oshogbo.He has been performing since the age of five and has, as a performer and teacher, toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States. Akeem settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1993 and founded Agalu in 1998. http://www.agalu.com

Uzoamaka (Uzo) Nwankpa is from the eastern part ofNigeria, formerly known as Biafra. She migrated to the United States and has continued to promote health and wellness through movement. She developed a program called the Uzo method project which facilitates healing through the indigenous sounds and movements of her country. She is a descendant of an all time award winner of the Atilogwu dance (specific to Iwollo town) competition of the Eastern Region of Nigeria Mazi Emmanuel Nwankpa. http://www.theuzo.com

Reflections from El Paso TX post healing session.

The people I met when I visited El Paso TX became an inspiration to me.

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The first time I ventured into the town, we received so much love. This 2nd time around, it was similar.

A man told me ” You left an essence in the room the last time you were here and it shows up every time we play our drums”

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A lady said to me” Have your driven through? have you seen the border? pretty intense.

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We danced and and we played and we drummed and we sang and we prayed for all to feel this joy, to believe in life again

To be awakened

To continue the fight

We got undressed

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removed the the body and were floating the highs of the pure spirit

I am truly honored to hear the voices of those lost

The ancestry will not be forgotten

Uzo

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I asked a few volunteers to self report their perceived stress and energy levels before and after the intervention.

Objectifying my intuition

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