Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
A well accomplished scientist, musician and artist, Nati is deeply researching the Haitian drum as not only a core percussion element, but a vehicule of sacred medicine and wisedom. Studying the works of Ti Roro and Sanba Zao, she has evolved to a unique style of Haitian Traditional Music blending eastern chants with jazzy scats. The producer of TV series The Backyard Show, she is a true advocate of holistic well being in tune with cultural awarness. It takes a village to raise a child, why not start in your own backyard!
AFUA's diversity in training with teachers from Ghana,Nigeria,Zimbabwe, Senegal,Liberia,NYC,Seattle,Congo,Trinidad-Tobago,California,and Guinea allows her choreographed African movements to spring from her magical ability to stimulate, excite and flow with the rhythms of the drums. For the past 40+years, Afua has been an integral part of keeping cultural arts and entertainment vibrant, By co-founding Adefua African Music & Dance Company,performing cultural entertainment, and in 1994 becoming Exec.Director of Adefua Cultural Education Workshop, a non-profit organization. In 2000 she became a Washington State Certified therapeutic counselor and in 2002 she received her Certificate of Achievement in Teacher Education. These educational achievements allow her to offer an educational vessel for students to experience Africa through music, song and dance. Afua's main strength comes from her loving family. Her daughters and son are established and respected performers nationally in the African arts community. She has taught at numerous schools over the years and each learning series ends with a public performance allowing the students a chance to experience celebration.
Naby Camara, a master musician/teacher from West Africa, Guinea-born balafonist grew up in a traditional Griot family and was the official balafonist of the Federal troupe of Conakry. He played with Fatala, Les Merve, Mandeng Yahara, and performed/taught with Les Ballet African de Guinea and holds a certificate from Mamady Keita. He is the recipient of two Juno awards (Canadian Grammy). Naby brings years of knowledge, training, and a global touring experience. Naby’s group, Lagni Sussu, has originally composed, dynamic rhythms & songs coming from an over 1,000 year artistic tradition. Well versed on the 21-barred balafon, dundun, and djembe, his modernistically traditional style of music and song acknowledge history, honor to ancestors, joy and praise to events and people, and human conditions found worldwide. All ages and cultures of people enjoy the bright, joyful, rhythmic sounds of this music. It touch’s the hearts, minds, ears, and souls of all peoples. Naby Camara and Lagni Sussu bring audiences of all ages and cultures to their feet. To hire Naby for a performance/Balafon or djembe instruction call 206-786-5214
Santa Cruz, CA
Meridian Negilski is a dancer, performer, and teacher specializing in both Mali and Guinea styles of West African dance. She has been studying African and Afro-Latin dance for 15 years and has performed with several troupes throughout the country. She believes that it is through cultural exchange that a deeper understanding of self and relationship with others may be cultivated.
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